Data Mining in the Humanities


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Week 1, Jan 18

Topic: Introduction to the course
In-class exercise: Annotation

Week 2, Jan 25

Topic: What is/are (digital) humanities?
Reading: Underwood, Ted. “Why an Age of Machine Learning Needs the Humanities.” Public Books (blog), December 5, 2018.
In-class exercise: Markdown and GitHub

Week 3, Feb 1

Topic: What is/are data?
Reading: D’Ignazio, Catherine, and Lauren Klein. “Collect, Analyze, Imagine, Teach.” In Data Feminism. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2020.
Assignment: blog post #1 due

Week 4, Feb 8

Guest speaker: Caryn Radick, Digital Archivist, Special Collections and University Archives
Topic: Rutgers College War Service Bureau Records
Reading: Berry, Dorothy. “The House Archives Built.” up//root (blog), June 22, 2021.

Week 5, Feb 15

Topic: Markup
Reading: Flanders, Julia, Syd Bauman, and Sarah Connell. “Text Encoding.” In Doing Digital Humanities: Practice, Training, Research, 104–22. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2016.
Lab: Close Reading with the TEI

Week 6, Feb 22

Topic: People and places
Reading: Horne, John. “Soldiers, Civilians and theWarfare of Attrition: Representations of Combat in France, 1914-1918.” In Authority, Identity and the Social History of the Great War, edited by Frans Coetzee and Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee, 325–55. Providence, RI: Berghahn Books, 1995.
In-class exercise: Extra time on last week’s text encoding lab
Assignment: blog post #2 due

Week 7, Mar 1

Topic: Maps
Reading: Turnbull, David. “Maps Are Territories: Science Is an Atlas: A Portfolio of Exhibits.” Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993. Read Exhibits 1-4. Optional: browse/read Exhibit 10.
Lab: mapping
Assignment: blog post #2 due

Week 8, Mar 8

Topic: Networks
Reading: D’Ignazio, Catherine, and Lauren Klein. “On Rational, Scientific, Objective Viewpoints from Mythical, Imaginary, Impossible Standpoints.” In Data Feminism. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2020.
Assignment: blog post #3 due
Lab: networks

Week 9, Mar 22

Topic: Edition
Reading: Earhart, Amy E. “An Editorial Turn: Reviving Print and Digital Editing of Black- Authored Literary Texts.” In The Digital Black Atlantic, 30–48. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2021.

Week 10, Mar 29

Group projects; in-class discussion
In-class exercise: Networks part 2!!