Digital Humanities Incubators

Sequence 1: Race + Space + Place - Spring 2017

Our first Digital Humanities Incubator (DHI) sequence, Race + Space + Place, explores our themes of African American labor, migration, and artistic expression, building on the successful DHI model developed by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) for fostering interdisciplinary work involving digital methods. Our series of workshops and small tutorials, as well as individual or group consultations, offer participants hands-on experience in envisioning and engaging new digital projects - whether they participate in individual sessions or the entire sequence.

These are hands-on workshops, so please come with your laptop and research interests - no previous digital training required!

If you plan to join us, please click here to register!

Session 1: Surveying the Terrain
Monday, February 6, 1:30-3:00PM at 0301 Hornbake Library, MITH Conference Room
or, Thursday, February 9, 11:00AM-12:30PM at Howard University, Interdisciplinary Research Building Conference Room

The opening session probes the analytical, conceptual, and ethical considerations of envisioning African American experience through the digital. Examining the complexities of considering traditional humanities and social science sources as data, it reveals how design raises new ways of thinking about audiences, materials, and audiences often taken for granted in writing. Collaborating on shared interests, participants explore methods of translating the multiplicity of meaning-making, positionality, and uncertainty around time and space inherent in African American research within computational constraints.

Session 2: Meaning and Mapping
Monday, March 6, 1:30-3:00PM at 0301 Hornbake Library, MITH Conference Room
or, Thursday, March 9, 10:30AM-12:00PM at 0301 Hornbake Library, MITH Conference Room

Introducing the practical components of map-making, we examine mapping as a form of investigation imbued with issues of representation and power. Using a suite of spatial tools, participants gain repertoires of techniques and technologies in geospatial information systems (GIS), spatial humanities, and deep mapping.

Session 3: Time and Narrative
Monday, April 3, 1:30-3:00PM at 0301 Hornbake Library, MITH Conference Room
or, Thursday, April 6, 10:30AM-12:00PM at 0301 Hornbake Library, MITH Conference Room

The third session examines how integrating narrative with mapping can help reveal particularities of how blackness shapes the experience of space and place across time. Introducing techniques to weave narrative features through digital platforms, it offers methods and tools for representing interconnected communities, narratives and archival materials in accessible ways.

Session 4: Representing Movement
Monday, May 1, 1:30-3:00PM at 0301 Hornbake Library, MITH Conference Room
or, Thursday, May 4, 10:30AM-12:00PM at 0301 Hornbake Library, MITH Conference Room

The final incubator introduces participants to geospatial information systems (GIS) that support simulations of travel, movement, and migration. This session prompts questions about conceptualizations of proximity and distance, imagined and real boundaries, as well as shared experiences that occur in multiple places. For example: how can we couple maps and network models to develop critical geographies of black art worlds? Or, how do black union workers and their ideas move through space, shaping the labor movement and the black community?