Digital Humanities Initiative

The Digital Humanities Initiative is a collaborative effort between the UIC Institute for the Humanities and the UIC Library, with awarded funding as of spring 2019.  Please visit the new DHI site to see resources and projects: dhi.uic.edu. This initiative has three parts:

  1. Dr. Hannah Huber appointed first Postdoctoral Research Associate in Digital Humanities. Dr. Huber will coordinate Digital Humanities programing, deliver a seminar and lecture based on her own digital humanities work, and help guide digital humanities work for faculty and students.
  2. Augmenting the capabilities for a greater digital scholarship presence on the UIC campus to bring the scholarly work of faculty and students in all disciplines up-to-date and pave the way for future projects. Visit the Digital Scholarship Hub in the Richard J. Daley Library to experience resources for digital humanities, digital scholarship, scholarly publishing, geographic information system (GIS) and other projects. Equipment available includes GIS data visualization displays, 3D printers, a laser cutter, computers with software for data and text mining and more. Visitors to the Hub can meet with librarians and the Digital Humanities Initiative's Postdoctoral Research Associate in Digital Humanities Hannah Huber, Ph.D., as well as other experts.
  3. Funding two works shops in the digital humanities for students and faculty, including the upcoming "Digital Humanities in Practice: Project Development and Digital Pedagogy" as well as "Resources and Visibility in Digital Humanities," a full conference on October 22-23, 2020 that will offer high level academic discourse combined with innovative research methods. Click link below to for more information and to register.

Digital Humanities Conference: October 22-23, 2020

Digital Resources and Events

Below are resources and events created in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Initiative.

Best Practices for Virtual Presentations

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Follow this link for a preparation guide providing details and resources for conducting lectures and seminars online. Topics include:

  • Determining a presentation format
  • Selecting a videoconferencing tool
  • Preparing a slide presentation
  • Pre-recording a presentation

Spring 2020 Seminar "Digitizing U.S. Sleep Culture

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April 15, 2020 from 1 – 3 PM (please note date change)

Hannah Huber, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Digital Humanities

Presented via Zoom and followed by a Q&A discussion
(See Zoom Meeting details below)

Click here for more information.

Digital Humanities Workshop, Spring 2020

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Digital Humanities in Practice: Project Development and Digital Pedagogy
February 27, 2020
9 am – 4 PM
Kate Topham, Digital Archivist, MSUM
Megan Kudzia, Digital Scholarship Librarian, MSU
Kristen Mapes, Assistant Director of Digital Humanities, MSU
This workshop, led by digital humanities experts from Michigan State University’s Digital Scholarship Lab, featured an introductory presentation, two breakout sessions with hands-on tutorials, and a provided lunch.
Click here for more information.

Digital Humanities Workshop, Fall 2019

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Digital Humanities Workshop: Literacy and Methods

November 21, 2019
9 AM – 2 PM

Matt Taylor, Director, Media and Design Studio, Northwestern University

John Honn, Digital Humanities Librarian, Northwestern University Library

This inaugural workshop for the Digital Humanities Initiative introduced faculty and graduate students to digital humanities methods and aid in the facilitation of digital humanities in teaching and scholarly work.

Click here for more information.

Spring 2020 Seminar: "Sleep Fictions"

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November 7, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location Stevenson Hall, Lower Level
Address 701 S Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60612
Hannah Huber, Postdoctoral Research Associate
Huber’s book project argues that realist writers from Charles Chesnutt to Charlotte Perkins Gilman mobilized sleep to convey the race, class and gender disparities that belied the promising twenty-four-hour productivity of the Progressive Era. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to literary and critical sleep studies, Huber contextualizes the lived experience of insomniacs, somnambulists, and oversleepers—characters whose errant behaviors dramatize the biopolitical dimensions of rest and its regulation. Ultimately, this project investigates the circumscription of sleep and social agency, highlighting how U.S. cultural demands for efficiency impede and restrict sleep on the displaced and marginalized.
Click here for more information.

May 27, 2020; 1-3pm

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Full event page here:

This session is intended to assist UIC faculty and instructors in transitioning from the traditional classroom to the virtual. It will begin with a brief presentation by Hannah Huber (Postdoctoral Research Associate in Digital Humanities) with Q&A to follow.

Topics include:

  • Preparing for an online course
  • Developing online modules in Blackboard
  • Incorporating asynchronous components
  • Use of web-conferencing tools and other
  • UIC- and ACCC-provided resources
  • Ideas for active learning activities
  • Utilizing and moderating discussion-based tools
  • Facilitating online peer review workshops
  • Shifting final project format from traditional to multimodal
  • Assessing digital projects

Zoom Details:

Time: May 27, 2020 1-3 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Direct Link to Zoom Meeting: https://uic.zoom.us/j/93949731387?pwd=RFVlTTJMUXM3WTNMUlRrcWI0bE1mdz09

Meeting ID: 939 4973 1387
Password: 068048

Don’t have an account through UIC’s Zoom Service? Register here.

Contact
Hannah Huber (312) 996-6352 h1huber@uic.edu

April 14, 2020; 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Troubleshooting the Virtual Classroom: Live Q&A with the Digital Humanities Initiative (Round 2)

April 14, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

This session is intended to assist UIC faculty and instructors in transitioning from the traditional classroom to the virtual. It will be led by Hannah Huber, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Digital Humanities, and Brian Atkinson, Visiting Assistant Professor and Digital Scholarship Research Coordinator.

Click here for detailed event info.

April 8, 2020; 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Troubleshooting the Virtual Classroom: Live Q&A with the Digital Humanities Initiative

This session is intended to assist UIC faculty and instructors in transitioning from the traditional classroom to the virtual. It will be led by Hannah Huber, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Digital Humanities, and Brian Atkinson, Visiting Assistant Professor and Digital Scholarship Research Coordinator.

Click here for detailed event info.