Nebraska Digital Workshop Archive

First Annual Nebraska Forum on Digital Humanities

Nebraska Forum

Provocative questions about what we know—and think we know—about the humanities and how new digital tools in humanities research might reveal surprising gaps in our understanding will be addressed at a lecture and reception open to the public, Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 3:30 pm at the Great Plains Art Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1155 Q St, Hewit Place, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Speakers Ted Underwood, associate professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Tanya Clement, assistant professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, will talk about their groundbreaking research, which uses computational methods to uncover new insights into literature and literary history.

Underwood's talk, titled "How Well Do We Understand Literary History?", challenges the common notion that the literary history of Britain and North America between 1700 and 1900, though thoroughly studied for decades, is well understood. His argument for this emerges from surprising results of his research, which involves searching and analyzing hundreds of thousands of digitized books. Such "data-mining" demonstrates that we still lack a stable understanding of basic literary concepts like "genre" or "poetic diction," or even "literature" itself.

Clement's talk, titled "Sound Seeings, or High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship," reveals the emerging digital approaches for research and preservation of audio recordings. Hundreds of thousands of spoken text audio files--including poetry readings, Native American stories, and presidential speeches--remain untapped in archives throughout the world. Clement is part of a team developing original computational tools that help us visualize and understand our sound culture in new ways. Rather than solely fixating on written text, these projects bring tone, rhythm, and other auditory clues to the table, potentially enabling a range of new revelations.

Both lectures will bring exciting new research that asks fundamental questions about the humanities to a broad and diverse audience. Though different in their subjects of interest, the talks by Underwood and Clement are united in their discussion about the transformational possibilities inherent in emerging digital tools and methods.

These lectures are part of a two-day event titled "Hacking at Books: The Nebraska Forum on Digital Humanities," an annual, thematic exploration of issues in Digital Humanities at UNL (a reinvention of the Nebraska Digital Workshop, which has been held annually since 2006). UNL is well-known internationally as a leader in Digital Humanities research and is home to the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, the major sponsor of the Forum. The program is also funded in part by the Nebraska Humanities Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Sixth Annual Nebraska Digital Workshop

The Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln hosted the Sixth annual Nebraska Digital Workshop on October 14 & 15, 2011.  Through a competitive process, selected early career scholars were invited to present their work in digital humanities.

The presenters for 2011 were:

  • Kirsten C. Uszkalo: The Witches in Early Modern England (WEME) Project - Abstract | CV | Web Site
  • Jentery Sayers: How Text Lost Its Source: Magnetic Recording Cultures Abstract | CV
  • Colin F. Wilder: Republics of Literature: Considerations on How to Construct a Database with People and Texts in the German Enlightenment and Beyond -
    Abstract | CV | Web Site

The Workshop supplemented its roster by bringing nationally recognized senior scholars in digital humanities to Lincoln to participate and work with the scholars whose work is selected for presentation.

The Senior Scholars for 2011 were:

William G. Thomas, III teaches U.S. history and specializes in Civil War, the U.S. South, Slavery, and in Digital History. He is currently the Chair of the Department of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has served as the John and Catherine Angle Professor in the Humanities at Nebraska since 2005.

Susan Brown Project Director of the Orlando Project, is Associate Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph and a founding member of the Orlando Project.

Fifth Annual Nebraska Digital Workshop

The audio above is from the presentation "Scholarship in the Digital Age: Professional Evolutions." The speakers were Stefan Tanaka, Amanda Gailey, and Fotis Jannidis.

The Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln hosted the fifth annual Nebraska Digital Workshop on October 1 & 2, 2010.  Through a competitive process, selected early career scholars were invited to present their work in digital humanities.

The presenters for 2010 were:

  • Jean Ann Bauer: Republicans of Letters - Application
  • Christopher Johanson: Spectacle in the Forum Abstract | CV
  • Rama C. Hoetzlein: Alternatives for Author-Centric Knowledge Organization - Abstract | CV | Video

The Workshop supplemented its roster by bringing nationally recognized senior scholars in digital humanities to Lincoln to participate and work with the scholars whose work is selected for presentation.

The Senior Scholars for 2010 were:

Dr. Fotis Jannidis is professor of German literature and literary computing at the University of Wuerzburg, and is well known for his work on Goethe's Faust: A Genetic Edition.

Dr. Stefan Tanaka is professor of history, specializing in modern Japanese history. In particular, he is interested in the technologies of communication and the ways that pasts have been formulated through various media.

Dr. Amanda Gailey is Assistant Professor of English at UNL and a Fellow at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. She specializes in digital editing and nineteenth-century American literature.

Fourth Annual Nebraska Digital Workshop

October 2 & 3, 2009

The Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln hosted the fourth annual Nebraska Digital Workshop on October 2 & 3, 2009.  Through a competitive process, selected early career scholars will be invited to present their work in digital humanities.

The presenters for 2009 were:

  • Amy E. Earhart: 19th Century Concord Digital Archive - Abstract
  • Angel David Nieves: Digital History and Virtual Heritage in the New South Africa: The Soweto ’76 Archive - Abstract
  • Heather Raikes: Corpus Corvus: Exploring Contemporary Mythos Through Immersive Media Poetics - Abstract
  • Matthew Wilkens: Revolutions and Large Literary Corpora, or What is a Period? - Abstract

The Workshop supplements its roster by bringing two nationally recognized senior scholars in digital humanities to Lincoln to participate and work with the scholars whose work is selected for presentation.  In 2009, the two digital humanists who are invited to participate on the faculty of the Workshop were:

  • Johanna Drucker, Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.
  • Matt Kirschenbaum, Associate Professor of English, University of Maryland, College Park.

Third Annual Nebraska Digital Workshop

October 10 & 11, 2008

The Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln hosted the third annual Nebraska Digital Workshop on October 10 & 11, 2008.  Through a competitive process, selected early-career scholars were invited to present their work in digital humanities.

The presenters for 2008 were:

  • Tanya Clement: Textmining, Visualizations, and "Queer things like us": Using Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans to develop text mining procedures and visualizations in the MONK project - Abstract
  • Carlos Monroy: Good Wind and Good Sea: Navigating Beyond Text, Illustrations, and Physical Artifacts - Abstract
  • Gregory J. Prickman: The Atlas of Early Printing and the Digital History of the Book - Abstract
  • Hijoo Son: Visualization of Diasporic Art: Re-presentation and Retrieval of a Digital Archive - Abstract

The Workshop supplemented its roster by bringing two nationally recognized senior scholars in digital humanities to Lincoln to participate and work with the scholars whose work is selected for presentation.  In 2008, the two digital humanists who were invited to participate on the faculty of the Workshop were:

  • Greg Crane, Professor of Classics, Tufts University, and Editor, Perseus Project. Crane has published extensively on Greek and Latin literature as well as in digital humanities.
  • Katherine Hayles, Professor, Literature Program and ISIS (Information Science, Information Studies), Duke University. Hayles's publications include Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary (forthcoming, 2008), and My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts, 2005.

Second Annual Nebraska Digital Workshop

October 6, 2007

The Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln hosted the first annual Nebraska Digital Workshop on October 6, 2007.  Through a competitive process, three early-career scholars were invited to present their work in digital humanities.

The presenters for 2007 were:

  • John Carlson: The Alliterative Morte Arthure (CD Rom) - Abstract
  • Cathy Moran Hajo: The Public Writings of Margaret Sanger, 1911-1959 - Abstract
  • Andrew Torget: Texas Slavery Project - Abstract| Web Site

The Workshop supplemented its roster by bringing two nationally recognized senior scholars in digital humanities to Lincoln to participate and work with the scholars whose work is selected for presentation.  In 2007, the two digital humanists who were invited to participate on the faculty of the Workshop were:

  • Julia Flanders, Director, Women Writers Project and Associate Director for Textbase Development, STG, Brown University
  • Syd Bauman, Senior Programmer/Analyst, Women Writers Project, Brown University

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September 23, 2006

The Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln hosted the first annual Nebraska Digital Workshop on September 23, 2006.  Through a competitive process, four early-career scholars were invited to present their work in digital humanities.

The presenters for 2006 were:

  • Shawn Graham, University of Manitoba: Purges, Proscriptions, and the Archaeology of Roman Social Organisation: an Agent Based Simulation of an Ancient Society - Abstract
  • Katherine Harris, San Jose State University: Forget Me Not: A Hypertextual Archive of Ackermann's 19th-Century Literary Annual - Abstract| Web Site
  • Edward Whitley, Lehigh University: The Vault at Pfaff's: An Archive of Art and Literature by New York City's Nineteenth-Century Bohemians - Abstract| Web Site
  • Vika Zafrin, Brown University: RolandHT - Abstract

The Workshop supplemented its roster by bringing two nationally recognized senior scholars in digital humanities to Lincoln to participate and work with the scholars whose work is selected for presentation.  In 2006, the two digital humanists who were invited to participate on the faculty of the Workshop were:

  • Edward L. Ayers, Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Professor of History at University of Virginia. Ayers pioneered in digital media with "The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War."
  • Alan Liu, Professor in the English Department at University of California, Santa Barbara. Alan Liu is the weaver of Voice of the Shuttle.