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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Demystifying the Digital Humanities

Demystifying the Digital Humanities is a series of six workshops, funded by the Simpson Center and the UW Textual Studies program, presenting a guided introduction to the points of intersection between traditional and digital humanities (DH), including how traditional humanities approaches and questions are used or translated in DH studies, and identifying major DH subfields and their goals.

These workshops are geared toward graduate students who are curious about digital humanities and interested in using digital humanities techniques but are not sure how to get started or are unclear about what digital humanities scholarship requires.

Each quarter's workshops cover a different aspect of getting started—Fall 2012 focused on professionalization, including developing an online scholarly identity, and finding other colleagues with similar interests. In Winter 2013, introductions to programming and working with code as a non-programmer are provided. Spring 2013’s sessions cover project management techniques, and explore some of the major tools (both free and premium) that are available.

Throughout the year, the workshops showcase new and existing UW resources that can help participants get started and continue their training in digital humanities. We'll also discuss strategies for balancing between digital and traditional scholarship, and navigating the job market as an applicant responding to postings that call for DH experience. While it may seem as though digital humanities requires one to wholly reinvent oneself as a scholar, this isn't actually the case; a primary goal of this workshop series is to make the process of developing digital humanities expertise more transparent and accessible.

Learn more about the workshops and digital humanities resources.

Workshops are held on two Saturday mornings each quarter, with breakfast provided.

All participants need to take part is an interest in trying new things and a willingness to commit to a minimum of the two workshops per quarter. While it's helpful to have an idea for a particular area of exploration and development (a group of texts, a historical period or subject), participants do not need to have a specific project conceived.