Digital Humanities Reading Group

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
2 pm–4 pm
Alexander Library, Digital Humanities Lab


Dara Walker

The Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative (DHI) invites Rutgers faculty, students, staff, and scholars in the tri-state area to explore the rich possibilities of the digital humanities in its inaugural reading group. The following questions will guide our discussions and debates: What are the digital humanities (DH)? What is DH theory and how might DH theory transform disciplinary boundaries? Who can do digital humanities work? The reading group is an occasion for scholars who are interested in the digital humanities, regardless of technical expertise, to meet in a structured, low-stakes setting to explore and discuss DH methods, the pedagogical uses of DH, and current debates in the burgeoning field.

The October 17 meeting explores interdisciplinarity. Brittney Cooper (Women and Gender Studies) joins as a discussant. 

Guiding questions:

  • Who can do digital humanities work?
  • While the digital humanities is thought to bring digital tools to bear on humanistic inquiry, how might humanities and social science-based theories inform our use of digital tools?
  • Is the conceptualization of DH broad enough to encompass the work of interdisciplinary scholars?

Assigned Readings:

Johanna Drucker, Humanistic Theory and Digital Scholarship
Kim Gallon, Making a Case for Black Digital Humanities
David Gaertner, Why We Need to Talk About Indigenous Literature in the Digital Humanities

Recommended reading:

Fiona Barnett, Zach Blas, Micha Cárdenas, Jacob Gaboury, Jessica Marie Johnson, and Margaret Rhee, QueerOS: A User’s Manual

Monthly meetings will take place in the DH Lab at Alexander Library, 4th floor, Room 406-407. Light refreshments will be provided! Please RSVP here.

Enmanuel Martinez, PhD Candidate, Program in Comparative Literature
Ashleigh Greene Wade, PhD Candidate, Department of Women and Gender Studies
Dara Walker, PhD Candidate, Department of History

Alexander Library
Digital Humanities Lab