Beginnings

Early in the Fall 2012 semester Chris Brooks called a meeting (open to all) to begin a campus-wide discussion about digital humanities. From Chris’ meeting request:

We would like to invite you all to an informal gathering on Thursday September 6 from 11:30-1 in McLaren 252 to talk with other colleagues about potential collaborations in Digital Humanities. This is a very interesting new field that combines computational approaches and humanities questions, looking at topics from digitally curating archives to data mining on large historical records to applying GIS and mapping techniques to geographic or cultural data sets, and much more. Please feel free to invite any other colleagues you think might be interested as well.

We don’t have a particular agenda beyond getting scholars who might be interested in collaborating in a room together and learning what can be done to enable this. That said, an item of particular interest is the development of the NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities (more information included below) which provides support for scholars in this area.

I hope to see you all there, and look forward to learning more about your research!

Chris Brooks
Associate Dean for Sciences
University of San Francisco

While the number of USF faculty who wanted to stop in was greater than those who could make it (link to #4), the discussions began in earnest.

The conversation covered everything from what is digital humanities (see a document that circulated before the meeting) to what does digital humanities look like at USF.

A good part of the discussion involved grant options from NEH as well as next steps (such as the creation of this USF DH website – LINK). An important next step that is being organized now with the help of David Sliver and Chris Brooks is inviting speakers to USF who are experts in digital humanities. Look for another blog post on speakers as soon as we have the details.

Michael Rozendal 
Shawn P. Calhoun

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About Randy Souther

I'm a Reference Librarian at the University of San Francisco's Gleeson Library, and I run the Joyce Carol Oates web site, Celestial Timepiece.

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