Fall 2016 Events


Fall Open House

September 26 4:30–6:00 PM

Welcome back! Join us to catch up with old and new friends in the Princeton digital humanities community. Meet the center’s staff and our new postdoctoral and graduate fellows, and learn more about our new research projects, and check out our shiny new space on B Floor in Firestone Library. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Light refreshments will be served.


Intro to DH

Jean Bauer
October 5 4:30–6:00 PM

Have you heard about Digital Humanities but don’t really know what it is? Do you think your research could benefit from digital methods and tools but aren’t sure what to do next? Then this workshop is for you!

Jean Bauer, Associate Director of CDH, will take you through a short tour of DH methods, tools, and projects, all designed to help you sharpen your own ideas and think through next steps. There will be time for questions at the end, and all participants are encouraged to reach out to Bauer or another CDH researcher for a project consultation.


Intro to TEI

Clifford E. Wulfman
October 10 4:30–6:00 PM

Text encoding is a kind of translation: it involves rendering transcriptions of documents (books, newspapers, magazines, manuscripts, engravings, and so on) into machine-readable form, so that they may be processed by computers in a variety of ways: displayed on screens, of course, but also queried for abstract content like people, places, dates and things. The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), a set of encoding guidelines developed by the humanities scholars, is a key technology in digital humanities, widely used by libraries, museums, publishers and individual scholars.

This session will provide a basic introduction to TEI. It introduces the principles of text encoding in XML, gives an overview of the TEI schema with examples and addresses schema customization, transformations and use scenarios.

About the Instructors:

Clifford Wulfman is a Digital Humanities Consultant at the Center for Digital Humanities. In addition to many years’ experience with text encoding, Cliff has published numerous articles on topics in the digital humanities and is co-author, with Robert Scholes, of Modernism in the Magazines: An Introduction.

Working Group

Critical Game Studies Working Group

Kimberly Bain
October 12 12:00–1:20 PM

All members in the Princeton community are invited to participate in the Critical Game Studies (CGS) Lab, a working group that meets monthly to critically engage with digital games. The group aims to look at digital games as texts that have been shaped and informed as social, educational, and cultural objects by the contemporary moment, with the goal of producing a digital game of our own. Texts will frequently converge on issues of sexuality, class, race, gender, disability, state violence and more.

The first CGS group meeting will be held on October 12th, at 12pm at the Center for Digital Humanities (located on B-Level of Firestone). To be added to the listserv, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Bain (kbain@princeton.edu).

Hope to see you there!

Guest Lecture

Launching the David Rumsey Map Center

G. Salim Mohammed
October 18 4:30–6:00 PM

Join us for a guest lecture from G. Salim Mohammed, of Stanford's Rumsey Map Center. 

G. Salim Mohammed is the head and curator of Stanford University’s new David Rumsey Map Center, one of the first physical libraries expressly dedicated to historical cartography research and teaching. Mohammed will discuss this extraordinary collection’s origins, history, and development into a major digital portal, as well as how they are currently positioning themselves to assist faculty, students, and staff. He will share his experiences from the center’s first four months in operation. 


Intro to Network Analysis

Jean Bauer
October 24 4:30–6:00 PM

Want to find hidden connections in your sources? Make a beautiful network graph to show your findings? Learn what questions to ask of a graph?

Then come to the Center for Digital Humanities for a hands-on Introduction to Network Analysis. After this 90 minute workshop you will have made a network graph in Cytoscape, a software package for network analysis, AND learned how to identify which of your research questions are best answered with this powerful methodology.

No prior experience with network analysis or Cytoscape is required. Participants are asked to bring a laptop with Cytoscape installed (instructions for downloading the free software can be found at http://www.cytoscape.org/). If you have problems installing Cytoscape come 30mins early, and CDH staff will help you get set up.

About the instructor: Jean Bauer is the Associate Director for the Center for Digital Humanities and lead developer of Project Quincy, an open source software package for tracing historical networks through time and space. She has taught network analysis workshops for several years, most recently at the NEH funded workshop on Digital Methods for Military History held at Northeastern University.


Data Visualization

Claude Willan
November 7 4:30–6:00 PM

Ever wondered what data visualization is, or wanted to know what it can do? Come along to the CDH for a workshop with postdoctoral fellow Claude Willan on two easy-to-learn, easy-to-use visualization platforms. Together we’ll look at Palladio and RAW, two online platforms that require no installation, and learn how to map movements, make network graphs, flow charts, scatter plots and more. Along the way we’ll learn about faceting and filtering your data so you can have maximum control over what information you display and how. No prior knowledge or experience required; come along and bring your laptop if possible!

Guest Lecture

Reconstructing Race

Mark Algee-Hewitt
November 15 4:30–6:00 PM

"Reconstructing Race: Languages of Identity in American Fiction, 1789-1964"

How does the discourse of race stabilize around different ethnic groups in different contexts in American long-form fiction? How do these individual discourses change over time? The project draws on a new collection of American fiction from Gale (based on the Wright bibliography) and explores the tension between the background discourse of race (the racial unconscious) and the ways in which individual characters react against (or with) the generalized language of ethnicity or ancestry.

Mark Algee-Hewitt’s research focuses on the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in England and Germany and seeks to combine literary criticism with digital and quantitative analyses of literary texts. In particular he is interested in the history of aesthetic theory and the development and transmission of aesthetic and philosophic concepts during the Enlightenment and Romantic periods. He is also interested in the relationship between aesthetic theory and the poetry of the long eighteenth century.  Although his primary background is in English literature, he also has a degree in computer science. As the co-associate research director of the Stanford Literary Lab, he is working to bring his interests in quantitative analysis, digital humanities and eighteenth-century literature to bear on a number of new collaborative projects. His current book project, The Afterlife of the Sublime, explores the history of the sublime by tracing its discursive patterns through over 11,000 texts from the long eighteenth century, seeking clues to the disappearance of the term at the end of the Romantic period. As a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University, working with the Interacting with Print Research group, Dr. Algee-Hewitt was also involved in a variety of projects that combine literary interpretation with quantitative analysis. He is a co-coordinator of the Book History BiblioGraph, a new dynamic online resource and recommendation engine that visualizes connections between contemporary resources on Book History using statistical methods. He is also working with Andrew Piper on the Werther Topologies: a project that seeks to identify lexical patterns that will aid in tracing the impact of Goethe’s Sorrows of Young Werther on the nineteenth-century development of the German novel. Dr. Algee-Hewitt has taught a variety of courses in literary history and theory in both the English and German departments at McGill University, Rutgers University and New York University where he received his PhD in 2008.


Literary topologies - an R package for vector space analysis

Mark Algee-Hewitt
November 16 12:00–1:30 PM

Join Mark Algee-Hewitt (Stanford) for a workshop on the visualization of semantic difference metonymized as virtual space. Starting with PCA clusters and networks and winding up on the topologies used in the project (distributed as an R package). 


How to Command-Line

Benjamin W. Hicks
November 30 4:30–6:00 PM

An introduction to the Unix Command-Line. Ever wondered how to speed up day to day tasks on your Mac, Linux PC, or research computing hardware? Have you heard of this ‘bash’ thing but feel intimidated, or ever had a reference to opening a terminal? Want to run Vagrant or Docker for development purposes but feel uncomfortable operating them on the command-line?

Join CDH resident expert Ben Hicks for a workshop that will cover basic command-line usage in a Unix environment (including some OSX quirks), show some more advanced techniques to put system utilities to good use, and give examples of basic bash scripting for automation. No prior experience with a command line needed, and should you have some previous familiarity, this will be an excellent opportunity for a brush up and chance to experiment!


Pitching a DH Project

Natalia Ermolaev
December 5 12:00–1:20 PM

Do you have a research idea or a collection of sources that would make a great digital humanities project? Do you want to build a digital tool that will foster humanistic inquiry? This workshop will cover the basics of what it takes to design and implement a DH project, and how to successfully pitch your project idea for a CDH grant.

We will discuss best practices for: formulating a DH research question, establishing project goals, choosing appropriate tools and resources, building a project team, creating a work plan, budgeting, and project management.

Members of the Princeton community with DH projects at any stage of development are welcome to attend. The workshop has been designed to assist those applying for the CDH project grant, and we will answer specific questions about the Project Prospectus and discuss expectations and responsibilities for the grant period.

About the instructor: Natalia Ermolaev is Asssitant Director at the CDH. She has a background in Russian literature, periodical studies, and Library and Information Science.


Design - Visual Language and Typography

Xinyi Li
December 7 4:30–6:00 PM

Join our first design workshop, prepared for non-designers with emphasis on humanistic knowledge, to gain an overview of design. We’ll start with a brief talk about different modalities of design, and how design may be involved in the process of intellectual inquiry. With introductions to visual language, semiotics, and basic typography, we’ll proceed to discussion on traditional quantitative methods versus qualitative approach, and what aspects in visualization will affect graphical knowledge production.

During the later part of the workshop, we’ll provide a checklist from the design perspective for you to engage in discussions in small groups about questions to consider during your project development. You are welcome to bring your own project ideas, or use sample projects provided to spark your thoughts.

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