Dig-EH Blog

  • Digital ? Environmental : Humanities May 27, 2016 Stéfan Sinclair & Stephanie Posthumus A version of this article appears in the following collection (which is preferable to use for citations): The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities. Ed. Ursula K. Heise, Jon Christensen, and Michelle Niemann. London: Routledge, forthcoming. We have deliberately chosen a title for this article that is at once understandable and defamiliarizing. If the words are relatively recognizable both individually and in combinations, the punctuation may seem a bit more arbitrary. Readers with some knowledge of computer ...
  • Guest Post: Susie O’Brien’s DEH Course December 9, 2015 Written by Susie O’Brien This year I took some preliminary steps into digital environmental humanities in my second year class, “Shifting Ground: Nature, Literature, Culture”, a class with 144 students. I say “preliminary” because I employed digital tools primarily to enhance what I already try to do in the classroom rather than taking full advantage of what they have to offer to extend teaching and learning possibilities. The Plan I decided to employ a combination of two pedagogical strategies: blended learning in which ...
  • Interactive Narratives June 12, 2015 Over the past few months, we have been working on a new project aimed at transforming research objects in the environmental humanities into interactive online exhibits. This project was born in part from a workshop on “Digital Publics and Environmental Humanities,” organized by Cheryl Lousley, Lisa Quinn and Stephanie Posthumus and held at the conference of the Association for Literature, Environment, Culture, in Canada in Thunder Bay, Ontario, August 7-8. At the workshop, participants presented a research object and were ...
  • Updated Resources: 2013-2015 May 25, 2015 In 2013, I curated a Zotero bibliography for the Digital Environmental Humanities Workshop held at McGill University and organized by Professors Posthumus and Sinclair. Since then, a wide variety of articles, blog posts and projects have been published, exploring the emerging field from both micro and macro perspectives. I have recently updated the online bibliography collections to include content published from 2013 to 2015. A bibliography of these new items is included at the end of this blog post. Included in this ...
  • Reading Contexts: Planet and Narration project August 27, 2014 The ways in which futurity is imagined and articulated in the transcripts of the Brundtland Commission Public Hearings is of particular interest to the Planet and Narration research project. This blog post will describe how we used Voyant’s Keywords in Context tool to construct a coding framework for attending to the different iterations of “future” in the proceedings of the Brundtland hearings. As I described in the last post of this series, Keywords in Context, or Document Type KWICS Grid, is ...
  • Detecting Keywords: Planet and Narration project August 22, 2014 The Planet and Narration research project investigates depictions of “survival” that appear in the Brundtland Commission Public Hearings. Drawing from philosopher Giorgio Agamben’s study of “bare life”1, this project is particularly interested in discussions of “basic need” and “bare-life” survival as they relate to representations of the Global South. For Agamben, to be reduced to “bare life” is in some sense to no longer be human, and to be outside of political community altogether. The digital humanities Voyant tools were used ...
  • EH Project Analysis July 28, 2014 There are currently twenty ongoing EH projects catalogued on our site. While some take on traditional research roles, others can be described as ‘outside-the-box’ in terms of both their methodology as well as the end product. I analyzed the collection of projects in terms of their subject nature, the types of environments addressed and the digital media used. In this blog post, I will discuss the results of this analysis and the subsequent visualization. Prof. Posthumus and Prof. Sinclair suggested the ...
  • Topic Modeling and Gephi: A Work in Progress July 21, 2014 Armed with a corpus of 358 documents pertaining to the Environmental Humanities and two analytic applications new to me – Mallet and Gephi – I have been working on topic modeling for the past few months. With such a wide variety of articles at my disposal, I have come to fully appreciate the utility of text analysis tools to humanities research. While the learning curve may be somewhat steep, the resulting topic collections and visualizations offer insight that would otherwise ...
  • DH Tools: Planet and Narration project June 26, 2014 My name is Josh Overbeek. I am currently working as a research assistant with Professor Cheryl Lousley on a project examining the narrative strategies emerging in the Brundtland Commission Hearings, and the text I began working with is a typed up list of quotations appearing in the published final Brundtland report entitled Our Common Future. This blog post will report on my initial experience with Voyant’s scatterplot tool. Heeding the note on PDFs in the Voyant Tools’ online documentation encouraging users ...
  • What are the Digital Environmental Humanities? May 27, 2014 Ashlee Cunsolo Willox‘s thoughts about the emerging field: What are the Digital Environmental Humanities, in your opinion? As someone who works on the periphery of the field, from my perspective, the digital environmental humanities are beginning to redraw the boundaries between humanities work and environmental studies in order to create new terrains of thought and explore new avenues of thinking to tackle some of the complex and pressing issues facing our planet. For me, digital environmental humanities are particularly exciting because the ...
  • DEH Workshop Videos February 26, 2014 Below is a selection of flash project presentations, portal discussions and a more general Digital Environmental Humanities discussion from the DEH workshop that took place Sept. 7-8th in Montreal. Summaries of the workshop’s events can be found here (day 1) and here (day 2). Please click on a screenshot to view the video on YouTube. Project Presentations Portal Discussions DEH Discussion
  • DEH projects – Mapping Literary Places January 7, 2014 Moving from the more theoretical tone of the last blog post DEH Musings, I would like to offer a more concrete image of how I have seen DEH projects taking shape. For a quick overview of some of the exciting projects led by the DEHN workshops, you can have a look at this DEH Projects page. What becomes clear when browsing these projects is the broad understanding of the term digital: some of the projects use the digital to disseminate ...
  • DH Tools: Visualization and Text Analysis January 5, 2014 Below is a selection of DH tools and examples of existing projects presented at the DEH workshop in September 2013. Voyant Tools An online text analysis program developed by Stéfan Sinclair, ideally suited for “humanities scholars wishing to experiment with text analysis methodologies”.   TAPoR 2.0 A launching point for the discovery and exploration of text analysis and retrieval tools. Provides reviews/recommendations of tools, as well as a platform for discussion.   Omeka A free open-source publishing platform allowing the rapid creation of online exhibitions. Aims to be as ...
  • DH Tools: Geography January 5, 2014 Below is a selection of DH tools and examples of existing projects presented at the DEH workshop in September 2013. fAR-Play A framework for the development of virtual scavenger hunts and virtual treasure hunts.From the creators: virtual “Points of Interest” are placed in real world locations. These points are displayed with an accompanying image and can teach users about physical objects near them.   Hypercities A geo-temporal tool for the creation and exploration of the historical layers of cities and global spaces.   GeoCommons An open repository of existing ...
  • DH Tools: Databases January 4, 2014 Below is a selection of DH tools and examples of existing projects presented at the DEH workshop in September 2013. Érudit An online database offering the widest selection of Francophone and Canadian peer reviewed research and documents.   Old Bailey Online An online database of fully searchable texts from court proceedings in the London Criminal Court. Contains almost 200 000 texts from the period 1674 to 1913.   The Orlando Project A multidisciplinary project aimed at creating a textbase of women’s literary history.   NINES Electronic Scholarship organization devoted to “forging ...

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