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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Geoffrey Rockwell’s DEH Workshop Reflections September 27, 2013 This weekend I was at a neat workshop on Digital Environmental Humanities organized by Stephanie Posthumous at McGill University. You can see my workshop notes here, Digital Environmental Humanities Network. I was struck at the importance of research and activism from the humanities on the issue of the environment. Too often issues are framed as scientific or policy (social scientific). The humanities bring a historical, philosophical, ethical, and critical perspective that is needed. The workshop brought together folks working in environmental humanities ...
  • DEH Musings September 27, 2013 At the Digital Environmental Humanities workshop (www.dig-eh.org) that took place September 7-8, 2013, in Montreal, Quebec, hosted by Drs. Posthumus and Sinclair from McGill University, around 25 colleagues came together from various environmental humanities (EH) disciplines to meet with a smaller group of digital humanities (DH) colleagues. The main objective of the workshop was to discuss the possibility of forming a new community around the digital environmental humanities (DEH). To the extent that discussions about new collaborations and new research ...
  • DEH Workshop: Summary of Day 2 September 27, 2013 The second day was dedicated to research tools and how they can be used by the environmental humanities community. I gave a quick tour through a bunch of tools that I think could be used. • Journal of Digital Humanities – http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/ • Érudit – http://www.erudit.org/ • Old Bailey Online (and the API that connects to Voyant)- http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/ and http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/static/API.jsp • Voyant Tools – http://voyant-tools.org • TAPoR – http://tapor.ca • broaDHcast – http://broadhcast.artsrn.ualberta.ca/broaDHcast/index.html • DH Questions and Answers – http://digitalhumanities.org/answers/ • All Our Ideas – http://www.allourideas.org/ • Around the ...
  • DEH Workshop: Summary of Day 1 September 27, 2013   In the morning we had a lightning round where participants talked about their environmental history research and projects. Here are some of the interventions: Jim Clifford talked about a cool Digging into Data project that is doing light mining of a million documents having to do with Victorian commodities trade to the UK. He aims to explore the global consequences of industrialization and reliance on commodity frontiers. Stéphane Castonguay is studying the differing patterns of ecological growth and development along ...
  • Welcome to the Canadian Environmental Humanities Page! July 9, 2013 This website is the prototype for a digital commons where environmental humanists in Canada can exchange and create new research while integrating digital humanities tools. We will be presenting the beta version at the DEHN workshop in September, in order to obtain constructive criticism and feedback from participants. Click here to learn more about the project. I am an undergraduate student at McGill interning for Prof. Stéfan Sinclair and Prof. Stephanie Posthumus of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. My ...

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