DH Events at ASEEES 2019

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Slavic Digital Humanities – DH Workshop
Prozhito Project: ego -text, -location, -networks

Sat, November 23, 8:30 to 11:40am
San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 2, Foothill G1, G2

This year we recruited the founders and leaders of Prozhito (prozhito.org) project to showcase their project outside Russia. Prozhito  is a digital repository of Russian- and Ukrainian-language diaries that now comprises over 3000 diaries and over 300,000 daily entries. An important project that collected the hitherto unknown and unpublished diaries, Prozhito is still fairly little known to the US and European researchers. The pre-conference event will explore the ways Prozhito can promote greater access to diaries preserved in the North American repositories. We also convene a roundtable with the pre-conference participants to discuss the service Prozhito and digital humanists associated with it can do to the researchers in the field

 

Digital Humanities Pedagogy: How to Incorporate DH Tools and Resources in the Classroom

Sat, November 23, 12:00 to 1:45 pm
San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 2, Foothill F

While faculty often see the digital humanities (DH) as “add-ons” to traditional texts and other course materials, DH tools and resources offer tremendous potential to transform the learning experience by supporting open and collaborative learning. This roundtable will show how digital humanities in the Slavic field can be used to cultivate learning communities that extend beyond the walls of the traditional classroom and are critically engaged with issues of accessibility and social justice. As examples, we will discuss concepts such as data sources and management, blogging, and open pedagogies. We will specifically devote time to the web annotation tool Hypothes.is and multi-media resources such as Seventeen Moments in Soviet History, the British National Library’s digital collections, Russian Perspectives on Islam, the University of Washington’s special collection of Russian children’s books, and the Imperiia GIS mapping and data visualization study of the Russian Empire, part of the “Forest to Fleet” project. We welcome both novices and experts in DH to attend the session in hopes of fostering a lively discussion.

Digital Migrations: Diasporas, Transnational Circulations, and Border Crossings through the Lens of Digital Humanities

Sat, November 23, 2:00 to 3:45pm,
San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 2, Foothill F

Migration and global mobility as we know them today are barely thinkable without the Digital Revolution of the late 20th century. While the political and especially economic impacts of globalization in the digital era have been subject to public attention and substantial research, cultural mobility and its entanglement with the virtual realm can benefit from a more thorough conceptualization. At the same time, research in cultural and literary studies increasingly relies on digital methods, which generate new kinds of multi-directional border crossings between analogue and digital that parallel the transnational mobility of texts, ideas, cultural practices, and communities. Conceived around the idea of digital migrations as an abstract and multi-layered concept, this roundtable brings together practitioners of digital humanities, librarians, and scholars of emigre literature and diasporic cultural communities. Our discussion will integrate approaches to the circulation of texts, concepts, archives, data, and communities across a variety of borders: geographical ones, as well as borders between media, technical platforms, data formats, and across the digital-analogue divide. How do these flows impact the success of archival preservation and facilitate access? How do they contribute to processes of local and global meaning making? And how do digital refractions of cultural forms alter our understanding of cultural spaces – of home and abroad, East and West, exile and metropolis?

Digital Russia Studies: Defining an Emergent Field

Sat, November 23, 4:00 to 5:45pm,
San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 2, Foothill F

The ‘digital’ is profoundly changing Russia today, yet it is equally transforming the methods we use to study Russia. To grasp this two-fold transformation – of both research object and research practices – this roundtable brings together scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to lead the way in defining the emerging field of Digital Russia Studies. The roundtable will, first, provide a critical update on how Russian society, politics, economy and culture are reconfigured in the context of digitalization, datafication, and the – by now – widespread use of algorithmic systems. For researchers investigating Russia, digitalisation and datafication have resulted in the emergence of a wealth of new (big) data sources, such as social media and various other kinds of ‘digital-born’ content, that allow us to investigate Russian society in novel ways. The accelerating speed at which Russian archives are being digitized means that important collections of research materials have become more easily available. What new research questions emerge and what future directions for research are made possible by these shifts? Second, the round table will showcase examples of the cutting-edge application of computational research methods and reflect on the manifold opportunities for applying them to the study of Russian society, politics and culture. The roundtable is organised by the Digital Russia Studies initiative at the University of Helsinki.

ASEEES Digital Humanities Group Business Meeting

Sat, November 23, 6:00 to 7:30pm,
San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 2, Foothill E

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Methodology as Community: Fostering DH Collaborations in the Slavic and East European Fields

Sun, November 24, 8:00 to 9:45 am,
San Francisco Marriott Marquis, B2, Willow

The emergence of digital humanities tools and methodologies has provided an opportunity for rethinking the collaborative landscape for Slavic and East European studies. Much as in the humanities as a whole, the percentage of scholars in the field actively using digital tools and methodologies is fairly small. For Slavic and East European studies, however, any effort to develop a community around digital humanities is compounded by the comparatively small overall size of the field. While the establishment of the ASEEES Digital Humanities In the Slavic Fields Interest Group has been significant in engendering connections between DH-curious Slavists from different disciplines, some scholars are seeing the advantage of DH collaboration outside existing scholarly organizational frameworks. This panel brings together scholars who have implemented or participated in international collaboration to further their engagement with digital tools and methodologies. They include Slavists and East Europeanists from the United States, Eastern and Western Europe, whose research, teaching, and infrastructure development is shaped by engagement with colleagues who share similar materials and methods despite widely varying national and institutional contexts. In addition to presenting highlights of their own work at the intersections of DH and Eastern European studies, panel participants will reflect on the ways in which digital humanities provides a different organizing principle for their scholarly networks and community.

Teaching with Digital Humanities: Primary Sources, Methods of Analysis, and Real-World Applications

Sun, November 24, 10:00 to 11:45am,
San Francisco Marriott Marquis, B2, Willow

Affiliate Organization: ASEEES Digital Humanities Group

This roundtable is a follow-up to the Slavic DH group pre-conference workshop that will focus on the Prozhito (Prozhito.org) diary archival project. The roundtable will feature Prozhito founder Misha Melnichenko and the DH literature and history scholars from Russia and the US. The roundtable presenters will talk about their experience of bringing privately held, archived, and published diaries to a wide audience of students, volunteer transcribers, and the interested public and using digital humanities methods in teaching and analyzing diaries. Benjamin Sawyer, a host of the popular podcast and blog “The Road to Now” (http://www.theroadtonow.com/) will chair the panel and record interviews with the participants and the public for his website. Misha Melnichenko will present the history of Prozhito as an archival project and talk about Prozhito-led volunteer diary study and transcribing workshops in Russia. Anastasia Bonch-Osmolovskaya, Academic Supervisor of the Moscow Higher School of Economics (HSE) Computational Linguistics program, will talk about student practicums HSE has been holding in association with Prozhito in Moscow and the experience of introducing students to transcribing and presenting diaries online. Kelly O’Neill, Harvard University Imperiia Project director, will talk about using digital spatial analysis in teaching and the use of digital methodologies to analyze diaries.

New Summer Training School in Digital History

!!APPLICATIONS DUE FEB 14!!

Cultures of Dissent in Eastern Europe (1945-1989): Research Approaches in the Digital Humanities

July 15, 2019 – July 23, 2019

Central European University, Budapest

This 7-day seminar in digital humanities research methods is designed to expose a new generation of scholars in Cold War history and culture to methods of analysis and discovery involving computational techniques. Designed and run by NEP4DISSENT (New Exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent), COST Action 16213, the inspiration for the course is built around the transfer of knowledge from technologists and data scientists to humanists. In the course of the 7-day session, the participants will have hands-on experience with the entire life cycle of a digital humanities project design, leading to a single, tangible outcome in the form of a fully searchable and interactive dataset usable for art-curatorial purposes.

No prior knowledge of any computational methods or even data-driven approaches to research are expected from the participants. However, we will be targeting scholars, librarians/archivists, and art and cultural heritage curators, who can bring first-hand knowledge of the main research area.

For more information see the CEU Summer University page (https://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/dissent-2019) or contact Jessie Labov (labovj@ceu.edu).

 

 

DH Events at ASEEES 2018

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Slavic Digital Humanities – Scholars Meet Coders:
Build a Post-Socialist 1990s Sourcebook

8:00am to 12:00pm
4th floor, Provincetown, Hyannis, and Nantucket

We will gather material to facilitate the teaching and research of post-Soviet media culture from Gorbachev’s glasnost’ to Putin’s election in 2000. You can find more about the project at our Sourcebook site or postsoviet90s.com.

Computational Poetics: Digital Approaches to the Analysis of Poetic Texts

12:00 to 1:45pm
5th floor, New Hampshire

This panel explores current trends in the quantitative study of verse and poetics. Panelists will present research projects dealing with the computer-based analysis of large text corpora and with the nature of verse from the perspective of digital media. In particular the focus will be on (1) possibilities of the use of formal verse features for the authorship attribution problem, (2) meter as the normative structure in poetry, and (3) the problem of visualization of the verse form (e.g. meter and rhyme).

Digital Humanities Methods: Mapping and Archiving Imperial and Soviet History

2:00 to 3:45pm
5th floor, New Hampshire

This session will explore different aspects of Digital Humanities and their impact on Russian and Soviet history. It presents GIS mapping and online archives to illustrate both the challenges and the benefits of bringing digital methods to historical practices. Two of the presenters use GIS mapping to not only to visualize, but also to further arguments about politics and economics. One presenter explores different types of digital archiving as a means of both preserving and disseminating historical information and research.

Digital Humanities Projects in Slavic Studies: Enhancing Your Research and Teaching with Digital Tools

4:00 to 5:45pm
5th floor, New Hampshire

This roundtable will address the stages of creating a Slavic studies digital humanities (DH) project and the challenges of working with the sources and project audiences. The participants will talk about the process of creating their DH projects from conception to completion. The projects presented include digital archives of documents and photographs, GIS mapping, and textual analysis and grammatical visualization. The roundtable will allow us to showcase a variety of projects, methods, and tools, as well as resources available to scholars at all stages of their career.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Sound Recordings in the Archival Setting II

10:00 to 11:45am
5th floor, New Hampshire

Sound recordings are a powerful testament to the past, but the archives discourse often overlooks the medium in favor of documentary and visual materials. This seminar presents case studies that explore the unique challenges of creating, collecting, preserving, and enabling access to audio recordings in analog and digital archival contexts. In Roundtable I, presenters will address such topics as solutions for fast and accurate transcription, issues of description and digitization, the logistical challenges posed by such media as reel-to-reel recordings and audiotapes, and the ethical considerations involved in archiving field research recordings. Roundtable II will focus on digital and web archives, including online archives of Soviet-era rock music, the performances of Vladimir Vysotsky, the sound cultures of Ukrainian and Russian diasporic communities in the US and Canada, and a web archive preserving the dialect of the Czech community in Texas.

Vice President-Designated Roundtable: Digital Humanities and the Profession

12:30 to 2:15pm
5th floor, New Hampshire

As a “professional development” panel, presenters and the audience will look beyond reporting on projects underway (though this will be part of our discussions) to also think strategically about “Digital Humanities” in relation to our profession–both in the conventional sense of “professional development” as of how we develop our own skills and knowledge and that of our students but also the development of the field. This is meant to interest people not involved in DH as well as active leaders and practitioners.

New Challenges in Researching Cold War Communications Performance

2:30 to 4:15pm
5th floor, New Hampshire

This roundtable will focus on recently-available archival resources that permit new research on organization and performance of communications between Western countries and the Soviet orbit during the Cold War. The Iron Curtain was importantly also an Information Curtain. East-West communications were an important aspect of the Cold War competition and are of contemporary relevance in a media landscape where every outlet is in a battle for legitimacy against charges of misinformation. Cold War communications archival resources include institutional records, recorded sound, oral histories, secret police archives from the Soviet bloc, and declassified Western government documents. Access varies widely, as some archives have been digitized and curated for complex search and discovery, while others are widely scattered in a Cold War archive archipelago. This roundtable will include archivists, scholars, and digital humanists who will discuss what is at stake during the process of digitization and data analysis, as well as address research strategies for exploiting other widely scattered resources.

The Ultimate (Un-)reality Show: Identity and Rebranding in Russian Media Events

4:30 to 6:15pm
4th floor, Grand Ballroom Salon E

In blurring the distinction between media producers and consumers, and formal and informal content, the contemporary global media ecology gives rise to new models of information circulation and online identity construction. This panel interrogates the potential for identity reconstruction within the framework of the media event. The papers included provide a comprehensive examination of different Russian media actors’ responses to the transformative potential of the media event – ranging from broadcast content to social media platforms. The cases under consideration include: state-linked media actors’ performances of history and pedagogy for online commemorative centennial projects; how RT’s staff of international journalists perform multiple on- and offline identities in their audience interactions; and the role of election campaign performances and their media coverage on Ksenia Sobchak’s balancing of contradictory public personae. Together, these papers give a comprehensive overview not only of how actors employ media events to performatively rebrand their own identities, but also of the ways in which media agents balance these multiple personae to navigate the structural constraints of the media environments in which they operate.

Slavic DH Business Meeting

8:00 to 9:30pm
3rd floor, Wellesley

Drinks with Digital Icons and Slavic DH

9:00pm onwards
Wink and Nod,
3 Appleton Street, Boston

SlavicDH 2018 Pre-conference Workshop

The ASEEES Slavic Digital Humanities group is pleased to announce a pre-conference digital project workshop, to take place on the morning of  December 6, 2018 in Boston. Together we will examine artifacts and interpretive questions derived from the Sourcebook of the Post-Soviet 1990s. The technical training sessions and discussion groups within the workshop will address key research questions connected to the project.

ASEEES Pre-Conference Workshop Multimedia Sourcebook of the 1990s

All participants are welcome, including those with no DH expertise. We especially encourage language, culture, and area experts to join us in the service of preserving, interrogating, and (re-)interpreting key artifacts from the “long 1990s,” defined as the period between 1985 and 2000. The workshop will feature guest experts tasked with guiding participants in developing skills relevant to the Digital Humanities, including web-scraping, metadata, and digital curation.  

We hope you’ll be able to join us in Boston this coming December! For more information, please visit the event website, or write to Andrew Janco or Maya Vinokour.   

Digital History, Digital Humanities, Digital Pedagogy Resources

UPD: This post originally authored by Joan Neuberger has been updated and edited to include the Slavic DH group library that is stored in Zotero  https://www.zotero.org/groups/2251610/slavicdh/items/
The library is regularly renewed on this page https://slavicdh.aseees.hcommons.org/slavic-dh-library/

This library is a work of many people. Please join to contribute.

Current contributors:

Andrew Janco
Jesse Labov
Philip Gleissner
Svetlana Rasmussen
Joan Neuberger

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THAT Camp Schedule

All sessions are held at the Marriott Wardman Park. Descriptions can be found below.

9:00-9:40 — Welcome Session — Thurgood Marshall West

09:50-10:50 — Breakout Sessions I
Intro to DH I — Taylor
Digital Public Scholarship — Thurgood Marshall West
Digital Pedagogy — Thurgood Marshall West
Topic Modeling — Thurgood Marshall South
Network Analysis — Thurgood Marshall South
Programing for Humanists I — Taft
GIS — Truman
Databases and Visualizations — Tyler

11:00-12:00 — Breakout Sessions II
Intro to DH II — Taylor
Blogging — Thurgood Marshall West
Course Development — Thurgood Marshall West
Eastern European Languages – Character Recognition, Encoding, and other Issues — Thurgood Marshall South
Programing for Humanists II — Taft
Text Analysis, and TEI — Truman
Digital Archives — Tyler

11:50-12:00 — Wrap-up, followed by lunch

Session Descriptions

Intro to DH I & II (Jessie Labov, Philip Gleissner)
These consecutive sessions will offer a beginning-level introduction to DH, surveying some of the most important debates and common practices. It is designed for people who have had little to no experience in DH, or for those who have only worked in one area and want to find out some basic information about the others. The first hour will offer a brief history of DH from “humanities computing” of the late 20c to the present, a survey of recent debates in DH, and case studies of text analysis, mapping, and interactive collections/exhibits. The second hour will focus more on network analysis and topic modeling, as well as the politics of DH, but can also revisit earlier topics if necessary.

Digital Public Scholarship (Joan Neuberger)

Blogging (Josh Sandborne)
Participants in this session will discuss academic blogging as a form of scholarly communication. How is blogging different from other forms of publication? What do blogs do particularly well (or poorly!)? What should you consider when beginning the blogging process?

Programming for Humanists I/Introduction
(David Birnbaum, Seth Bernstein)
This session will describe and present examples of some uses of programming languages, tools, and environments in digital humanities. No programming knowledge or experience required.

Programming for Humanists II/Advanced
(Seth Bernstein)
In this session, participants will discuss and troubleshoot projects they have undertaken and problems they have run into while programming for humanities research. Participants should have some programming experience.

GIS (Kelly O’Neill)
Geographic information systems are powerful tools for organizing, producing, analyzing, and visualizing knowledge. Come dig into some spatial data, experiment with an assortment of mapping platforms, and think through some of the juicy questions that arise when qualitative and quantitative methods vie for the attention of the humanist scholar.

Databases and Visualizations (Andrew Janco)
This is a session about data: data cleaning, database design, data modeling, ontologies as well as ways to analyze, visualize and make sense of data.  What is a database? When should a spreadsheet become a database?  What is good database design?

Digital Archives (Andrew Janco)
Digital curation is a key part of most Digital Humanities projects. In this session, we’ll discuss topics related to digital exhibits, digital archives, content management, metadata, digital forensics and digital preservation.

Digital Pedagogy (Marijeta Bozovic)
This session will consider some of the fundamental innovations and challenges that arise in teaching DH, as well as new facets of mentoring, advising, and training that are required for researchers at all levels. How do we reconcile the inherently collaborative nature of DH with the hierarchy of our classrooms and curricula? How do we account for the unseen labor of graduate students and research assistants that often goes into DH projects, and properly acknowledge the contributions of all involved? These questions and more will be open for discussion as we compare experiences working in DH as teachers and students.

Course development (Jessie Labov)
This session will approach the issue of DH course development on several levels: 1) what are the best curricular strategies for including DH in our disciplinary profiles? 2) When should we emphasize intro-level literacy across different DH fields, and when should we focus on developing deep skills in a given area?  3) The 12-15 week semester presents an interesting problem for planning DH courses: how do we move from an introductory level to carrying out DH projects in less than 3-months? What assignment structures work best for what kinds of DH courses? Answers will differ across disciplines and institutions, of course; in this session we are simply seeking common experiences that can be useful for all.

Topic modeling (Carlotta Chenoweth)
The aim of this workshop is to introduce scholars to topic modeling. We will practice implementing topic modeling on a sample text and then will discuss the potential applications and ramifications of this frequently employed method.

Working with Eastern European Languages – Character Recognition, Encoding, and other Issues (David Birnbaum)
This session will explain how Slavic texts and other textual materials are represented in the computer, and introduce the use of optical character recognition (OCR) for transferring printed information to machine-readable files.

Network Analysis (Tom Ewing, Philip Gleissner)
This session provides introduces key concepts of social network analysis, its potential affordances for humanities research and a hands-on exploration of the network analysis software Cytoscape. Depending on the interests of the participants, it can also include an advanced discussion of problems in the application of network analysis.

Text Analysis, and TEI (Susana Aho)
An introduction to text analysis featuring discussion of Juxta Commons and Voyant Tools, as well as a brief overview of TEI. Bring your own examples and challenges dealing with any form of text analysis, and we will launch our conversation from there!

GeoPortOst

GeoPortOst provides access to more than 900 hidden maps of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The collection includes thematic maps on history, ethnography as well as the economic and social relations of this area. GeoPortOst synthesizes maps, spatial data, and semantic context within a new spatial information system.

Conference: Digital Humanities Centres: Experiences and Perspectives (December 8-9, Warsaw, Poland)

The Conference is organized by the Digital Humanities Laboratory of the University of Warsaw and will take place on the 8 – 9 of December, 2016in Warsaw, Poland. The main theme of the meeting will be the institutional context of the DH research. The keynote speakers will be Frédéric Kaplan, Gerhard Lauer, Jan Christoph Meister and Susan Schreibman. See the full CFP. More information can be found on the conference website: http://dhlabs2016.lach.edu.pl/

Mapping St Petersburg: Experiments in Literary Cartography

Mapping St Petersburg is developing a cartography of the Petersburg text, using geographic data of both place names and descriptions to produce geo-spatial visualizations for analysis, in order to enhance understanding of the interaction of literature and place. Adding layers of historical data through the use of cartograms and old maps will enable a broader picture of different dimensions of life in the city in different periods, and their relation to the images of the city in literature, to emerge. The pilot project focused on mapping Crime and Punishment, and subsequent developments have included mapping Gogol’s Petersburg stories and historical data. The project currently uses Google Maps, and Mapstraction as the API.

The Project