Periodicals as Data: Hands-on Workshop December 1, 2021

SlavicDH Pre-Conference 2021

Periodicals as Data: Hands-on Workshop

December 1, 2021 (all times US Central, GMT-6)

Start End Session Title  Description
Session I 8:00-9:45 ~ Introduction to the Early Soviet Periodicals Project
8:00 8:20 Welcome and introductions What is periodical data? An overview of objectives. Time will be reserved for questions. 

Presenters: Kat Reischl (Stanford) and Natasha Ermolaev (Stanford)

8:20 8:40 About the Early Soviet Periodicals Collection The Landscape of Periodical Projects. Time will be reserved for questions. 

Presenter: Thomas Keenan (Princeton)

8:40 9:00 Exploring the Collection An introduction to the difficult typologies of journal spaces. Ongoing investigations. Time will be reserved for questions. 

Presenters: Thomas Keenan (Princeton) and Kat Reischl (Stanford) 

9:00 9:45 Hands-on activity Description of Computer Vision and activity with Teachable Machine using categories and images from ESPC to train a model

Presenter: Andrew Janco (Haverford College)

Session II 10:00-11:45  ~ Teaching and Learning with Periodicals Collections 
10:00 10:15 ITMO collaboration Program developments at ITMO University with periodical collections 

Presenter: Antonina Pushkovskaia (ITMO, St. Petersburg)

10:15 10:30 Truzhenitsa Vostoka  An overview of teaching with Harvard’s Truzhenitsa Vostoka collection in digital formats

Presenter: Christine Jacobson (Harvard)

10:30 10:45 Soviet Periodicals in the classroom  An overview of implementing Soviet periodical collections in courses on Soviet and Russia media 

Presenter: Carlotta Chenoweth (West Point Academy)

10:45 11:00 Discussion
Session III 12:00-1:45  ~ Color & Vision 
12:00 12:40 Color Detection Colors in Digitized Images, Streamlit app, color picker
12:40 1:10 Computer Vision & Research
Activity using PixPlot as a research tool in interpretation

Presenter: Andrew Janco (Haverford College)

1:10 1:45 Closing  Debrief from the day’s sessions. Where and how do we define digital periodical studies at the end of the day? What is useful in these approaches? 

DH Events at ASEEES 2020

Pre-conference DH workshop: “Mapping Poetic Geographies of Revolutionary Russia (1914-1922)”
Thurs, November 5, 9:30-11:30am, Virtual Convention Platform, Room 1

The Post-Soviet Public Sphere: Assembling a Digital Multimedia Sourcebook of the Russian 1990s
Thurs, Nov 5, 4:00 to 5:30pm, Virtual Convention Platform, Room 4

Digital Initiatives for Cultural Diplomacy
Fri, November 6, 2:00 to 3:30pm, Virtual Convention Platform, Room 6

Roundtable: Poetic Geographies of Revolutionary Russia: Mapping Russian Place-Based Identity with Digital Humanities
Fri, November 6, 4:00-5:30pm, Virtual Convention Platform, Room 4

Bringing Ukraine into the Classroom: Utilizing Ukraïnica: The Primary Database of English Translations of Literature, Documents, and Films
Sat, November 7, 2:00 to 3:30pm, Virtual Conference Platform, Room 17

Twitter Considered: On Its Advantages and Disadvantages for Academe, ASEEES, and Life
Sat, November 7, 4:00 to 5:30pm, Virtual Conference Platform, Room 15

Unconference: SlavicDH Digital Drop-In
Sun, November 8, 4:00 to 5:30pm, Virtual Convention Platform, Room 1

“Comparative Study of Jane Eyre Translations into the Languages of Former Yugoslavia and Russian: A Digital Humanities Augmented Close Reading Approach”  (individual paper)
Sat, November 14, 8:00 to 9:30am, Virtual Convention Platform, Room 11

Engaging Audiences: Computation, Dynamic Visualization, and Archives for Research and Teaching in Slavic Digital Humanities
Sat, November 14, 2:00 to 3:30pm, Virtual Convention Platform, Room 14

Computational Poetics
Sun, November 15, 8:00 to 9:30am, Virtual Convention Platform, Room 15

Tamizdat as Cold War Literary Phenomenon
Sun, November 15, 10:00 to 11:30am, Virtual Conference Platform, Room 16

ASEEES Digital Humanities Group
Sun, November 15, 12:00-1:30pm, Virtual Convention Platform, Room 23

Business Meeting 2019

ASEEES Digital Humanities Interest Group

2019 Business Meeting Agenda

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


DH and Tenure

Are guidelines needed, as in the AHA and MLA, for ASEEES?  What criteria are departments using? How can we best support and inform colleagues who are considering digital projects for their tenure portfolio?


Mission Statement

What are SlavicDH’s primary goals?  Who is our community?  What needs should we serve? To address some of these questions and open new ones, we will discuss and revise this draft mission statement:

Digital Humanities for the Slavic Field (SlavicDH) is an interest group of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).  We are a diverse and inclusive community of students, scholars, and practitioners. We organize regular events at the ASEEES annual convention, including a pre-conference workshop, a business meeting, and social events.  SlavicDH seeks to represent the interests of DH scholars within ASEEES and to foster connections between ASEEES and the digital humanities communities in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.  We work to sustain an informed discussion on digital methods and scholarship, including its evaluation for hiring, tenure, and promotion.      



Plan for upcoming conferences in Zagreb (DARIAH), Krasnoyarsk (EADH), Ottawa (DH). CEU summer university.  ASEEES 2020 in DC.

pre-conference workshop 2019

The ASEEES Digital Humanities in the Slavic Field group is pleased to announce a pre-conference digital project workshop to take place on the morning of November 23, 2019, at San Francisco Marriott Marquis (Floor 2 Foothill G1, G2). 

ASEEES Digital Humanities in the Slavic Field group is pleased to announce a pre-conference digital project workshop to take place on the morning of November 23, 2019, at San Francisco Marriott Marquis (Floor 2 Foothill G1, G2). The workshop is open to all ASEEES attendees and other interested scholars.

In an on-going effort to build a digital ego-document repository, the Prozhito project has already collected over 3,000 Russian- and Ukrainian-language diaries and made over 400,000 diary entries available to researchers through the archive search function. The next step in Prozhito development is finding digital tools to assist researchers who wish to work with the archive. The second annual pre-conference digital project workshop brings together Slavic DH scholars who showcase their research in the Prozhito archive.


Misha Melnichenko, Prozhito project founder and leading researcher

Anastasiya Bonch-Osmolovskaya, Academic Supervisor, Computational Linguistics Program, Higher School of Economics in Moscow

Philip Gleissner, Assistant Professor, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University

Andrew Janco, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Haverford College


8:30-9:00 Meet and greet

9:00-9:30 Prozhito: Three Thousand People Describe Four Hundred Thousand Days of Their Lives

Prozhito founder Misha Melnichenko will explain how the project began, how he built a team of 600 volunteers to digitize diaries, and how Prozhito teaches the art and craft of reading and digitizing ego-documents.  

9:30-9:50 From Collections to Data: Turning Raw Text into Structured Research Data

In this section, we will discuss the process of transforming the raw text and metadata transcribed by Prozhito into datasets that can be used in specific experiments.

Leader: Andrew Janco

10:00-10:45 Diarists as Readers: Literary Networks in the Prozhito Diaries 

Soviet diarists often wrote about the literature they were reading. In this section, we will use network analysis to trace literary reception in the Prozhito data. The session will feature a basic introduction to network analysis terms and tools.

Leader: Philip Gleissner

10:45-11:45 Diarists as Writers: Sense and Sensibility in the Diary Entries

As ego-documents, diaries contain authentic expressions of personal thoughts and feelings. In this section, we will use distant reading tools to trace the emotional expressions and patterns of reasoning in the Prozhito diaries. The session will feature a basic introduction to distant reading terms and tools.

Leader: Anastasiya Bonch-Osmolovskaya

Excel file

The workshop is open to all ASEEES attendees and other scholars wishing to investigate and develop research questions for the Prozhito project collections.


No previous knowledge of Digital Humanities is required.

We apologize for having no refreshments on site as we are prohibited from ordering third-party catering. There are many coffeehouses in the area including Peet’s Coffee at 773 Market St. and Starbucks coffeehouses at 789 Mission St. and  780 Market St. where refreshments can be bought.

Pre-conference workshop and Prozhito on the ASEEES Blog: 2019-11-01 and 2019-04-04

The Road to Now podcast episode recorded at the ASEEES post-workshop panel.



Original Photo Credit: Anastasiia Pavlovskaia

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
The library is regularly renewed on this page

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 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:

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