Syllabus Spring 2019

Seminar in Digital Scholarship and Media Studies 

HIST 585 006.  DSMS 700.  Spring semester 2017

Prof. Allen Tullos
allen [dot] tullos [at] emory [dot] edu

Seminar meets Wednesdays 4:00-7:00 in Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, Woodruff Library 303F

Office hours: TBA in 327 Bowden Hall. And by appointment.

This seminar offers an interdisciplinary introduction to digital scholarship and a overview of digital technologies’ effects upon research, scholarly publishing, and teaching. Topics include the emergence of the internet and network society, modes of digital knowledge production and dissemination, geospatial interpretation and forms of visualization, new possibilities for publishing, social media and social movements, intellectual property, curation, and sustainability.  In addition to weekly discussions of assigned readings and visits to the seminar by a variety of digital practitioners, students will work on a semester project or research paper appropriate to their area of interest.

DSMS 700 is the core seminar for the Laney Graduate School Certificate in Digital Scholarship and Media Studies.

Check this syllabus regularly for updates and changes.

Wednesday, January 16: Introductions and Overview

Read for discussion:  Patrik Svensson, “Three Premises of Big Digital Humanities,” Chap. 3 in Big Digital Humanities (2016).

Registration for lecture by Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League and graduate researcher in the MIT Media Lab, examines harmful bias in code and artificial intelligence in her talk, “Dangers of the Coded Gaze.”  Thursday, February 7, 2019.  4:00 PM – 5:15 PM.  White Hall 208.

January 23: Tweet and Text Archive Mining.  Open Tour.

Visit by  Dr. Joanna Mundy, Digital Project Specialist ECDS
Read: Tracey Hayes,   “#MyNYPD Nodes and Networks: Mobilization and Engagement,” from the first edited proceedings of the annual Computers & Writing Conference (2016-2017) 

Write one to two pages about a possible project or paper topic you would like to work on this semester.  Print and bring to class.

For discussion:

Patrik Svensson, “Three Premises of Big Digital Humanities,” Chap. 3 in Big Digital Humanities (2016).

Dave Eggers, “The violations start with us.”  An edited extract from Dave Eggers’s 2018 PEN H.G. Wells lecture on digital human rights.  Times Literary Supplement, Dec 18, 2018.

“An online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee calls for bill of rights for web.” 
Read the “Contract for the Web.”

January 30:

Visit by Dr. Jesse Karlsberg, Senior Digital Scholarship Strategist ECDS. Presentation about the Readux tool for online reading, annotation, and publishing.

Bethany Nowviskie, “Digital Humanities in the Anthropocene.” (2014)

Miriam Posner,  “What’s Next: The Radical, Unrealized Potential of Digital Humanities.” (2016)

Write a 500 word commentary that engages with Nowviskie and Posner. Print and bring to class.

Browse articles in the Digital Humanities Quarterly.  Can you find any items relevant to your semester project?

February 6:

Visit by Megan Slemons, Geographical Information Systems Librarian ECDS. Discussion of mapping and space-time visualizations (GIS, Tableau, StoryMap, etc.).

Anne Kelly Knowles, “Has Historical GIS Arrived?” (2014) (book review)

S. Wright Kennedy, “The Potential of Historical GIS and Spatial Analysis in the Humanities.” (2016) (approx. 45 min.)
Susan Elizabeth Gigliardi, “MAP-IT: Little Dots, Big Ideas.” (2016) (article)
George Philip LeBourdais, “Tracing the Arctic Regions.” (2016) (approx. 1 hour)

Write a 500 word commentary that makes reference to the reading and viewing assignments.

Browse articles in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities.

February 13: 

Visit by Anandi Silva Knuppel, Senior Digital Scholarship Specialist ECDS.
Discussion of ECDS graduate student internship program.  Presentation on building web sites using WordPress.

Nicholas Bauch, “Enchanting the Desert: Visualizing the Production of Space at the Grand Canyon.” (2016) (approx. 1 hour)
Niall Atkinson, “Seeing Sound: Mapping Florentine Soundscapes.” (2016) (approx. 1 hour)
Lanny Thompson, “The Colonialist’s Gaze.” (2017) (approx 10 min.)

Write a 500 word commentary that engages with the viewing assignments.


February 20:

Visit by Melanie Kowalski.  Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian.
Presentation and discussion of intellectual property concerns and “fair use” in digital scholarship.
Read:  pages 21-37 from Kevin Smith’s book Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers. Free online at 

Update on your semester project/paper progress.  Write no more than two pages about what you’ve accomplished, or attempted, so far. Print and bring to class for discussion.

February 27

Visit by Dr. Rob O’Reilly.  Head of Data Services ECDS.
Presentation and discussion of data sources and tools in the humanities.

View: “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship” 
Write a 500 word commentary that addressed the topics raised in “Paywall”
Browse in the Directory of Open Access Journals to find publications in your areas of interest.

Recommended: Lindsay Ellis, “A Turning Point for Scholarly Publishing” (Chronicle of Higher Education, 2019)

March 6: 

Visit by Dr. Steve Bransford.  Senior Video Producer ECDS. 
Some varieties of digital video creation, publication, and critique.

Browse in both editions (2012 and 2016) of Debates in the Digital Humanities then select one article from each to summarize and critique (total 500 words). Be prepared to discuss in class, turn in.

Spring Break March 11-15

March 20:

Visit by Sara Palmer.  Digital Text Specialist ECDS.
TEI, text mining, word clouds, network analysis.  The Omeka platform.

Update on your semester project/paper progress.  Write no more than two pages about what you’ve accomplished, or attempted, so far. Print and bring to class for discussion.

March 27:

Visit by Sarah McKee, senior associate director for publishing at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Antisocial Media.
Siva Vaidhyanathan: “Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects People and Undermines Democracy” (2018) (1:30)
Astead W. Herndon, “Elizabeth Warren Proposes Breaking Up Tech Giants Like Amazon and Facebook”
David Streitfeld, “Why a Big Tech Breakup Looks Better to Washington” 
Evgeny Morozov, “The Left Needs To Get Radical on Big Tech”
Elliot Harmon, “Our Thoughts on the New Zealand Massacre”  and “The Santa Clara Principles”
Hanna Ingber, “The New Zealand Attack Posed New Challenges for Journalists”

Write a commentary (500 words) that is informed by the assigned video lecture and readings.

April 3: 

Visit by Kayla Shipp Kamibayashi, Ph.D. Candidate in English, Emory University. M.A. in Digital Humanities, King’s College London.  Discussion of digital scholarship and the dissertation.

Visualizing, Reading, Scholarly Notetaking:

Martha Hollander, “The Imaginary Museum: Teaching Art History with Mobile Digital Technology”

Marian Dark, “Visualizing Cultural Collections”

How Scholars Used To Read
Keith Thomas’s “Diary” for June 10, 2010 in the London Review of Books

Jennifer Edmond, “How Scholars Read Now: When the Signal Is the Noise”

Write a 500 word commentary prompted by this week’s assignmets.

April 10:
Visit by Arya Basu, Visual Information Specialist ECDS.
Presentation on varieties of extended reality projects.


1) Examples of visual representations from the Samothrace project hosted at Emory.

Explore the Samothrace web site:

“Panoramic Views”

Read about and view the 3-D Walkthroughs developed by the Samothrace project:

Explore Emory’s  “Envisioning Baroque Rome”:

2) Read about Google Arts & Culture

Explore the Open Heritage Project

Experiments with Google

Draw upon your impressions of these websites and projects to write a 500 word commentary-critique about the potential of these modes and technologies for researching and teaching cultural history. (Include URL’s of the web pages you reference.)

Recommended.  Continuing Facebook discussion:

Mike Isaac, “Mark Zuckerberg’s Call to Regulate Facebook, Explained” (2019)
Jim Waterson, “Facebook Brexit ads secretly run by staff of Lynton Crosby firm” (2019)
Emily Bell, “Facebook is asking to be regulated but wants to choose how” (2019)


April 17
Visit by Wayne Morse, Co-Director ECDS.

Diane Goldenberg-Hart, “Report of a CNI-ARL Workshop Planning a Digital Scholarship Center 2016”
Dan Cohen, “Institutionalizing Digital Scholarship” (2017)

Stephen Robinson and Lincoln Mullen, “Digital History and Argument White Paper” (2017).  Download a copy of the white paper here.
Read all the items above for class discussion, but write your 500 word commentary only on the “white paper.”

April 24

Student Presentations.

All final materials due to Prof. Tullos on or before May 1 (see Grading).