Syllabus Spring 2021


Seminar in Digital Scholarship and Media Studies 

HIST 585 003.  DSMS 700 001.  Spring semester 2021. 
Check the syllabus regularly for updates and changes.

Prof. Allen Tullos

Seminar meets Tuesdays 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Office hours: Thursdays 10:00-11:00 a.m. at   And by appointment at   allen [dot] tullos [at] emory [dot] edu

This seminar offers an interdisciplinary introduction to digital technologies and their use in research and publishing in the humanities and social sciences. Mindful of historical-geographical contexts, this course surveys changing modes of digital production and dissemination of knowledge, along with critical perspectives on digital scholarship and new media. In addition to  assigned readings and viewings, invited guests who are digital practitioners will demonstrate projects, research tools, software applications, and publishing platforms. In consultation with Prof. Tullos and staff of the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, students will work on a semester project and/or paper of their choosing that is appropriate to their areas of interest. No technical expertise or course prerequisites are required. 

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

January 26: Introductions and Overview

For reference:  Patrik Svensson, “Three Premises of Big Digital Humanities,” Chap. 3 in Big Digital Humanities (2016).
Marc Parry, “The New Ph.D: Momentum grows to rewrite the rules of graduate training,” Chronicle of Higher Education,” February 16, 2020.

February 2: Pondering Projects and Platforms

Visit by  Dr. Joanna Mundy, Digital Project Specialist, Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS)
Browse: Emory Open Tour Builder 

Visit by Dr. Amy Li, Communications Specialist and Post-Doctoral Fellow, ECDS.  Varieties of Social Media.

Write  400-500 words envisioning the sort of project or research paper or other digital activity that you are considering for your semester’s work in this seminar. Be prepared to discuss in class. (Use Canvas Assignments to turn in your writing.)

Reference browse:
Matthew K. Gold, ed., Debates in the Digital Humanities (2012)
Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein, eds., Debates in the Digital Humanities (2016)

February 9:

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

Browse articles in the Digital Humanities Quarterly.  Choose one article in your area of interest and write a 400-500 word summary and critical assessment. (Use Canvas Assignment to turn in your writing.)

Free Tutorials for many kinds of software platforms (including WordPress, ScholarBlogs) are available on LinkedIn Learning (including content):
Getting Started with ScholarBlogs at Emory
List of ScholarBlogs sites at Emory

February 16:

Visit by Megan Slemons, Geographical Information Systems Librarian, ECDS.
Discussion of mapping and spatial-temporal visualizations (GIS, Tableau, StoryMaps, etc.).
Browse: StoryMaps

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 Gagliardi, “MAP-IT: Little Dots, Big Ideas.” (2016) (short article)
George Philip LeBourdais, “Tracing the Arctic Regions.” (2016) (approx. 1 hour)

Assignment: Write a 400-500 word commentary that makes reference to the reading and viewing as you consider the potential of digital mapping projects. 

Browse  Digital Scholarship in the Humanities.

February 23:

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

Visit by Kayla Shipp, Digital Scholarship Specialist, ECDS.


Browse Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein, eds., Debates in the Digital Humanities 2019.  Select two of the chapters and write 400-500 words of summary and critical assessment.

March 2:

Visit by Lauren Klein, Associate Professor in the departments of English and Quantitative Theory & Methods.
Read  Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein, Data Feminism (2020) and write 500 words of summary and commentary.

March 9:

Visit by Melanie KowalskiCopyright 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 400-500 words about what you’ve accomplished, or attempted, so far. Be prepared to discuss in class.

March 16: No Class Today

March 23:

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

Assignment: Identify three websites or web-based projects that you find of interest.  For one of these sites write  400-500 words that summarize and reflect upon its design, functionality, and content. Be prepared to discuss in class.

March 30: 

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

Assignment:  Read both of the following two essays, choose one to write 400-500 words of commentary.  Be prepared to discuss in class. 
Katrina Forrester, “What counts as work?,” LRB (December 2019).
Sue Halpern, “Weaponizing the Web,” NY Review (April 8, 2021)

April 6

Visit by Sarah McKee, Senior Associate Director for Publishing at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry.

Assignment: Read Siva Vaidhyanathan, “Making Sense of the Facebook Menace,” New Republic (“January 5, 2021).
View Vaidhyanathan, “The False Expectations of Digital Democracy” TEDxAUB (April 2, 2021)(18 min.)
Write 400-500 words of commentary on Vaidhyanathan.

April 13: 

Visit by Dan Sinykin, Assistant Professor of English.  Browse: Post 45   and

Assignment: Read Shoshana Zuboff, “The Coup We Are Not Talking About” (NY Times, January 29, 2021).
Write 400-500 words of commentary on Zuboff’s article.


April 20:

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

No reading or writing assignment this week.  Work on projects.



April 27:  Presentations of Student Projects



All final project and/or paper materials due to Prof. Tullos on or before May 4 at noon  (see Grading).