Hollis Peirce, George Garth Graham Research Fellow

Mr. Hollis Peirce https://twitter.com/HollPeirce I am pleased to announce that the first George Garth Graham Undergraduate Digital History Research Fellow will be Mr. Hollis Peirce. Hollis is a remarkable fellow. He attended the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria in the summer of 2012. At DHSI he successfully completed a course called “Digitization Fundamentals and Their Application”. In the fall semester of 2012 he was the impetus behind, and helped to organize,  THATCamp Accessibility on the subject of the impact of digital history on accessibility in every sense of the word. Hollis writes, Life for me has … Continue reading Hollis Peirce, George Garth Graham Research Fellow

Announcing a live-writing project: the Historian’s Macroscope, an approach to big digital history

I’ve just signed a book contract today with Imperial College Press; it’s winging its way to London as I type. I’m writing the book with the fantastically talented Ian Milligan and Scott Weingart. (Indeed, I sometimes feel the weakest link – goodbye!). It seems strangely appropriate, given the twitter/blog furor over the AHA’s statement recommendation to graduate students that they embargo their dissertations online, for fear of harming their eventual monograph-from-dissertation chances. We were approached by ICP to write this book largely on the strength of our blog posts, social media presence, and key articles, many of which come from … Continue reading Announcing a live-writing project: the Historian’s Macroscope, an approach to big digital history

Thinking out loud: language re tenure guidelines for the Digital Historian

At my university, we’ve been asked to consider discipline-specific language for new tenure & promotion guidelines. I’ve been writing a response to our chair, and I thought, in keeping with how I regard this problem, it would be a good idea to share these thoughts. Onwards. The 1.4 edition of the Journal of Digital Humanities wrestles with the problem of evaluating digital scholarship for tenure http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/volumes/  (or download as pdf: http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/files/jdh_1_4.pdf ) Moving Goalposts & Scholarship as Processes As far as discipline specific guidelines are concerned, from my perspective, is the problem that the goalposts are always going to be … Continue reading Thinking out loud: language re tenure guidelines for the Digital Historian

Text analysis of 2012 Digital Humanities Job Adverts

2012 was a good year for hirings in the digital humanities. See for yourself at this archive of DH jobs: http://jobs.lofhm.org/ Now: what do these job adverts tell us, if you’re a graduate student trying to find your way? Next week, I’m speaking to the Underhill Graduate Students’ Colloquium at Carleton University on ‘Living the life electric: becoming a digital humanist’. It’s broadly autobiographical in that I’ll talk about my own idiosyncratic path into this field. That’s quite the point: there’s no firm/accepted/typical/you-ought-to-do X recipe for becoming a digital humanist. You have to find your own way, though the growing body … Continue reading Text analysis of 2012 Digital Humanities Job Adverts

A teaching philosophy in practice

My field nowadays is the digital humanities; I started my academic life as an archaeologist. In between, I’ve taught in continuing education, distance education, secondary education to troubled students, and started a business. My philosophy of teaching has evolved continually as a result of these disparate experiences. I was attracted to archaeology by the hands-on nature of the field, by the materiality of it. I became interested in distance education and continuing education for how these two modes opened up academia to broader audiences than a standard undergraduate experience. Working with troubled teens (students whom the system had otherwise failed), … Continue reading A teaching philosophy in practice

Review of Malkin, “A Small Greek World: Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean”

A Small Greek World Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean Irad Malkin OUP USA 304 pages | 21 illustrations | 235x156mm 978-0-19-973481-8 | Hardback | 24 November 2011 Price: £40.00 http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199734818.do I was excited to obtain this book. Unfortunately, this is a book about social network analysis in antiquity that does not, in point of fact, contain any social network analysis. Rather, Malkin uses concepts drawn from networks and theories of evolving networks as metaphors to reframe centre-periphery arguments about the emergence of the Greek world around the Mediterranean as a ‘small world’. There is much that is good with this book, … Continue reading Review of Malkin, “A Small Greek World: Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean”

Digventures, Flag Fen, and Crowd-everything archaeology

On 29th February 2012, DigVentures, a social enterprise dedicated to funding sustainable archaeology projects, launched a 60 day funding round for Europe’s first ever crowdfunded and crowdsourced excavation, on the iconic Bronze Age site of Flag Fen. Archaeology has had a long history of relying on volunteers and patronage (whether individual or institutional) for support. The first excavation I went on, as a college student, was largely funded that year by the members of my class. $3000 a pop, as I recall. That’s a typical model in North America (running one’s academic excavation from fees paid by your crew), which … Continue reading Digventures, Flag Fen, and Crowd-everything archaeology

Networks from artefacts …and a way to reanimate the same

[below is the draft text of a talk I will be delivering on March 16th, 2012, at Dumbarton Oaks. Usual caveats apply. If you spot anything odd, please let me know.] Networks from Artefacts  Trevor Hodge, a distinguished professor of classical archaeology and a former professor at Carleton University, passed away recently.[slide 2] I was supposed to attend a lecture of his in early February, but due to the regular rhythms of life at a university, meetings and duties conspired against me and I never heard him speak; and now I’ll never have the chance. I deeply regret this, because … Continue reading Networks from artefacts …and a way to reanimate the same