Author Archives: Matthew K. Gold

DH Praxis Course Archive

This website was used for the DH Praxis course at the Graduate Center, CUNY, during the 2013-2014 academic year. Taught by Profs. Matthew K. Gold and Stephen Brier, the course aimed to introduce graduate students to the landscape of digital humanities work during the fall semester and to engage students in hands-on collaborative work during the spring.

Here are some things you can do on this site:

  • Check out the archived lectures of our Fall speakers on subjects such as topic modeling, data visualization, project management, and networked scholarly communication.
  • Visit the three projects produced by student teams during the Spring 2014 semester:

Beyond Citation: Critical Thinking About Academic Databases

DH Box: A Digital Humanities Laboratory In the Cloud

Travelogue: Mapping Literary History

  • Check out blog posts by individual students and teams below.

The Reverse Midterm


Source: “Reverse If,” cc-licensed flickr photo by Sharon Hinchliffe

Given our discussion of DH pedagogy last class, I wanted to share with you a post published today by our colleague Joe Ugoretz, Associate Dean
of Teaching, Learning, and Technology at Macaulay Honors College. In “Reverse Midterm,” Joe describes a recent experiment in the classroom with his students:

I started the class by telling them that I realized that we did not have a midterm scheduled, but we still had to have one, so today was the midterm. [. . . .] but it would be my midterm. They write the questions, I have to answer. I told them they could grade me, too. (this led to some moments of real joy).

Head on over and read the whole post (published, I will note, on the CUNY Academic Commons).

Is this DH pedagogy? Digital pedagogy? Paper-and-pencil pedagogy? I’d posit that such labels matter less than the fact that it is inventive and thought-provoking pedagogy, which is what good teaching should be most concerned with.

Recent DH Debates

Hi All —

Here are some of the recent discussions around DH that have taken place over the past few weeks:

1. JDH & peer review
DHNow has a nice round-up of links.

2. DH and Jobs
* Roopika Risam, “Where Have All the DH Jobs Gone?”
* MLA Job Information List

3. Twitter, Cultural Criticism, and the Contours of DH Discourse
* Ted Underwood, “Hold on loosely; or, Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft on the web.”
* Steve Ramsay, “Why I’m in It”
* Alan Liu, “‘Why I’m In It’ x 2 – Antiphonal Response to Stephan Ramsay on Digital Humanities and Cultural Criticism”
* Alex Reid, Ramsay, Liu, cultural critique, and DH