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Spring 2015

Fall 2014



Spring 2015

Workshops, Reading Groups, and LOCUS Talks

For further information, see digitalhumanities.msu.edu

Register at: lib.msu.edu/dh/events/

Digital Humanities Programming for Spring 2015 offered by the Libraries, College of Arts and Letters, and LEADR will be as follows:

  • January
    • 1/20 (T) 12-1:30pm, Workshop - Web Based Mapping, Wells B125
    • 1/28 (W) 5-6pm, Reading Group
  • February
    • 2/3 (T) 12-1:30pm, Workshop - Mapping with GIS, Wells B125
    • 2/11 (W) 5-6pm, Reading Group
    • 2/17 (T) 12-1:30pm, Workshop - Data Preparation for Digital Humanities Research, Library, REAL 3W
    • 2/25 (W) 3-5pm, LOCUS - "Spatial Analysis in Humanities and Social Sciences" (further info to come), Library, REAL 3W
  • March
    • 3/17 (T) 12-1:30pm, Workshop - Text Analysis with Python, LEADR
    • 3/25 (W) 5-6pm, Reading Group
  • April
    • 4/2 (Th) 12-1:30pm, Workshop - Humanities Data Curation, LEADR
    • 4/9 (Th) 3-5pm, LOCUS - Text Analysis
    • 4/15 (W) 5-6pm, Reading Group 

Read a student perspective on attending the February 25 LOCUS on Spatial Analysis in Humanities and Social Sciences here

MSU Digital Humanities supported the Digital Public Library of America and its DPLAFest in April 2015. Read more about DPLA and DPLAFest here.

Fall 2014


All sessions are on Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30PM.

Register at: lib.msu.edu/dh/events

*Advanced registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited*

  • September 10 - Getting Started with Humanities Data: Beginner Tools, Beaumont Instruction Room, Main Library (1st Floor)
  • September 24 - Creating Digital Collections in Omeka, LEADR, Room 112, Old Horticulture
  • October 8 - Introduction to Digital Mapping, Wells Hall 129B, College of Arts and Letters
  • October 29 - Principals of Network Analysis, LEADR, Room 112, Old Horticulture
  • November 5 - Reading from a Distance: An Introduction to Text Analysis, Beaumont Instruction Room, Main Library (1st Floor)

Brownbag Lunch Series, Topics

9/18 - HASTAC, Conference and Scholars discussion
10/2 - Project Management
10/16 - High Performance Computing
10/30 - Network Analysis
11/13 - Student Lightening Talks

Cyberinfrastructure Days - October 23-24, 2014


CI Days offers faculty and students the opportunity to understand cyberinfrastructure and how to use it to their best benefit. CI days will teach how to incorporate cyberinfrastructure into their scholarly pursuits, how to learn from what others are doing with cyberinrastructure, and to learn what resources are available on campus, across institutions, and nationally.

Check out Digital Humanities focused sessions at this year's CI Days event:

Thursday, October 23 - Pre-Conference Workshops

  • Introduction to Python + Advanced Python
  • Introduction to High Performance Computing at MSU + Advanced HPCC
  • Poster Sessions

Friday, October 24

This year's conference is a great opportunity to meet with colleagues from across the disciplines about topics of interest to both Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences.

The full agenda is available here.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


THATCamp Languages and Literatures - September 5-6, 2014


On September 5-6, MSU hosted THATCamp Languages. The unconference focused on language learning, research, and pedagogy. The first day at THATCamp consisted of bootcamps - technology workshops for digital language tools, video production and iMovie workshops, digital annotation, and web tools for language teaching. Professor Stephen Naumann of Hillsdale College called THATCamp Languages, "an educational experience that was both satisfying and enriching." To learn more, read the full article from the MSU College of Arts and Letters.




Chris Long - Cultivating an Online Scholarly Presence, March 27, 2014

WHEN: Thursday March 27, 2014

WHERE: 107 S. Kedzie Hall

TIME: 5:00-6:20PM

RSVP for this event


Cultivating an Online Scholarly Presence

Graduate students are often confronted with conflicting advice about how much of their academic work they should share publicly online. Although there are good reasons to consider carefully what one shares and how, graduate students who do not intentionally cultivate an online scholarly presence will increasingly be at a disadvantage both professionally and academically.

In this interactive presentation, Professor Christopher Long, Associate Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Education in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State, demonstrates how graduate students can begin to cultivate communities of scholarship around their work through social media, blogging platforms, and public practices of digital scholarly communication.

Christopher P. Long is Associate Dean for Graduate and Undergraduate Education in the College of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Philosophy and Classics. He joined the Philosophy faculty in 2004 and served as director of graduate studies in Philosophy from 2005 to 2010. He has served as associate dean for undergraduate education since 2011 and added graduate education to his portfolio in 2013. Professor Long completed his BA at Wittenberg University and his MA and PhD at the New School of Social Research in New York.

His first book, The Ethics of Ontology: Rethinking an Aristotelian Legacy, was published in 2004 by the State University of New York Press, and a second, Aristotle On the Nature of Truth, appeared in 2010 with Cambridge University Press. His latest book, Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy: Practicing a Politics of Reading is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. It will be published as an enhanced digital book that enables readers to engage directly with the author in an online community. He has published numerous articles on Ancient Greek Philosophy, 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Critical Theory and Social/Political philosophy.

To learn more about his recent research into the nature of socratic politics and, in particular, his interest in the educational use of social media technologies, visit his blog: www.cplong.org. You are invited to follow Dean Long on twitter at: @cplong.


Matthew Jockers - Macroanalysis, February 20, 2014

Proudly Presented by the College of Arts and Letters "Futures of Our Disciplines" 2013-2014 Themed Year


Can we treat literature as data? Should we? Matt Jockers will share his recent work using quantitative methodologies to chart plot structure in 40,000 narratives in a literary corpus spanning from 1800 to the present. Employing tools and techniques from natural language and signal processing, sentiment analysis, and machine learning, he will reveal the core plot archetypes discovered by his analysis and describe how these shapes change from the 19th to the 20th century. Comparing 1,800 best sellers to the larger corpus, he will also suggest how market success is related to plot shape.

In order to reserve your seat, RSVP now to:

February 20, 4pm-5:30pm, Wells Hall B122, Lecture on Macroanalysis: Register

February 20, 10am-12:30pm, Library Basement Instruction Room EG2, R Workshop I: Register

February 21, 9:10pm-12:00pm, B-110H Wells Hall, R Workshop II: Register

More Info at Matthew Jockers Website Here


David Searls - Bridging Humanities and The Sciences, November 14, 2013


Valeria Morignat - Transmedia Revolution: Living in an Ecosystem of Alternative Realities, November 1, 2013


Discovering Transmedia Topoi: A Response to Valerie Morignat - Presented by Bill Hart-Davidson

Brief Description of Presentation

In this talk, Valérie Morignat examines a double phenomenon that is inherent in the expansion of cyberculture: the progressive weakening of frontiers between the real, virtual and fictional worlds, and the emergence of an ecosystem of alternative realities. Three decades of interactive arts resulted in the development of persistent, reactive and sometimes autopoïetic environments populated with intelligent agents. By analyzing these settings, Morignat proposes the innovative notion of "mesonarrativity" designating a narrativity that is "ecologically situated", springing up from within events, and deploying itself as an "environment". This narrativity can be found in the fields of Video Games, Virtual Worlds, immersion and interactive cinema or yet still the experiences authorized by neuronal interfaces. More recently, the expansion of the Social Web, the digitization of the world and the consumption of mobile content, turned the art of fiction into a consensual hallucination seeking the conquest of the Real. Combining the codes of cinema, television writing, fan culture, game theories and the intelligence of social networks, Transmedia Storytelling emerges indeed as a paradigm of cybercultural revolution. In this expanding universe, Creative Industries are innovating: TV programs transcend their frames and Cinema characters live as nomads within a meta-narrative woven into social networks and mobile applications. Every media, every base of the transmediated story becomes a fully-fledged narrative agent. It will be shown that through the emergence of Transmedia, the second age of Media Convergence is well underway, announcing a media symbiosis that will transform fictional worlds into veritable interactive ecosystems.

About Professor Valerie Morignat

Valérie Morignat is a photographer, filmmaker and Associate Professor of Cinema, Audiovisual and Digital Studies at the University of Montpellier III in France. Her scholarly activity covers wide-ranging areas of inquiry including cyberculture, transmedia, futurology, art history, infographics, photography, cinema, digital post-production, the sociology of media, writing and storytelling, narratology and theories of fiction. Her professional expertise reflects a keen interest in digital innovation, creative industries, strategic analysis, e-branding, cybermarketing and cybercommunication. In recent years, she has been charged by the government and the southern province of New Caledonia with the mission to pilot the project of creating a School of Advanced Digital Media Study (l'Ecole Supérieure des Médias Numériques). Morignat is the author of several scholarly publications on such topics as interactive cinema and virtual environments, ecocinema, hyperliving, transmedia revolution, hypervision, metabodies, contemporary art in postcolonial societies, and allegories of the creative body. Her photographic work became part of several museum acquisitions and was exhibited internationally. Her underwater photography was recognized by several awards including the International Photography Awards and the Arte Laguna Prize. These underwater images are part of many private collections and appear regularly in the press. Her films, photographs and video art were shown in more that 20 countries, including the Sydney Opera House, Paris Centre George Pompidou and the Mexico Museo Estación indianilla.


Bill Hart-Davidson - Texts + Algorithms in DH: Computational Rhetoric, Distance Reading, and Stylistics, October 28, 2013


WHERE: B342 Wells Hall

WHEN: Monday, October 28, 2013

TIME: 12:00-1:00 PM

Bill Hart-Davidson is a faculty member at Michigan State University. He is the Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. He is the Co-Director of the Writing in Digital Environments Research Center and Interim Director of the Graduate Program in Rhetoric and Writing.

Brown Bag Series

Thursdays from noon to 1pm

409 Natural Sciences. MATRIX Conference Room

  • January 16 - DH @ MSU - people, projects, curriculum
  • January 30 - DH @ MSU Libraries - people, projects, resources
  • February 13 - DH Project Sharing
  • February 27 - Quick-launch DH Tools and Resources
  • March 13 - Born-digital Dissertations and dissertations with digital supplements
  • March 27 - Embodiment and the Digital
  • April 10 - Topographies and Texts

Brown Bag Series PDF



"Remapping Research and Teaching in the Age of Digital Humanities"

Todd Presner visited the MSU College of Arts and Letters April 25 and 26 of 2012. This is the first 40 minutes of his presentation to faculty and students, followed by a Q & A session.