Introduction to Digital Humanities
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NHUM 2001
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Media & Culture
How do computers enable us to rethink, reform and reorient every stage of intellectual process? How might collaboration and other forms of digital creativity allow us to understand a book, an archive, a painting, a space, an idea, a film -- or our own minds -- differently? In this course, we use digital tools to help us re-conceptualize what the humanities can be. Educating ourselves about the history, present and future of computerized intellectual work, we address distinctions between digital “work” and digital “play;” virtual humanness; and whether digital worlds alter intellectual categories like “art,” “culture,” or “society.” Digital tools not only allow us to share our ideas and knowledge, but also encourage creative expression that goes beyond any one discipline or mode of communication. In addition to writing, the course focuses on making time, space, ideas, narrative and argumentation visible. Exercises emphasize collaboration, innovation and design rather than the individualism, competition and “knowledge banking,” that can be typical of scholarship in the analogue humanities world. Readings include selections from Anne Balsamo, Designing Culture (2011), Anne Burdick et. al., Digital_Humanities (2012), Stephen L. Carter, Civility, (1999) Cathy N. Davidson, Now You See It (2010), Lawrence Lessig, Free Culture (2004), Marshall Poe, A History of Communications (2010), and Siva Vaidhyanathan, The Googlization of Everything (2011). This course prepares students to participate in courses and projects associated with the Humanities Action Lab.
Course Open to: Degree Students