I am delighted — especially after a thrilling week at DHSI at U Victoria — to announce that during the 2012-13 academic year, Sarah Kremen-Hicks and I will be leading a year-long series of workshops titled Demystifying the Digital Humanities. This series will include 2 workshops during each quarter — so, 6 total. The series is oriented towards providing an introduction to digital humanities for members of the UW community (our primary target audience is humanities graduate students) who are both curious about getting started in the digital humanities and who may feel uncertain about what “getting started” involves, or may feel intimidated about the speed at which technology develops and changes. We hope that this series will support attendees’ own exploration of digital humanities — whether independently, or in conjunction with programs in their own departments.
This program would not be possible without generous support from the University of Washington Simpson Center for the Humanities and the Textual Studies Program — both in terms of funding, and in terms of providing mentoring and inspiration. Nor would it have been possible without the support of our faculty sponsors, Ann Lally (UW Libraries Digital Initiatives), Brian Reed (English), Míċeál Vaughan (English), and Stacy Waters (NELC).
The theme in the final DHSI Colloquium this morning was “The Way Forward” — and thus, many of the presentations focused on means of supporting student training and methods for developing digital humanities infrastructure. In order to contribute to this discussion, we’re making our grant application/detailed plan for the workshop series publicly available. We hope it will be useful to others thinking about similar workshops; and if you have comments or questions, we would be interested in hearing them. (You can reach me through the Contact page on this site, and reach either of us through our contact info within the workshop plan itself.)