Demystifying the Digital Humanities is a new series of six workshops, taking place during the 2012-13 academic year at the University of Washington Seattle campus. These workshops have been generously funded by the Simpson Center for the Humanities and the UW Textual Studies program;  and throughout the course of the year, will present a guided introduction to the points of intersection between traditional and digital humanities (DH), including how traditional humanities approaches and questions are used or translated in DH studies, and identifying major DH subfields and their goals.

These workshops are geared toward graduate students who are curious about digital humanities and interested in using digital humanities techniques but are not sure how to get started or are unclear about what digital humanities scholarship requires. Our goal — and an area which we both count among our research interests — is to develop curriculum materials that provide a non-threatening starting point for DH self-development.

Each quarter’s workshops cover a different aspect of getting started—Fall 2012 will focus on professionalization, including developing an online scholarly identity, and finding other colleagues with similar interests. In Winter 2013, introductions to programming and working with code as a non-programmer will be provided. Spring 2013’s sessions will cover project management techniques, and explore some of the major tools (both free and premium) that are available.

If you’re curious about more of the details, you can see our original grant application.

This website will house resources and content from the workshops themselves, as well as providing participants with further avenues to explore. The number of resources available to people interested in the digital humanities is infinite, and growing constantly — so our goal is not to try and anthologize all of them here; or to curate the very best (!!!) — but rather, to highlight just a few of the many excellent sites/blogposts/tools which suit our workshop participants’ interests, and which we hope will provide a springboard for their own explorations.

To navigate, use the tabs at the top, the tags on the right, or the search function. And do feel free to email us via our contact pages if you have any questions.

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