Introductory Digital Humanities Course offered through Friday Center

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Introduction to Digital Humanities Materials and Methodology will be offered through the UNC William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education and is open to both degree and non-degree seeking individuals.

The course will be taught by Elijah Gaddis. Gaddis teaches classes in American Studies and Folklore, and is a lab associate in the Digital Innovation Lab (DIL). He first became interested in digital humanities as an extension of his own research and community engagement developed during his time working with museums and cultural heritage organizations.

Gaddis sees Digital Humanities as having the potential to expand and democratize the research we do in the academy and to help break down some of the structural impediments toward publicly-engaged research. To that end, he says that he has been genuinely surprised at how collaborative most of his digital humanities work has been.

Partially that’s by design: I think that CDHI and the DIL have helped create an atmosphere where collaboration is the norm. I’m particularly excited for my students to help collaboratively make meaning in my course this spring. There are the usual readings and lectures, but because ours is an online course, much of the work and many of the lessons in the class will be from our discussions which will be wide-ranging and cover a variety of topics related to the history, theory, and practice of DH work. Because this is a field that is always in flux and always being redefined, students will have an opportunity to participate in those discussions and to leave the class with a better sense of a digital humanities that is meaningful and useful for them individually.

Introduction to Digital Humanities Materials and Methodology will encourage students to critique existing projects and to determine whether new digital humanities methods (and new ways of funding, managing, and promoting DH activities) are expanding or eroding the potential for humanistic scholarship and the place of the humanities in the academy.

For more information about this course and to enroll, visit the website.

American Studies

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