Digital Humanities

at Michigan State University


HASTAC Scholars – Call for applicants

Digital Humanities in the College of Arts and Letters is pleased to support a number of HASTAC Scholars for the 2017-2019 academic years.

Deadline for applicationsOctober 3

Announcement of Award: October 11

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student engaged with innovative projects and research at the intersection of digital media and learning, 21st-century education, and technology in the arts, humanities and sciences? Would you like to join an international conversation about the digital humanities? If so, you are invited to apply for the opportunity to become a 2017-2019 HASTAC scholar. As a Scholar, you will represent Michigan State University in HASTAC’s prestigious, online community. Successful candidates will each receive a $300 scholarship or travel reimbursement from the Digital Humanities Program in the College of Arts and Letters each year for two years.

HASTAC (pronounced “haystack”), which stands for Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, is an interdisciplinary, international network of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, as well as librarians, archivists, museum curators, publishers, and IT specialists. Members of the HASTAC community blog, host forums, organize events, and discuss new ideas, projects, and technologies that reconceive teaching, learning, research, writing and structuring knowledge. For more information about HASTAC Scholars and to see their discussion forums, please see the HASTAC Scholars website and also this page.

You need to apply via this application before you apply on the HASTAC Scholars website. This is how we know who we can fund and is required.

Successful candidates will:

Applications will be evaluated based on the student’s activities in the areas of digital humanities technology, research, pedagogy and service to the community. Highly motivated students with limited exposure to the digital humanities are encouraged to apply. This opportunity is an excellent way to learn more about digital media and practices.

In the applicationplease answer the following the questions:

Your application must include the name and contact information of a faculty or academic staff member willing to serve as your sponsor and mentor. Please also state your academic department and undergraduate/graduate status.

Send applications and recommendations as Word Documents to Kristen Mapes,, with “YOURLASTNAME-HASTAC APP” as the subject line. Applications are due no later than 5:00 PM, October 3, 2017.  Members of the CAL Digital Humanities Steering Committee will review applications, and the Scholars will be announced no later than October 11. Selected scholars should make an application at the HASTAC website by October 15. Details for that procedure will follow if you are selected.

Please email with any questions!

Open Consultation Every Tuesday and Wednesday 2pm-3pm

Not sure where to get started on a digital scholarship project?

Need help troubleshooting a new technology you’re using in your research?

Wondering how you can use digital scholarship in your classroom?

Join MSU Library experts at Open Consultation, every Tuesday and Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm, in the Main Library’s Make Central (2nd Floor West). This hour is perfect for folks just starting out on digital scholarship projects, as well as those that may have more advanced technical questions. We can help with GIS, data visualization, scanning and digitizing questions, content management and web design, and much more! We’re also here to help design assignments for faculty or graduate students who are interested in digital scholarship.

All skill levels welcome!!!

Visualization Community Seminar Series

The Visualization Community Seminar Series is a place for anyone interested in visualization/data visualization to learn about emerging ideas, research and methods. Faculty, students, and community members are invited to attend sessions where an invited visualization practitioner(s) will share their research and methods. The goal of this seminar series is to build a community of practice around visualization that crosses disciplinary boundaries and techniques. Anyone with an interest in the topic of visualization is welcome and encouraged to attend! Feel free to bring your lunch.
Seminars will take place from 12:00-1:00pm on 9/22 (in Library 3 West Real Classroom), 10/20 (in Library 3 West Real Classroom), and 11/17 (in Library 3 West Beal Classroom)
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Upcoming Workshops – Fall 2017!

We have some exciting workshops set up for this fall. We hope to see you there!

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Distant Reading/Graphesis Research Workshops, led by the English Department

Distant Reading/Graphesis
Coordinators: Dr. Steve Rachman and Laura McGrath
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This workshop is for faculty and graduate students who wish to learn more about two important turns in literary studies and digital humanities: distant reading and graphesis.

Over the two semesters of this academic year we will engage the techniques and theories operating behind these analytical approaches. This workshop will 1.) discuss current work in the fields of distant reading and graphical analysis, 2.) share examples of works-in-progress by scholars on and off campus, and 3.) introduce relevant technologies and programs (Voyant, Gephi, etc., tailored to the interests of participants).

For the distant reading portion of the Workshop, key questions include: Do literary genres possess distinctive features at all possible scales of analysis and to what extent can these features be measured? Should the DH practices associated with distant reading be considered as “science” or “humanities”? How can the techniques of distant reading be applied to questions of gender, class, race, or other problems of identity, representation, and diversity?

The graphic mediation elements of the workshop will deal with a growing array of visual forms of knowledge production and consumption as they intersect with literary forms, and we will be investigating the ways in which diverse fields such as graphic design, mathematics, geography, the natural sciences, rhetoric, and philosophy and disciplines of the digital humanities, rhetoric, art history, architecture, and media studies have transformed and will transform literary study. As with the distant reading parts of the workshop, we will be trying to think through these interdisciplinary questions in terms of critical diversity.

Fall Semester events [NOTE DATE CHANGES]. All events take place in Linton Hall, Room 120

• Meeting 1, September 14, September 19 4:30-6:00. Histories of Distant Reading. Reading, “Graphs” from Graphs, Maps, and Trees by Franco Moretti (full text available online through MSU Library); “A Genealogy of Distant Reading” by Ted Underwood.
• Meeting 2, October 19, October 17, 4:30-6:00. Graphical Analysis and Machine Reading. Reading: selections from “Graphesis” by Joanna Drucker (to be circulated via email), and from “Comparative Textual Media” by Katherine Hayles (full text available online through MSU Library).
• Meeting 3, November 16, November 14, 4:30-6:00. Computational Hermeneutics, Computational Trends with Andrew Piper (guest via skype). Reading, “Novel Devotions” by Andrew Piper. Tentative Voyant workshop.
• Meeting 4, November 30, December 5, 4:30-6:00. Presentation of Works in Progress

DH Pizza Meetup for Undergrad Students

This is a monthly gathering for undergraduate students who are doing or interested in digital humanities. Anyone is welcome to join once or regularly. We will start with one undergrad student sharing informally about something they are interested in relating to digital humanities. After about 10 minutes, then the rest of the time will be left to the group to share their interests and work, and/or talk about the field and MSU DH generally.

There will be soda and pizza provided. This gathering is meant to be informal, so even if you can only stop by for a few minutes, feel free to do so!

The schedule for Fall 2017 is:

DH Lunch Meetups for Grad Students

This is a monthly gathering for graduate students who are doing or interested in digital humanities. Anyone is welcome to join once or regularly. We will start with one grad student sharing informally about their work, whether in the classroom or in research. After about 15 minutes, then the rest of the time will be left to the group to share their work, discuss recent or upcoming conferences, and/or talk about the field and MSU DH generally.

There will be soda and sandwiches provided. This gathering is meant to be informal, so even if you can only stop by for a few minutes, feel free to do so!

The schedule for Fall 2017 is: