Grad Student Research

What can digital humanities tell us about Character?

My part of the collaboration with James has been thinking through what this text has to tell us about “Character” as a literary category and to consider how digital tools can help modern users interact with eighteenth-century characters. There’s been a learning curve for me as I find out more and more about what digital…. Continue reading “What can digital humanities tell us about Character?”.

Transcribing Typography with Markdown

Digital technologies are not new solutions to our old problems, but are new problems asking for us to return to old solutions. People have been transcribing texts for as long as there have been texts. So it is no surprise that some of the earliest applications for computers were concerned with transcribing texts. These applications…. Continue reading “Transcribing Typography with Markdown”.

Why To Teach Students to Not-Read Novels

Scholars’ Lab Fellow James Ascher went to Washington and Lee University to give a workshop in Prof. Taylor Walle’s ENGL 335 course through a Mellon-funded collaboration with the Scholars’ Lab in the UVA Library. More information about this initiative can be found here. His post is cross-listed on the W&L blog. This post has a simple argument: if…. Continue reading “Why To Teach Students to Not-Read Novels”.

Visualizing Paper Evidence Using Digital Reproductions

Digital images both lie to us and tell us truths that exist outside of our normal perception. The lie comes about through both deliberate distortions and distortions produced by limitations in digital and in other reproduction methods. The limitations of reproductions are easy to see for anyone who considers the situation carefully, but understanding the…. Continue reading “Visualizing Paper Evidence Using Digital Reproductions”.

Accessibility Online–Take aways from the Luis Perez workshop

One of our aims for our summer project is to build a product that is accessible for all users, but I realized today that James and I have a different idea of what it means for digital humanities to be “accessible.” When I think of making a digital product accessible, I imagine a home bound…. Continue reading “Accessibility Online–Take aways from the Luis Perez workshop”.

Introductions: Meet Charm and Wit, or Wit and Charm

Sarah E. Berkowitz I will be working with James Ascher this summer on a Scholar’s Lab Digital Humanities Project Incubator Fellowship. Our project consists of creating a digital edition of “Characters” from Samuel Butler’s posthumous Genuine Remains (1759). James and I are both rising fifth year Ph.D. candidates in the English Department, and we both…. Continue reading “Introductions: Meet Charm and Wit, or Wit and Charm”.

Announcing 2017-2018 Fellows!

We are thrilled to announce the 2017-2018 Scholar’s Lab fellows for the Praxis Program, the new Digital Humanities Project Incubator Fellowship, and the Graduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities. We are welcoming 14 fellows from 6 disciplines from the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Our graduate fellows are joining a robust and vibrant community of past fellows! Praxis Program We are…. Continue reading “Announcing 2017-2018 Fellows!”.

The Long and Messy History of Privacy

[Cross-posted to the Washington and Lee Digital Humanities Blog. He came to W&L to give a workshop through a Mellon-funded collaboration with the Scholars’ Lab. More information about this initiative can be found here.] I was invited by Brandon Walsh, the Mellon Digital Humanities Fellow at Washington and Lee and a former Scholars’ Lab Praxis fellow of…. Continue reading “The Long and Messy History of Privacy”.

Congratulations to the Praxis 2016-2017 Cohort

On Tuesday, March 20th the Praxis 2016-2017 Cohort was awarded first place for their project “Dash-Amerikan: Keeping up with Kardashian Media Ecologies” at the 2017 Huskey Research Exhibition, hosted by the University of Virgina Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. They will be presenting their findings again in early May.  Until then, here is the abstract of…. Continue reading “Congratulations to the Praxis 2016-2017 Cohort”.

Fair Use, DH, and the Kardashians

This week, the Praxis cohort heard from Brandon Butler, UVA’s Director of Information Policy, who gave a fascinating talk on the evolution of copyright law and the meaning of intellectual property. He covered the U.S. Constitution’s intellectual property clause, the rolling boundaries of public domain, and the shift from monetary value to cultural value as…. Continue reading “Fair Use, DH, and the Kardashians”.

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