Grad Student Research

Digital Humanities Fellows

The Scholars’ Lab is proud to announce that applications for our prestigious Graduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities are being accepted for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications are due February 28, 2017. The fellowship supports ABD graduate students doing innovative work in the digital humanities at the University of Virginia. The Scholars’ Lab offers Grad…. Continue reading “Digital Humanities Fellows”.

Graduate Applications for the Praxis Program, 2017-2018

UVa graduate students! Apply by February 28 for a unique, funded opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary group of your peers, learning digital humanities skills from the experts, and collaborating on the design and execution of an innovative digital project. The 2016-2017 Praxis cohort is in full swing, thanks to generous support by UVa Library…. Continue reading “Graduate Applications for the Praxis Program, 2017-2018”.

Reading the Kardashians

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to read the dialogue that passes between members of the Kardashian family on Keeping Up with the Kardashians? To have those seemingly intimate conversations and confessions in the form of a literary production that is open to analysis, interpretation, and text mining? Me neither. Not until…. Continue reading “Reading the Kardashians”.

Working with an Archive of the ‘Now’

Given our subject matter for the 2016-17 Praxis cohort, we recognized early on that we would be grappling with a very different sort of archive than we’ve grown accustomed to as humanists. Instead of the stacks, journal databases, manuscripts, and historical objects, we’d have to take a serious look at Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, and…. Continue reading “Working with an Archive of the ‘Now’”.

Time, Twitter, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians

We started this semester thinking about time and the ways time is structured, pathologized, and altered. And when it came to finding an access point for these questions, a project, if you will, we found it in an unlikely source:   Initially, as serious grad students, we were a bit resistant/hesitant  to stake our entire…. Continue reading “Time, Twitter, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians”.

Why not build another digital humanities tool?

One of the recurrent issues I noticed when our Praxis cohort began discussing the meaning of the digital humanities was the field’s need to justify its existence. At the beginning of the semester, we read articles about digital humanities as a “tactical term” and the kind of institutional, financial affiliations necessary to sustain DH labs…. Continue reading “Why not build another digital humanities tool?”.

Hybrid Literature: Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being

As a scholar of contemporary literature, I have naturally been drawn to the incredible literary innovation that has exploded in the wake of digital developments. I’m certainly not alone in my interest, and critics such as Katherine Hayles, Marie-Laure Ryan, Wolfgang Hallet, and Jan-Noël Thon have discussed the role of new media in literary studies,…. Continue reading “Hybrid Literature: Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being”.

Using DH to Explore Movement and Meaning

**Enjoy this guest post by Kelli Shermeyer, Doctoral candidate in the UVA English department, in which she describes her work with Professor Holly Pickett’s English 380 course at Washington & Lee. This work is supported by ASC grant expanding collaboration between Washington & Lee and the Scholars’ Lab. Cross-posted on the Washington & Lee’s DH blog.**…. Continue reading “Using DH to Explore Movement and Meaning”.

Reading Speech: Virginia Woolf, Machine Learning, and the Quotation Mark

[Cross-posted on the my personal blog as well as the WLUDH blog. What follows is a slightly more fleshed out version of what I presented this past week at HASTAC 2016 (complete with my memory-inflected transcript of the Q&A). I gave a bit more context for the project at the event than I do here, so it…. Continue reading “Reading Speech: Virginia Woolf, Machine Learning, and the Quotation Mark”.

Eggs and Baskets: Lessons on Data Foraging

It’s been a (long) while since my inaugural post on my Data Science Fellowship project. This post takes the form of a piece of advice for other soon-to-be data gathers, and it comes down to this: don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It sounds cliché, and—in retrospect at least—extremely obvious. But it is…. Continue reading “Eggs and Baskets: Lessons on Data Foraging”.