GSA DH-Seminar 2019

DH and German Studies: Intersections, Innovations, Opportunities

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 8-10am

Conveners: Anke Finger (U of Connecticut) and Martin Sheehan (Tennessee Technological U)

The humanities are facing increasing pressure to sustain high levels of innovative scholarship while breaking through research silos so as to advocate for and benefit from multimodal communication with technology. The new modes of research, instruction, and publication that the digital humanities (DH) collectively represent offer all scholars new avenues for a wide variety of transdisciplinary and collaborative endeavors that they might not be aware of. To that end, this seminar explores how digital tools and computational methods can advance how we construct and communicate knowledge in German Studies. We will discuss how to apply digital tools and methodologies more effectively and thoughtfully so that we can integrate them into our instruction and/or research. Although no prior technical experience or knowledge is expected, scholars with intermediate and advanced proficiency levels with digital tools and DH are encouraged to apply so as to extend collaboration and networking opportunities. 

Both established and emerging scholars discuss major DH methodologies, digitally-enabled research projects, and teaching strategies in German Studies. Conveners will guide participants towards a deeper understanding of DH methods and practices for productive integration into local curricula and digital scholarship in German Studies, including a blueprint for advocacy at their institutions. 

Participants will leave with a more developed ability to discuss major DH methodologies, the specific tools and/or programs they require, and where these digital practices can take their scholarship or teaching. Most importantly, participants will strengthen a community whose members can help them explore strategies to implement DH methods in German Studies, to integrate DH into undergraduate and graduate education, and to evaluate DH projects for hiring, tenure, and promotion cases.

The three days will focus on 1) Theory; 2) Practice and 3) Advocacy

Participants: Jeremy Redlich (Fuji Women’s U); Shelley Rose (Cleveland State U); Florian Breitkopf (U of Pennsylvania); Edward Larkey (U of Maryland, Baltimore County); Helga Thorson (U of Victoria); Kurt Beals (Washington U St Louis); Daniel Brandlechner (U of Vienna); Verena Kick (Georgetown U); Katharina Hering (German Historical Institute); Christine Rinne (U of South Alabama); Bethany Morgan (Washington U St Louis); Jan Vondráček (Bergische U Wuppertal)

Auditors welcome.