Digital Humanities Blog Carnival

The field of the digital humanities has grown significantly over the last decade, and now there is no end of projects to support, ways of thinking to share, and funding opportunities to highlight. The Digital Humanities Blog Carnival is a forum for showing, discussing, and developing some of the best work in this field.

To submit a blog post on something related to the digital humanities, scroll to the Submissions Form below or click here.

Volume 1, Issue 1: January 17, 2011
Volume 1, Issue 2: February 21, 2011

Future Carnivals

  • March 21st will be hosted by Jennifer Guiliano at the Center for Digital Humanities, University of South Carolina no submissions received
  • April 18th will be hosted by Lisa Spiro at the Digital Media Center, Rice University no submissions received
  • May 23rd will be hosted by HASTAC
  • June 20th will be hosted by Center for Digital Humanities (Serbia)

For ideas, consider submitting a blog post in one of the following four categories.

  • projects – highlight, critique, or announce news about a new or ongoing digital humanities project
  • criticism – critical pieces about or general reflections on the digital humanities generally
  • calls for support – invite others to help with a new or ongoing project
  • funding opportunities – announce or share news about funding opportunities for digital humanities projects
  • tools – highlight, demonstrate, or critique tools available to scholars for analysis

or if you have something to say about the digital humanities that does not fall into any of these categories, feel free to create your own.

As far as I know, this is the first blog carnival related to the digital humanities, and I put it together only after searching unsuccessfully for where someone else may have already started it. If indeed there is already a blog carnival for the digital humanities, please let me know. If not, then I propose we move forward from here. I am offering to host the first two — in January and February 2011 — to get the Carnival started. I can continue to host the carnival if necessary, but my hope is that many of the other wonderful bloggers out there with interest in the digital humanities will step up and offer to host at least one. I see no reason why the Digital Humanities Blog Carnival can not be hosted by a different blog each month, once we are up and running.

What is a blog carnival?
Blog carnival’s are best understood when you see good examples, but the website has a good description

blog carnivals are a great way for bloggers to recognize each other’s efforts, organize blog posts around important topics, and improve the overall level of conversation in the blogosphere. Carnivals come in edited “editions”, just like magazines or journals. The fact that carnivals are edited (and usually annotated) collections of links lets them serve as “magazines” within the blogosphere, and carnival hosts can earn their readership by providing high quality collections.

Why would serious academics contribute to something called a carnival?
Academic bloggers have several blog carnivals. For example, the Teaching Carnival was recently hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ProfHacker blog, the Military History Carnival is regularly hosted at the Edge of the American West, and the Philosopher’s Carnival is in good steady rotation among a number of blogs devoted to academic philosophy.

What’s the point of a Digital Humanities blog carnival?
My hope with the DHBC is two-fold:

  1. By gathering together on a monthly basis digestible pieces of life in the digital humanities, we will raise awareness generally for the field – educating professors, students, and the public about the digital humanities. There is already a wonderful private conversation for people interested in the digital humanities — The Humanist listserve. And there are numerous websites and blogs dedicated to digital humanities projects, each with a different audience. A blog carnival is another way to help to cross pollinate audiences and ideas.
  2. Through the discussions that inevitably will follow, I hope that the DHBC will collectively contribute to the ongoing practice of defining just what is the digital humanities.

Digital Humanities Blog Carnival Submissions Form

Please note: this is the official (and only) submissions page for the Digital Humanities Blog Carnival. The form at the site generated too much spam, and submissions sent from its site will be ignored.


Digital Humanities Blog Carnival — 7 Comments

  1. This is great news!

    But if I can give you one small piece of advice based on long experience? Don’t use the Blog Carnival site for nominations. It was once a pretty good service but has been overwhelmed by spammers in the last few years. (I keep the account going but have it send nominations to my inbox and I forward the few that are genuine to hosts.) Assuming you can install WordPress plugins, there are several for email contact forms that can be customised to use for nominations: I’ve found the Dagon Design Form Mailer the most flexible (and if you can’t install plugins there’s a free-standing PHP version that is very simple to install). It includes support for Recaptcha, and I’ve found it very reliable.

  2. Great suggestion. I am already seeing spam entries submitted via blog carnival (as well as genuine submissions), so I will be implementing an alternative. Most likely, it will be a form on this page. I’ll make an announcement about new submission procedures when I have a new way. Until then, please continue to use the Blog Carnival page.

    Thanks again.

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