Digital Humanities Blog Carnival, Presidents Day edition

Welcome back to the Digital Humanities Blog Carnival. This entry comprises the second edition, the February 2011 edition. Today is Presidents Day in the United States, which means that those of us employed by state institutions of higher learning have extra time to read through the inspiring posts below. As I proposed last time, I have broken the posts into five categories: Criticism, Projects, Tools, Funding, and Calls for Support. And, just the same as last time, the blogosphere was rife with dangerous ideas and tradition-challenging practices — not surprising for “a culture that values collaboration, openness, nonhierarchical relations, and agility” as Matthew Kirschenbaum (@mkirschenbaum) describes the digital humanities in a pre-released article, penned for the Association of Departments of English and the MLA.

Please enjoy this month’s edition of the Carnival, and consider submitting something to the next edition here.


In a post titled On Reading Like a Hawk, Matthew Gold (@mkgold) implies that Ralph Waldo Emerson might have been a digital humanist had he transcended on/in this earth a little later in time.

Jennifer Vinopal (@jvinopal) at Library Sphere reviews a panel discussion entitled Why Digital Humanities?

Nate Kreuter (@lawnsports) has a review of THATCamp VA’s “pure brainstorming & intellectual cross-pollination” at THATCampVA ’10: Postscript, and Fade into THATCampSE ’11

In Models for the Future Humanities, Whitney Trettien (@whitneytrettien) shares reflections on her experience walking through the MIT HyperStudio’s lab (and the various labs she passed on her way there), wondering how the art studio or scientists’ laboratory (or some combination of both) can serve as a model for digital humanities labs.


Resource Shelf covers an announcement entitled Digitization Projects: Technology Reunites One of World’s Largest Korans (With Images of the Digitization Process)

Erin Corley shares a post on the Archives of American Art (@ArchivesAmerArt) blog titled Artists of the Harlem Renaissance, which highlights fully digitized collections documenting African American art and artists of the 20th century. The post includes links to works by artists such as Palmer C. Hayden, William H. Johnson and Prentiss Taylor among others. Don’t miss the Jacob Lawrence Migration Series, which I was humbled to see in a traveling exhibit at Golden Belt studios in Durham, NC in 2008.

Ben Brumfield (@benwbrum) offers this reflection on the previous year — 2010: The Year of Crowdsourcing Transcription. The post highlights TranscribeBentham as well as other fascinating collaborative transcription projects.


Aditi Muralidharan (@silverasm), a fellow alum from THATCamp Bay Area, has an update on her WordSeer project, at Digital Humanities and the Future of Search.

Christopher P. Long (@cplong) of The Long Road, shares an engaging example of what digitally immersed humanities scholarship looks like on a daily basis in his post Evolving Digital Research Ecosystem.

Once again, Google has been caught red-handed stirring things up in the world of the digital humanities. Releasing a “street view” version that tours the interior spaces of some of the worlds most famous art museums, Google is challenging art historians to consider the benefits of virtual art viewing. Kyle Chayka (@chaykak) of Hyperallergic has a review at 5 Ways Google’s Art Project Bests Other Virtual Art Viewers.


Once again, funding is not only scarce, announcements re: funding are in yet shorter supply.

Calls for support

Sarah Werner (@wynkenhimself) of Wynken de Worde proposes a new panel for the 2012 MLA conference: Old Books and New Tools

Without having announced a special topic or theme ahead of time, I am reluctant to call this edition the ebook/ereader edition, so consider the following items a bonus:

The next Carnival will be hosted by Jennifer Guiliano at the Center for Digital Humanities, University of South Carolina. Submissions for the Carnival will be received here.

Finally, if anyone is interested in hosting an edition of the DHBC, please send me an email or DM on Twitter. We need hosts beginning in July.

Thank you all, and I look forward to seeing what exciting projects and thoughts you all share in the coming months.
Digital Humanities Blog Carnival, Presidents Day edition


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