- Code HUMN8029
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Humanities and the Arts
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Humanities
- Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, Digital Humanities, Arts
New computational tools and methods from digital mapping to 3D modelling to text analysis are being used in diverse disciplines across the Humanities. Technology is also transforming the way that we access and engage with cultural institutions and arts organisations. However, Digital Humanities is more than just using computers for research, it is a highly critical and scholarly field that consciously considers how humanities topics of research and research practices themselves are being transformed in the digital age. This course introduces students to key methodologies and critical theories in digital humanities. Students have the opportunity to learn, trial and evaluate a range of digital methodologies (ranging from digital mapping, data cleaning, 3D modelling, digitisation, metadata and database creation, digital publishing and audience engagement). Students study the ways that digital and computational methods are transforming research in humanities. There is a particular focus on how digital technologies and projects can be used to engage broader society with humanities and cultural sector research (including design for digital audiences, public history and public culture). The course also addresses complex ethical issues around ownership of data, digital repatriation, politics of archives, and the potential for digital activism. The course includes visits to major cultural institutions in Canberra and talks from experts in digital humanities research from across the ANU.
No specific technical or computational knowledge is assumed, all students will be supported to work with a range of digital methodologies and practices from whatever level they are at. Students will be given access to the Digital Humanities Lab and its specialist equipment and software. Students will be asked to critically evaluate tools and methods, as well as engaging with key readings, issues and debates, and critical theories. Projects and essays developed for this course may form part of Masters Advanced and Honours thesis projects subject to approval from your supervisor and program convener.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- critically examine digital humanities methodologies;
- apply digital humanities methodologies to their own research, writing and project development;
- understand the development of digital humanities from a theoretical and methodological standpoint;
- speak with confidence about the methodologies of digital humanities to professional audiences in academia and the cultural sector;
- have the confidence and capacity to trial, learn and evaluate a range of digital tools and methods; and
- understand how to develop a program of research and/or project for an external client (ie a cultural institution) that foregrounds digital methods and digital publication.
- Critical evaluation of a digital tool and/or method (20) [LO 1,5]
- Critical evaluation of a digital project (20) [LO 1,3,4,6]
- Class presentation (10) [LO 2,3,4]
- Major Research Project (40) [LO 1,2,3,5,6]
- Participation in class discussions and workshop activities (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks of weekly seminars and activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Whose Digital Heritage?: Contemporary Art, 3D Printing and the Limits of Cultural Property
Collections and/of Data: Art History and the Art Museum in the DH Mode, Matthew Battles, Michael Maizels http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/78
Dunn, Stuart. A History of Place in the Digital Age. Routledge, 2019.
The Programming Historian https://programminghistorian.org/en/
Software and tools covered may include:
GIS and digital mapping
3D scanning and model development
Metadata creation and cataloguing with Omeka
Python and APIs for accessing and collating data sets
Basic app development
Digital publishing tools
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