INSTHUM 511 - Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies
Section: 001 Mapping Digital Humanities
Term: FA 2011
Subject: Institute for the Humanities (INSTHUM)
Department: LSA Humanities Institute
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Drop/Add Deadline 11/07/11.
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Graduate standing.
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Digital Humanities is a rapidly growing field at the intersections of computing and the disciplines of humanities and arts; the professions of education and library and information science; and interdisciplinary fields of media, communications, and cultural studies.

In this short course, modeled on Rackham Interdisciplinary Seminars, we will explore the parameters of the field through discussion of key defining texts and guest visits with leading figures on the University of Michigan campus, including members of the Library, the University Press, School of Information, and other units participating in the University’s Year of Digital Humanities initiative.

Three questions frame our exploration.

  • What impact have digital technologies had in general on the ways that academic research and education are conducted?
  • What impact have they had on our immediate areas?
  • And, how do we position ourselves for careers within the field and its dispersed practices?

The course will culminate in participation in HASTAC V, the 2011 international conference of the Humanities Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, December 1-3, 2011. We will be involved in preliminary planning as well as on-site hosting and post-conference publication and networking projects. The course is open to students from all disciplines and fields, though 2011-12 HASTAC Scholars will be given priority for enrollment.

For further information, contact the instructor Dr. Julie Thompson Klein, Fall 2011 Mellon Fellow in Digital Humanities at the Institute for the Humanities at or 734-482-2793; Professor of Humanities in the English Department and Faculty Fellow in the Office for Teaching and Learning at Wayne State University (

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INSTHUM 511 - Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies
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001 (SEM)
Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: This class will be meeting in 1022 Thayer.
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