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Spring 2019

DHUM 71000 - Software Design Lab # 59977
Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, 3 Credits, Prof. Patrick Smyth (

Many digital humanities projects require the creation of software, and many of these projects are large, complex, or require sustained collaboration. Knowledge of particular methods, processes, and tools is necessary for completion and maintenance of significant projects in the digital humanities. This course will give students a foundation in software development methodologies that they can draw from throughout their coursework and career.

This is a technical course, and students will learn a variety of hard and soft skills important for successful project completion. These include a limited number of fundamental concepts in programming, the use of version control, common software design patterns, managing state and persistence, and the basics of test driven development (TDD). The course will focus on two software "stacks," or collections of systems and tools frequently used alongside one another: a WordPress stack less focused on writing code, and a flexible stack based on coding in the Python programming language. Broader topics of discussion will include working to specifications, time line estimation, formulating an MVP, using project management tools, reading documentation, building for maintainability, and software ethics. After completing this course, students will be able to evaluate tradeoffs in software design, collaborate in a small group of mixed skills, and implement the most common techniques for designing modern software.

DHUM 72700 - The Future of the Book: Publishing and Scholarly Communications # 59979
Tuesday, 4:15 - 6:15 PM, 3 Credits, Profs. Duncan Faherty and Lisa Rhody ( and

In “Archival Encounters” we will take an interdisciplinary and participatory approach to archival research, scholarly editing, and the praxis of recovery. Part seminar, part individualized research tutorial, part laboratory, part skills workshop, this course will be an admixture of traditional scholarly practices and emergent ones, fundamentally both analog and digital, and varyingly held at and outside the Graduate Center. The course aims to provide students an introduction to the knowledge and tools necessary to create new access (for both scholarly and public audiences) to archival materials held within collections around the New York City area. The end goal of the course is for each student (or possibly several small groups of collaborating students) to produce an “edition” of a currently neglected archival artifact (which might be anything from an eighteenth century serialized short story, to a transcription of a Medieval fragment, to an unpublished letter by an early twentieth century poet to her editor). In order to produce these editions, students will be exposed to both practical methodologies and theoretical debates concerning archival work and the politics of recovery, as well as receive training in textual editing, book history, text encoding and annotation, markup strategies, and basic web design.

The course will have four main units, including an introduction to current scholarly debates about the politics of textual recovery and archival work (readings may include work by Lisa Lowe, Jennifer Morgan, Britt Russert, and David Kazanjian), field visits to area collections (crafted in response to the interests of the enrolled students), training in textual editing and book history (readings may include Greetham’s Textual Scholarship,McGann’s Radiant Textuality, Hayles and Pressman’s Comparative Textual Media), and training in digital research methods, platforms, annotation and encoding, and design. While anchored in issues of recovery and public engagement, the course will also enable students to actively pursue their own individual research agendas and gain valuable experiences in collaborating both with external partners (in terms of their archival projects) and with GC colleagues in the construction of the class platform (on the CUNY Academic Commons) for the display of the projects. More importantly they will receive this training not simply from the instructors themselves, but from the curators and archivists working at the various New York City repositories and special collections with which we aim to partner (including such possibilities as the New York Public Library, The Morgan Library, The New-York Historical Society, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Library for the Performing Arts, the Herstory Archives, and the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives).

The course will provide PhD students the opportunity to advance (or experiment with) their own research agendas by pursuing further study in archival research, book history, and scholarly editing. For students in the MA in Digital Humanities program, projects could be expanded to form a digital capstone project--a requirement for completion of the degree.

Course Requirements: Active and engaged participation, a brief oral presentation, weekly reflections, a project outline, a brief mid-semester progress report, and the creation of the final textual edition.  NOTE: At least four class sessions will take place at local archives within a 25-minute public transportation radius. 

​DHUM 73700 - Geospatial Humanities # 59981
Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, 3 Credits, Prof. Jeremy Porter (

This course aims to familiarize students with GIS and spatial analysis tools and techniques used in the visualization, management, analysis, and presentation of geo-spatial data.  The course will be a hand's on applied course in which students will learn to work with publicly available geo-spatial data in open-source software packages, including but not limited too: R, Python, QGIS, and CartoDB.  Topics covered include, Data Acquisition, Geo-Processing, Data Visualization, Cartography, Spatial Statistics, and Web-Mapping.

DHUM 74500 - Digital Pedagogy 2: Theory, Design, and Practice # 59982
Monday, 4:15 - 6:15 PM, 3 Credits, Profs. Michael Mandiberg and Julie Van Peteghem ( and
Cross-listed with ITCP 70020.

Students build on the historical and theoretical insights gleaned in the first interactive technology and pedagogy course, as they begin to employ digital tools in their own work. In this praxis oriented course students explore digital methodologies in the contemporary academy, enabling them to better contextualize their own work and negotiate the practicalities involved in creating a technology dependent project. By the end of the semester students will produce a polished proposal for a technology‐based project in their discipline related to research, teaching, or both.
Through class discussions, online work and workshops, students will hone their understanding of and ability to use digital tools and new media approaches in teaching and research. This course includes a two-hour non-credit bearing lab that takes place on the same day as class, directly afterwards.

MALS 75500 - Digital Humanities Methods and Practices # 59896
Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, 3 Credits, Prof. Andrea Silva (

During the Fall 2018 semester, students explored the landscape of the digital humanities, considering a range of ways to approach DH work and proposing potential DH projects. In the spring, we will put that thinking into action by refining and producing a small number of those projects. This praxis-oriented course will ask students to organize into teams and, by the end of the semester, produce a project prototype. Upon completion of the course, students will have gained hands-on experience in the conceptualizing, planning, production, and dissemination of a digital humanities project. Student work for this course will demonstrate a variety of technical, project management, and rhetorical skills. One of our goals is to produce well-conceived, long-term projects that have the potential to extend beyond the Spring 2019 semester. A range of advisors will be matched to support the needs of each individual project. Successful completion of the class will require a rigorous commitment to meeting deadlines and benchmarks established at the beginning of the course.
The class will hold a public event at the end of the semester where students will launch their projects and receive feedback from the DH academic community.