Final Project

For your final assignment, you get to bring together all the different elements of the course to produce an essay using data and visualizations to discuss some aspect of religious practice in the US between 1980 and the present. You will need to use our course data set (though you do not have to limit to the state of Alabama) and at least one supplemental data source of your choice.

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Reflection 3 – Uses of computational analysis

Question: How do different modes of analysis transform data? What do those transformations reveal and conceal?

Write a 500-1000 word blog post reflecting on the role of “computational analysis” in digital humanities projects. Use course readings and your technical work to propose an answer to the question of the advantages and disadvantages of computational analysis for the study of religion. Be sure to use complete sentences, correct grammar, and citations.

Reflection 2 – Data for Religious Studies and Digital Humanities

Question: What counts as data for the study of religion? What can and cannot be captured as data?

Write a 500-1000 word blog post reflecting on the role of “data” in digital humanities projects in Religious Studies. Use course readings and your technical work to propose an answer to the question of what constitutes data for the study of religion. Be sure to use complete sentences, correct grammar, and citations.

Due Friday, November 6th at midnight.

Reflection 1 – Presentation of Digital Projects

Question: What difference does the interface make? How does the medium of interaction affect the possibilities for research? for thinking?

Write a 500-1000 word blog post reflecting on the role of “interfaces” in digital humanities projects. Use course readings and your technical work to propose an answer to the difference made by the interface of a digital project. Be sure to use complete sentences, correct grammar, and citations.

Review a Digital Humanities Project

Prepare a 10 minute presentation on a digital humanities project in Religious Studies. Your presentation should:

  • Guide the class through of the major features of the project
  • Provide a description and assessment of the project goals, design, data sources, and analytical methods
  • Offer an evaluation of the overall project using at least one of the course readings so far.

You should use a combination of slides and live interactions with the project site.

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