Schedule

August 23

Welcome to REL 315 – Religion and the Digital Humanities.

Homework (due Friday)

  • Complete the Computer Skills Inventory (on Blackboard)
  • Complete the Computer Maintenance checklist (on Blackboard)
  • Create an account on the course WordPress site and create a post introducing yourself (details on Blackboard)

 

August 24

Last Day to Add / Drop Course

 

August 30

Skills Week: Working with Data

Read before class:

  • Chapter 2, part a. Drucker, Johanna. The Digital Humanities Coursebook: An Introduction to Digital Methods for Research and Scholarship. London: Routledge, 2021. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003106531.
  • Introduction. Lupi, Giorgia, and Stefanie Posavec. Observe, Collect, Draw!: A Visual Journal. Illustrated edition. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2018.

Homework (due Friday)

  • Complete Lab 1 and post on WordPress.

 

September 6

Religion and DH: The Big Tent of DH

Read before class:

Homework (due Friday)

  • Complete Lab 2 and post on WordPress

 

September 13

Religion and DH: Does it even work?

Read before class:

Homework (due Friday)

  • Complete Lab 3 and post on WordPress

 

September 20

Critical DH: What is Data Anyway?

Bring your reading journals to class for a quick check.

Read before class:

Homework (due Friday)

  • Complete and submit your Data Diaries assignment

 

September 27

Skills Week: Dissecting Digital Projects

Read before class:

Homework (due Friday)

  • Complete Lab 4 and post on WordPress

 

October 4

DH Methods: Encoding

Read before class:

  • Chapter 4. Drucker, Johanna. The Digital Humanities Coursebook: An Introduction to Digital Methods for Research and Scholarship. London: Routledge, 2021. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003106531.
  • Duarte, Marisa Elena, and Miranda Belarde-Lewis. “Imagining: Creating Spaces for Indigenous Ontologies.” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 53, no. 5–6 (July 4, 2015): 677–702. https://doi.org/10.1080/01639374.2015.1018396.

Homework (due Friday)

  • Complete Lab 5 and post on WordPress

 

October 11

DH Methods: Visualization

Read before class:

Homework (due Friday)

  • Complete Lab 6 and post on WordPress

 

October 18

Critical DH: Data Privacy, Sovereignty, and Open Access

Read before class:

Homework (due Friday)

  • Complete and submit your Data and Datasheet Project

 

October 25

Skills: Using a Content Management System

Bring your reading journals to class for a quick check.

Read before class:

Homework (due Friday)

  • Complete Lab 7 and post on WordPress

 

October 26

Last Day to Drop the Course with a grade of “W”

 

November 1

DH Methods: Mining

Read before class:

Homework (due Friday)

  • Complete Lab 8 and post on WordPress

 

November 8

DH Methods: Modeling and Machine Learning/AI

Reading before class:

Homework (due Friday)

  • Complete Lab 9 and post on WordPress

 

November 15

Critical DH: Big Data and the Rise of Data Science

Watch before class:

  • Coded Bias (Available on Netflix. Screening to be scheduled.)

Read before class:

  • boyd, danah, and Kate Crawford. “Critical Questions for Big Data.” Information, Communication & Society 15, no. 5 (June 1, 2012): 662–79. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2012.678878.
  • Bender, Emily M., Timnit Gebru, Angelina McMillan-Major, and Shmargaret Shmitchell. “On the Dangers of Stochastic Parrots: Can Language Models Be Too Big?” In Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency, 610–23. FAccT ’21. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1145/3442188.3445922.

 

Homework

  • Complete Lab 10 and post on WordPress

 

November 22

Thanksgiving Break

 

November 29

REL and the Digital Humanities

Bring your reading journals to class for a final check.

Read before class:

  • Risam, Roopika. “Decolonizing the Digital Humanities in Theory and Practice.” In The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities. Routledge, 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.13013/421
  • Smith, Jonathan Z. “Religion, Religions, Religious” (PDF on Blackboard)

Homework

  • Work on Final Projects (Due Dec. 8)

 

December 2

Last Day to Withdraw from the Course

 

December 8

Scheduled Final Exam Period

Final Projects due at the end of the day