Lab 2 – HTML

There are many interfaces for presenting and accessing digital scholarship, but almost all of them, at some point or another, come back to the internet and the world wide web.

Today we’re going to explore some of the basic building blocks of the internet. The goal for this assignment is to think about how the pages that you are creating with WordPress work, so that you are better able to control your WordPress site and to evaluate the DH projects you interact with.

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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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Welcome to Fall 2020

Welcome to Digital Humanities in Religious Studies, Fall 2020 edition! I for one am excited for the semester and I hope you are too.

I hope you have been following the Religious Studies blog over the summer for news on how we are approaching the fall semester. If not, go ahead and read our department plan for running a safe semester.

A few things to let you know before we begin on Thursday.

First, given the uncertainty surrounding the semester and the fact that at some point you may need to isolate, this course is being run as “remote first.” This means that regardless of what happens, our primary platform for interaction will be digital in the form of Zoom calls and a course Slack channel. Think of it as prep for working from home for your future jobs.

Second, I have been following the news and am making the call that we will begin the course with no “in person” option. This means that on Thursday, August 20th, I will see you in our Zoom meeting room and we will talk through the nuts and bolts of how this is going to work. You will receive the meeting room link via email and Slack.

And finally, the syllabus is live here on the course website so you can look around to see what I am planning for us this semester. The course is be structured with Tuesday discussions and Thursday “labs” to give us a mix of theory and hands-on technical work every week.

Please email me at any time – – if you have any questions, concerns, or particular challenges with regards to the fall semester.

I am looking forward to meeting you, virtually for now and in person in the very near future.

– Jeri

Welcome to REL 315

Welcome to an experiment. This is a brand new class and we’re going to try some brand new things. On this site you’ll find the course syllabus and schedule on the menu at the top. All of the readings are linked from the Schedule.

This blog will be a place for me to post items of interest to our class that we might discuss in class or that might be useful as we work on various assignments and projects. So keep your eyes on it, or use the link on the sidebar to subscribe to the blog and get emails whenever something is posted.

Roll Tide!