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  • Sarah Patterson

    Assistant Professor University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • Jim Casey

    Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Center for Digital Humanities Princeton University


Forming reciprocal partnerships between academia and publics realizes a primary goal of calls for social justice in Digital Humanities practices and projects. In this discussion-centric course, we will explore the possibilities for developing collaborative and public-facing digital projects invested in social justice. As a path to cultural criticism, we ask: how might we adapt digital practices in the humanities to bring students and public communities into our scholarship on Black American experiences and other underrepresented identities and texts in DH? What are some of the challenges of working through the politics of marginalization and with scattered archives, and how might we design multi-faceted projects that engage those topics in meaningful ways?

This course will cover the intersections of project management, digital pedagogy and data visualization. We will hone strategies for weaving together inclusive community partnerships with undergraduate research through crowdsourcing, exhibits, and digital collections. Taking a hands-on approach, we will become acquainted with the processes of data. How do datasets make arguments? How can we collaborate with librarians and information professionals to unpack the resonances of power, authority, and violence in humanities data?

Using the Colored Conventions Project and other small- to medium-sized DH projects as examples, students will have the opportunity to create and workshop blueprints for their own projects. By the end of the week, participants will have a working understanding of an array of approaches to project design and implementation, including data viz., metadata, curriculum, and more.

Open to all levels of interest, course topics will include:

  • Growing diverse project teams, writing policies and fundraising
  • Developing curricula for coalitions of teaching and learning
  • Designing with open-source & accessible tools
  • Visualizing and analyzing marginalized histories through texts, tabulations, maps, and networks

Pre-HILT Requirements:

Course readings made available through a shared Google folder in the weeks before HILT begins.


College of Liberal Arts Building, Room 1.302E