Note: This course has been canceled and will not be offered at HILT 2018.
Connecting publics to the digital humanities requires skill, persistence, and intentionality at all phases of a project. This course is designed to provide an introduction to public-centered strategies, practices, and questions for development of public projects. Explored through the lens of museum studies and public history, this course will work with participants to identify audiences, develop inclusive practices, and craft community-based interpretations to consider how these strategies can be used to shape and implement digital humanities exhibits and programs. As a class we will explore questions such as: What does shared authority look like when doing digital humanities? How do you know who your audience is and what they may want? How is a digital exhibition or representation similar and different from an in-person exhibition or representation? How does a project know if it is successful? How do you respond to challenges in working with the public? The class will touch on strategies for exhibit development and critique and hands-on planning utilizing case studies of both digital and physical experiences. This course is designed for those at all levels of digital humanities: from novices, to skilled practitioners, to those who work in museums and cultural institutions that sponsor digital projects. Students are encouraged to bring project ideas and conundrums to the course.
Connecting Digital Humanities to Public Audiences is sponsored by the National Council on Public History.