That Doesn’t Count 1

Today, on the final day of Rebuilding the Portfolio: Digital Humanities for Art Historians, we are discussing scholarly communication. I think it’s the most important topic we’ve covered. One of our guest instructors is Joan Fragaszy Troyano, who opened the day with a discussion of communication in art history. When Joan asked our participants to […]


What Can Digital Humanities Do?

In his chapter for Debates in the Digital Humanities, Matthew K. Gold asks the following questions Can DH provide meaningful opportunities to scholars seeking alternatives to tenure-track faculty employment? Can it save the humanities? The university? That got me wondering: what are people saying that DH can do? The answers are sometimes surprising and always […]

Making Risky Moves

On the second night of DHSI 2014, as I sat with a colleague discussing my intended dissertation topic, I said something outrageous: “I want to produce a dissertation that cannot be printed out to produce a coherent and linear document.” For some time, I’ve entertained the idea that my final project, though hosted on the […]

On Being an Activist and a Churchgoer

Trigger Warning: This article contains mention of violence and abuse In this post, I will be diverging from my usual separation of personal and professional life. My recent experiences in those two circles have overlapped, and I’d like to address the consequences here. Some of my friends at church might be startled by the following […]

Let the Music Play

This article has been submitted to American History Now, and should appear on their site soon. My first experience with vinyl records was entirely mediated. I didn’t touch or even see the record. I chose it with a keypad, punching in the two numbers that would direct the jukebox to the correct 45rpm disc. Unlike […]

Cheney Westminster Phonograph, 1923


The Closest Reading?

Just before the holidays, I agreed to a short-term contract for a set number of hours to complete a specific task. Then the term ended and holiday travels began. My car broke down, winter storms arrived, and the contract was pushed to the back burner. But then I found out that the deadline was fast […]

Reading Series: Part 5, History in the Digital Age

The year is 1959, and as a graduate student in history, I’m currently studying the approaches that are emerging from the Annales School in France. My doctoral supervisor is familiar with the topic and uses similar approaches in her own work. As we discuss the themes and recent publications, she asks me to write regular […]



Reading Series: Part 4, Historical Mapping

Think about your hometown, that peculiar and unique arrangement of open spaces, thoroughfares, domiciles, and workplaces. In an older town, streets might twist and contort in defiance of regular angles, remnants of an age in which transportation was defined by hooves and wooden spokes. I grew up in a Victorian oil boom town with streets […]

Reading Series: Part 3, Changing Narratives/Values in History

Upon completing my latest readings about the changing theories of history, I began to imagine how I could create a visualization in the place of my usual response article. I was inspired by David Staley’s argument that historians should open their scholarship to the possibilities afforded by visual representation. Staley suggests that visualizations offer new […]

Tiber Island in Virtual Forms


Reading Series: Part 2, Theorizing History Software

Imagine that you are standing on the edge of a field; to your left and right, the treeline extends beyond your sight. You have come to the field because you know that it contains information or a story or an experience that you desire, but no signpost directs you.