Digital Humanities Lab News

March 29, 2016

DH Office Hours Talk

March 29 at 2:00pm in the DHLab (SML 316)

Danielle Reay, Arts Librarian for Digital and Access Services at Haas Arts Library, will recap the recent symposium “Apps, Maps & Models: Digital Pedagogy and Research in Art History, Archaeology & Visual Studies,” which was held at Duke University in February. Her presentation will profile digital projects currently underway in a variety of art historical, visual, and archaeological contexts. In addition to highlighting specific projects (including geospatial mapping with German architectural periodicals and virtual reconstructions that place art in situ), Danielle will also discuss the larger implications for the accessibility and sustainability of these projects.

All are welcome! Coffee and tea will be provided.

Post on March 14, 2016 - 4:40pm |

March 29, 2016

"The Sounds of Digital Joy: Black Women's Sonic Space Making Online"

Workshop with Moya Bailey and Jalylah Burrell

Date: Tuesday, March 29th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Room: 203 Luce Hall (34 Hillhouse Ave)

Space is limited, so please go to the YUL Instruction Calendar to register.

Antipathy toward black women is woven into the fabric of American entertainment. Black women cultural producers and consumers continue to negotiate this landscape online and IRL. This workshop invites participants to look at digital music and podcasts created by black women as sites of transformative resistance and as a praxis of alternative world building. We will feature clips from the podcasts The Prescription, There Ought To Be More Dancing, and Love in Public as examples of what digital spaces can create. We will provide participants with the tools and time to create a podcast during the workshop. Drawing on the work of Grace Lee Boggs and the Allied Media Project, we will also discuss theoretical texts that discuss the importance of creation as a form of critical analysis that challenges hegemony in our sensory spaces.

This workshop is Part Two of the "Digital Non-Neutrality Series: Decolonizing and Queering DH Tools and Practices," co-organized by T.L. Cowan (MacMillan, DHLab & WGSS) and Marijeta Bozovic (Slavic Languages and Literatures) and sponsored by the Yale DHLab, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Mellon-funded Re-imagining Digital Humanities at Yale program with Laura Wexler and Inderpal Grewal, and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, and the Canadian Studies Committee.


Moya Bailey is a Dean's postdoctoral scholar of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Digital Humanities at Northeastern University. Her work focuses on marginalized groups’ use of digital media to promote social justice as acts of self-affirmation and health promotion. She is interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She currently curates the #transformDH Tumblr initiative in Digital Humanities. She is also the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network.

Jalylah Burrell is an educator, veteran arts journalist, oral historian, deejay, audio editor, digital content producer/director and PhD candidate in the departments of American and African American Studies at Yale University. A scholar of Black popular culture, the Seattle native is currently at work on the manuscript, Capacity for Laughter: Toward a Black Feminist Theory of Humor. Selected writing, photography and music is available on her website.

Post on February 17, 2016 - 10:04am |

March 28, 2016

Richard Jean So, Yale Digital Humanities Lab

The English Department's Theory and Media Studies Colloquium and the Digital Humanities Lab are excited to announce Richard Jean So's upcoming talk, "Dark Data: Modeling Racial Discourse and Inequality in the US Novel." The talk will take place in LC 319 at 5:30pm on March 28th. All are welcome to attend!

Richard Jean So is an assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago. He works on critical and computational approaches to modern American culture. His most recent essay, "Literary Pattern Recognition" (co-authored with Hoyt Long), appears in Critical Inquiry, and his book, Transpacific Community, is forthcoming at Columbia University Press.

Post on January 20, 2016 - 11:32am |

March 15, 2016

The University of Rhode Island's student chapter of the American Library Association visited the DHLab on March 15 for a conversation on emerging opportunities for library professionals who work in and alongside DH. After a tour of the space, the visiting scholars sat down with Allen Townsend (the Associate University Librarian for Arts and Humanities), Peter Leonard (the DHLab's Director), and Catherine DeRose (the DHLab's Outreach Manager) to discuss a range of DH projects, methodologies, and training opportunities.

Post on March 18, 2016 - 1:07pm |

March 11, 2016

"Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript Roll"

Sterling Memorial Library, March 11 & 12

The Digital Humanities Lab co-sponsored a paleography and text encoding workshop that was led by English PhD candidates Anya Adair and Joseph Stadolnik. Catherine DeRose, the Outreach Manager for the DHLab, gave a guest lecture on digital tools and methods for studying literature. Graduate students from across the country participated in the workshop. Together, they learned to catalog, transcribe, comment on, and mark up (according to TEI standards) two medieval manuscript rolls from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library's collection.

Find live tweets from the event with #DEMMR


For a few photos from the event:


Post on April 29, 2016 - 4:16pm |

March 7, 2016

The Digital Humanities Lab sponsored two events with Scott Weingart, the Digital Humanities Specialist at Carnegie Mellon University.

Workshop, 3/7: "Concepts and Practice of Network Analysis for Humanities Applications"

Bass Library L06, 1:00-5:00pm

Networks are simple formal representations for how the world intermingles with itself. The humanities can make good use of this formalization to study anything from social interactions, to similarities between literary genres, to the trade routes between ancient cities. This workshop will cover the conceptual foundations of network analysis, and the steps to prepare data for, analyze, and visualize humanities networks. Participants will learn on Microsoft Excel, OpenRefine, NodeXL, and Gephi using computers provided by the lab. No background in programming or mathematics is needed.

Photos from the workshop:




    Talk, 3/8: "Distributed Scholarship in Early Modern Europe"

Bass Library L01, 2:00-3:30pm

Historians argue that correspondence networks played a vital role in laying the foundation of early modern scholarship, but only recently have the data and technology been available to critically engage those claims on a large scale. I will discuss how network structure scaffolded the history of science via the analysis of hundreds of thousands of exchanges in the Republic of Letters, and how scholars constructed social webs to strengthen their research. Over three centuries, the web they wove took on its own life, continuing to function without requiring the guiding hand of central figures. This is one story of the institutionalization of early modern scholarship, as told through network analysis.

Photos from the talk:



Scott B. Weingart is a historian of science and Carnegie Mellon University's Digital Humanities Specialist. He is a a Fortier Prize Winner in Digital Humanities, an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and an Executive Council Member of the Association for Computers and the Humanities. Weingart's instructional material appears in the scottbot irregular and The Historian's Macroscope (Imperial College Press, 2015), and his research has been published in journals spanning history, philosophy, folklore, archaeology, library science, and informatics.

Post on January 22, 2016 - 1:21pm |