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Digital Humanities

The Kaplan Institute continues to develop the area of Digital Humanities at Northwestern! In 2018-2019, we are:

What are Digital Humanities?

“Digital Humanities” combines inquiry with digital tools—such as data mining, visualization, mapping, and video and audio recording—to conduct and communicate humanities research. It allows scholars to go beyond textual sources to integrate multimedia, user interfaces, and content analysis into humanistic study.


Digital Humanities Drop-In Hours

Are you considering a digital humanities project? Not quite sure how to begin? Or perhaps you’ve started a project on your own, and you’re at a good place to talk through it with someone knowledgeable? Join us for drop-in hours on April 8 and June 3. Click here for the Digital Humanities Drop-in Hours page.


Summer Faculty Workshop (2018)

August 27-September 7, 2018
In collaboration with Northwestern University Libraries and the Media and Design Studio of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, the Kaplan Institute hosted its fifth Digital Humanities Summer Workshop in 2018. The workshop teaches faculty how to implement digital humanities tools into undergraduate courses and research.


Five faculty were selected for the 2018 workshop; visit our DH Summer Workshop page to see the faculty and their projects:


Digital Humanities Courses

We have introduced several digital humanities courses that incorporate technology for broader examination of interdisciplinary humanities topics. Digital mapping, video and audio recording, multimedia podcasting, online publishing and digital analysis are some of the skills that students acquire as they explore these in-depth and intensive seminars. Click to the Digital Humanities Courses page for details.

(Instructional support for some digital humanities courses is provided by the Weinberg Media and Design Studio and Northwestern University Libraries: Information and Learning Services and Center for Scholarly Communication and Digital Curation.)


Digital Humanities Pedagogy Graduate Student Workshop
This workshop is a year-long collaborative learning experience dedicated to theoretical discussions, hands-on tool learning, guest faculty speakers, and course conceptualization. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have completed the design of a course syllabus.

Digital Humanities Research Grant
The Graduate School's Digital Humanities Research Grant is intended to enable PhD students in the humanities to access specialized humanities-based training in digital modes, methods, and tools. Awards up to $2,500 are granted for training in digital technologies (e.g., text encoding and analysis, data visualization, programming and coding languages, games and gaming, multimodal narrative and platforms, etc.) and to attend conferences/workshops with a strong digital humanities component that directly support dissertation research.

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