Digital Humanities Theory and Practice, Spring and Fall 2016

This course introduces the historical emergence of the digital humanities, theoretical perspectives on the field, and the ways that particular technologies are being used to preserve, deploy, visualize, map, and analyze concepts in disciplines like anthropology, classics, communications, history, languages and literature, library and information and museum studies philosophy, religious studies, and the visual and performing arts. The course will balance theory and practice by hosting a series of practicing digital public scholars who will introduce students to their projects, the rationale for technologies as well as nuts and bolts workshops in the technologies, and challenges and benefits of engaging in collaborative and public digital scholarship. Faculty instructors will be selected on a rotating basis, generally from the Public Humanities in a Digital World faculty affiliates.  

The introductory course is affiliated with the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies because the course shares the Center’s mission of supporting innovative, interdisciplinary scholarly collaboration. Other courses that meet requirements for the certificate program are offered across a range of departments so that students can experiment with digital humanities concepts and practices in a genuinely interdisciplinary fashion.

Co-director , University of Iowa , Library & Information Science
James Elmborg came to the University of Iowa in 2000 from South Carolina, where he was an Andrew Mellon Librarian for Information Technology at Wofford College and Furman University.  Before that, he was Head of Library User Education at Washington State University, Pullman.  He holds an MA and Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas.  His dissertation is on American Poetry from the 1960s. Title: "Collecting the Sixties: The Little Magazine Database"