Digital Pedagogy Series

“Using Computer-Based Tools to Analyze Academic Writing with Students”

Laura Aull, Wake Forest University

Friday, October 18, 2013; 2pm

Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, #1022

This talk will introduce freeware tools, activities, and sample projects that showcase features of undergraduate academic writing and invite students to analyze their own writing vis-a-vis patterns in a range of writing from informal texts to advanced academic essays.

We invite graduate student instructors, faculty, and others in the community to this and the other workshops in the Digital Pedagogies series. Space around the table is limited, however, so reserve your spot in advance!

“Digital Pedagogy in Practice”

Lisa Spiro

Friday, November 1, 2013; 2pm

Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, #1022

Lisa Spiro, independent researcher and consultant, will talk about how and why to integrate digital approaches into teaching. Instructors will get a chance to work with a variety of tools for data visualization, mapping, and other digital strategies.

Digital Currents: Analytics, Architectures, & Archives Mini-Conference

Tuesday, November 19, 2013; 12-3pm

Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, #2022

What implications do media infrastructures have on the way way we work, interact, and live? The Digital Currents project welcomes scholars with a diversity of disciplinary perspectives to discuss the complications of our digital present at this mini-conference at the Institute for the Humanities.

Panelists: Mary Gray, Microsoft Research & Indiana University, “Crowdsourcing Piecework: The Geopolitics of Digital Labor”; Lisa Nakamura, University of Michigan, “Evil Media: The Market for Primitive Africa in Internet Vigilante Trophy Websites”; Molly Wright Steenson, University of Wisconsin, “Data Places”

“Exploring, Remixing, Analyzing: Teaching History with Digital Media”

T. Mills Kelly, George Mason University

Friday, December 6, 2013; 2pm

Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, #1022

T. Mills Kelly is a specialist in the scholarship of teaching and learning in history. His most recent book, Teaching History in the Digital Age, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2013. He is also the author of more than a dozen articles on the intersection of historical pedagogy and digital humanities. In this workshop, he will present digital tools and techniques applicable to the teaching of history. Interested instructors and faculty will have a chance to try out some of these approaches.

View all events at www.lsa.umich.edu/humanities/events

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The History of Love:

The Trials & Tribulations of English Romance, 1660–1837

The creator of the eighteenth-century “web of knowledge” turns 300.


Digitize this!


Monumental editing

A brief, poignant piece from the Chronicle of Higher Education links two of our course themes, religion in the eighteenth century and editing–but probably not in the way that you would think:  http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2013/10/01/editing-before-our-eyes/


Literati Links

Just a few short ones to report, which I’ll list in order from most general and popular to most specific and academic:

With the birthday of The Boss this past week, you have to appreciate this title: Literature, What is it Good For? (Yes, I know, it’s not a Springsteen original.)  I love that Evan Gottlieb, a professor of eighteenth-century studies, has taken up the banner for studying English in a series of Huffington Post articles.  Perhaps it’s not surprising that someone who studies the Eighteenth Century would commit himself to this cause; these were debates–what to read, who should read and why–that fueled much of the discourse of the period as well.

Some of those debates took place in the periodical literature of the time.  Thus I’m happy to see that one of my favorite 18C bloggers on Georgian London is writing for a well-known British book charity (why don’t we have one of those?) about the highs and lows of the burgeoning journalism culture of the period.   By the way, I just ordered her book!

Of course, our own publication venues have changed radically over the last couple decades.  As we prepare ourselves for the Wayne State Symposium of Scholarly Editing and Archival Research tomorrow, it’s a great time to be thinking of how best to edit 18c texts. This blog post describing a student project usefully outlines some of the issues that must be considered when publishing a digital edition.

Local 18C Grad Conference

I received this today by email.  If 7021 students are interested in the theme, they might double-dip by writing their final paper on this topic. One might think about how print publication “scales up” from other forms of dissemination, for example.  Note that proposals are due in approximately five weeks.


Below please find the CFP for a graduate-student conference at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor to be held March 21-22, 2014.
“The Economy of Scales” will be hosted by the Eighteenth-Century Studies Group and the Nineteenth-Century Forum and explores the concept of scale in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Registration is free, and the deadline for submissions is November 1, 2013. For more information, please visit the conference website at
Many thanks,
Adam Sneed & Aran Ruth
Coordinators, Eighteenth-Century Studies Group
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Call For Papers: The Economy of Scales
March 21-22, 2014
3222 Angell Hall
Plenary lectures by Noah Heringman (English, University of Missouri) and Craig Benjamin
(History, Grand Valley State University).
Eighteenth-Century Studies Group & Nineteenth-Century Forum
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
The eighteenth and nineteenth century witnessed the rise of many new modes of inquiry and practice. Often, these new fields required the development, implementation, and standardization of new scales to accompany these practices. This is most evident in the natural sciences: for example, Dalton’s atomic mass unit revolutionized the field of chemistry, Hutton’s idea of deep time that of geology, Planck units physics, Ampere’s amp and Volta’s volt electromagnetics, and so on. But it also can be said for aesthetic and cultural practices: consider the different “scales” organizing ideas of the picturesque and the sublime. At one moment in George Eliot’s Middlemarch, the scientifically-minded narrator pauses to reflect on the critical relation between one’s scale of inquiry and one’s interpretive practice:

Even with a microscope directed on a water-drop we find ourselves making interpretations which turn out to be rather coarse; for whereas under a weak lens you may seem to see a creature exhibiting an active voracity into which other smaller creatures actively play as if they were so many animated tax-pennies, a stronger lens reveals to you certain tiniest hairlets which make vortices for these victims while the swallower waits passively at his receipt of custom.

Following Eliot’s lead, this interdisciplinary conference will explore the “economy” of scales in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, that is, the manner in which different scales — temporal and/or spatial, whole or part, macroscopic or microscopic, human or non-human, and local, national, or international — influence cultural, historical, literary and scientific practices in these periods. How do different scales influence our current understanding of these practices? What were the various scales, metrics, or ranges employed by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century figures? How did these scales organize these figures’ understanding of their world? How did these scales direct cultural or scientific inquiry towards certain objects or areas of interest over others? What influence did they have on interpretive practices? How does scale factor in the way we approach eighteenth-and nineteenth century texts, artifacts, and practices now?
The Eighteenth-Century Studies Group (ECSG) & Nineteenth-Century Forum (NCF) are graduate interdisciplinary groups at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. We welcome contributors from all disciplines, such as History, Art History, Literature, and Comparative Literature on a wide range of topics. This is a two-day graduate student conference; submissions of either individual papers of full panels are welcome.
Themes could include, but are not limited to:
● Spatial and temporal scale
● Micro-histories and “big history”
● Time and nostalgia
● Scale and academic periodization
● Close and Distant Reading
● Scale and the archive
● Scale in scientific thought and practice
● Scale and material culture
● Local and Global
● Cartographical approaches
● Representations of Landscape and Nature
● Scale and Politics
● Micro and Macro Economics
● Scale and Theological Thought
● Scale and Print Culture(s)
● Scale and aesthetics
● Scales of Governance
● Scale and genre
Please send an abstract or proposal of 300-500 words to aranruth@umich.edu
or adsneed@umich.edu by November 1, 2013. Informal inquiries are also welcome.
3222 Angell Hall
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
435 State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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