Digital Humanities Incubators 2018-01-16T13:33:15+00:00

Digital Humanities Incubators

AADHum’s Digital Humanities Incubators (DHI) offer participants hands-on experience in envisioning and engaging new digital projects—whether they participate in individual modules or the entire sequence. Through interactive workshops, small tutorials, and individual consultations, we build on the successful DHI model developed by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) for fostering interdisciplinary work involving digital methods. No previous digital training is required for these hands-on workshops!

Our 2017-2018 sequence, Black Movement(s), will engage with the histories and resources of our local DC-Maryland-Virginia area and equip participants with a skillset to better interrogate notions of race, justice, and activism.

While all AADHum events are open to all attendees and visitors, we hope to prepare materials, exercises, and resources to meet the needs of our community. To help us better support you, we invite you to register for our Fall 2017-2018 series.


To access all incubator materials, including slides and background readings, please visit the course website.


Movement of Ideas

October 9 – November 17, 2017

Mondays, 2-3:30pm

0301 Hornbake Library, MITH Conference Room

How do communities construct ideas of African American experience in the ways they record moments of celebration, conflict, and everyday life? How can we trace these ideas through text and time?

Using digital archives of local black newspapers and the campus newspaper, The Diamondbackwe explore how texts contribute to the communal memory of black experience. We will learn to create and publish digital primary texts with annotation and commentary using the Text Encoding Initiative standard and build skills in computational text analysis using the Python programming language.

Movement of the Body & the Black Arts Movement

January 29 – February 12

0301 Hornbake Library, MITH Conference Room

How does the production of black art and performance illuminate features of everyday black life for artists, audiences, and scholars who produce, consume, and study it? How can we incorporate historical cultural research into contemporary creative processes?

We study the Black Arts Movement using materials from the David C. Driskell Center archives, integrating performance with multimedia. We learn video/sound design and editing (using Adobe Creative Suite tools like Premiere, Audition, and After Effects) and 3D printing.

Movement of People

February 19 – March 16

Mondays, 2-3:30pm

0301 Hornbake Library, MITH Conference Room

How do African American migration patterns in Prince George’s County speak to people’s experience of places—of refuge, confinement, and surveillance?

We will build databases that combine local government data about topics like income, housing, and transit to put spatial analysis tools (QGIS and PostGIS) into conversation with people’s lived experience.

Social Movements

March 24 – May 4

Mondays, 2-3:30pm

0301 Hornbake Library, MITH Conference Room

How do African American communication practices and use of communication technologies facilitate and complicate the relationships between national social movements and localized action?

Using The George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive, we learn to build network models (Cytoscape, Google Fusion Tables) to trace the historical relationship between the labor and civil rights movements. Using the Twitter API, we learn how to develop and build a corpus of Twitter and web archive data for research (DocNow and WebRecorder) about contemporary black social movements.

Materials from previous incubator sessions have been archived. To explore our inaugural Spring 2017 sequence, Race, Space, and Place, please click here.