Digital Humanities Incubators2018-03-28T12:41:11+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

Monday, January 29, 3pm-5pm

Friday, February 2, 12pm-2pm

Monday, February 5, 3pm-5pm

Monday, February 12, 3pm-5pm

All sessions meet in 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

Monday, February 19, 2pm-3:30pm

Monday, February 26, 2pm-3:30pm

Monday, March 5, 2pm-3:30pm

Monday, March 12, 2pm-3:30pm

All sessions take place in: 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

Monday, April 2, 2pm-3:30pm

Introduction to Module 4: Acquiring Tools and Data

Monday, April 9, 2pm-3:30pm

Social Media Analysis & Network Analysis Part 1: Making & Analyzing a Twitter Corpus

Monday, April 16, 2pm-3:30pm

Social Media Analysis & Network Analysis Part 2: Visualizing Networks with Gephi

Monday, April 23, 2pm-3:30pm 

NVivo Part 1: Text Processing & Image Tools

Monday, April 30, 2pm-3:30pm

NVivo Part 2: Narrating Your Story Using Outputs

All sessions take place in: 0301 Hornbake Library, MITH Conference Room

#BlackLivesMatter. #SayHerName. #BringBackOurGirls. #ICANTBREATHE. Internet activism must be taken seriously. The use of electronic communication technologies is reshaping how scholars study social movements.

Social Movements, the fourth module of AADHum’s 2017-2018 Digital Incubator Series, explores African American practices online by examining the use of communication technologies to facilitate and complicate relationships between localized action and national social movements.  

Using NVivo, we learn how to develop and build a corpus of Twitter and multimedia web archive data for research on contemporary black social movements. Supplemented by Gephi software, we build network models to trace the historical relationship between the labor and civil rights movements using The George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive.

Materials from previous incubator sessions have been archived.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