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DSMS 700. Seminar in Digital Scholarship and Media Studies
Fall semester 2010
Prof. Allen Tullos and Dr. Carole Meyers
Allen's office: Callaway S407
Woodruff Library 214
This seminar offers an interdisciplinary introduction to digital technologies and their increasing presence in research and publication in the humanities and social sciences. The course will survey the digital humanities, internet history, network society, the production of knowledge in cyberspace, scholarly use of new media, intellectual property, and digital archives. Students will also develop digital skills appropriate to their areas of interest. No technical expertise is needed to take the seminar.
DSMS 700 is the core seminar for the new graduate
Certificate in Digital Scholarship and Media Studies
Contact Prof. Tullos for information about the certificate program:
In addition to presentations by Emory faculty and staff, as well as web-based readings, the seminar has the following required texts, available at Emory's Barnes and Noble bookstore:
, Communication Power
Katie Hafner, Where Wizards Stay Up Late
S. Craig Watkins, The Young and the Digital
, Weaving the Web
The required texts listed below are available electronically for free.
Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, and Harry Lewis.
Blown to Bits
: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion
The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It
Weekly assignments: write a page (no more than two) about the assigned readings to aid in class discussion. Post your writing to the
prior to the start of each seminar meeting. In addition, each week one student will present a website or digital project of scholarly interest (approx. fifteen minutes).
Semester digital project. To be discussed with the instructors.
September 2. Introduction to seminar
Guest: Wayne Morse, director, Emory's Center for Interactive Teaching --
of upcoming ECIT tech instruction sessions.
September 9. Origins of the Internet and Web
's tribute to
Sen. Ted Stevens
"Series of Tubes"
Read: Hafner, Where Wizards Stay Up Late
Read: Berners-Lee, Weaving the Web
Discussion on potential digital projects by seminar participants
Website Presentation: Andy Ditzler
In the news:
Google Unveils Tool to Speed Up Searches
September 16. Digital humanities
Read: Susan Hockey,
"The History of Humanities Computing"
"The Landscape of Digital Humanities"
Christine L. Borgman,
"The Digital Future is Now: A Call to Action for the Humanities"
Guests: Miriam Posner and Stewart Varner, Emory Libraries DiSC Project
Miriam here: Stewart and I visited some exemplary digital humanities centers, which we'll tell you about. Check out their websites: University of Nebraska's
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
, the University of Virginia's
, and George Mason's
Center for History and New Media
. If you'd like, you can get a preview of our discussion by reading the reports Stewart and I prepared about our visits (PDF warning!):
University of Nebraska
Thanks for having us! A few follow-up links:
DiSC's information page
Bethany Nowviskie's graceful degradation survey
our Prezi presentation
, which contains many more links. Be sure to drop us a line if you have any questions or just want to talk.
Presenters: Scott Libson, Mael Vizcarra
September 23. Ownership of digital objects, copyright. Intro to open access.
Read Lessig, Remix.
View TedTalk by Margaret Gould Stewart,
"How YouTube thinks about copyright."
Guest: Lisa Macklin, Director, Emory Intellectual Property Rights Office. Lisa suggests we read
Battle of the Opens; a post by Dorothea Salo
in the blog “The Book of Trogool” on March 15, 2010
Presenter: Hemangini Gupta
September 30. Regulation of cyberspace. Web 2.0
Read Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, and Harry Lewis
Blown to Bits
Chapter 6 and browse in Lessig's
Read Tim O'Reilly,
"What is Web 2.0"
Guest: Michael Page, GIS specialist, Emory Libraries
Electronic Data Center
Geographic (or Geospatial) Information Systems (GIS)
Examples of Michael's work:
Dayvault Quarry fossil location map
; maps that reconstruct the Ten Broeck Race Course in
Unearthing the Weeping TIme
of Katrina's damage
Residents of one of Africa's largest slums put their homes
on the map
Website Presentation: Steven Swarbrick
October 7. Development on the Internet -- Closed v Open Systems
, The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It
, Director of Emory Libraries
"A New Value Equation Challenge: The Emergence of eResearch and Roles for Research Libraries"
from No Brief Candle:Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century (
, Aug 2008)
Recommended: Marlo Welshons, ed. 2006.
Our Cultural Commonwealth
: The Report of the American Council of Learned Societies Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences. New York, N.Y.: American Council of Learned Societies.
Presenter: Louis Fagnan
October 14. Social Network fieldtrip.
Midtown Art Cinema
by 1:15 for viewing of
The Social Network
Readings (to be discussed on Oct 21).
(No writing assignment for today)
October 21. Discuss social networking and
The Social Network
Write your commentary on some combination of the movie and the reading assignments.
Jose Antonio Vargas,
"The Face of Facebook"
"Capturing the Facebook Obsession"
"Influencing People: David Fincher and 'The Social Network.'
Mom's on Facebook
"Marketers Trade Tales About Getting to Know Facebook and Twitter."
Read danah boyd's
"Facebook Politicians Are Not Your Friends."
"Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted."
"Sorkin vs. Zuckerberg."
Read current issue of Educause Review on
Attention, Engagement, & the Next Generation
Guest: Erika Farr, director, Emory Libraries born-digital initiatives.
Links from Erika:
Digital Humanities Summer Institute
Presenters: Colin Reynolds, Alan Pike
October 28. Communication Power, 1
Read Castells to p. 193
Presenters: Jesse Karlsberg, Mark Smith
November 4. Communication Power, 2
Read remaining Castells.
Website Presentation: Michael V. Nguyen
Guest: Paul Petersen, Director of IT Infrastructure
November 11. Future of Academic Publishing
Read Kathleen Fitzpatrick,
Directory of Open Access Journals
Open Access discussion at Emory
Guest: Michael Elliott, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty, Emory College
Presenters: Nicole Janes, Joey Orr
November 18. Social networks, video games
Read: S. Craig Watkins, The Young and the Digital.
Guest: Steve Bransford, Education Analyst for Video, Emory University
December 2 Class presentations
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