On Tuesday 12/5, we’ll discuss Historical Memory, especially as it relates to monuments, public plques, and commemorations. The reading is on Blackboard, an article about memorials and monuments called “Our Monuments, Ourselves” and one on the Vietnam Wall as a milestone in historical commemoration. Please read both and come prepared to talk about the complications in national memory, particularly around traumatic events.
Also, BRING LAPTOPS to Tuesday’s class, we will use them to make Portfolio pages, since most of you have not yet done that on your WordPress sites.
Thursday 12/7 is a day for some reflections on professional ethics (Williams Ch 13 and 21), and we will also do an in-class peer review of your Annotated Bibliography drafts. Please bring a PRINTED, PAPER copy of your draft to class with you.
For Tuesday 11/28, please review the article “Digital Junction” (which was assigned back on Nov 16, but that was our library day, so we didn’t discuss it then). It’s posted on Blackboard under “Content.” And read Ch 19-20 of William’s Historian’s Toolbox, though Williams seems somewhat a) uninformed and b) skeptical/wary of digital methods and innovations in the field of history and the humanities. In reality, digital history is a well-established and vibrantly growing area of research and practice. There are a growing number of centers for digital humanities (DH) scholarship.
For further exploration, a 2011 New York Times article explores the ways some historians and humanities scholars are use sophisticated mapping, data visualization and other digital tools for scholarly analysis. One of the projects mentioned in the NYT article is the digitalization of the Bayeux Tapestry (all 224-feet long of it), a project of a medieval scholar at Drew University, Martin K. Foys. A CD-ROM digital edition of the artifact can be purchased for about the cost of a textbook, but as one user notes… it’s also been installed in the virtual world of Second Life.
N-gram: visualization of the frequency of use of any word over time, searched across outrageously-many digitized old books
On Tuesday November 21 our reading is Tom Gunning, Making Sense of Films. We will talk about film and history: historical film, how historians and filmmakers (and perhaps other categories – news media? YouTube users?) use film and the moving image to craft historical narratives and interpretations, documentaries, and films that made history (in the dual sense of the word).
Please Note:Journal #8 is due tomorrow at midnight. We will discuss Robert Gaddis’s entire book The Landscape of History in our next class on Tuesday, Nov 14. You should be reading it this week; here are the Discussion Questions we’ll be use for our class discussion. Note this is the SAME DAY that your Paper #2 is due, so plan out your time carefully so that you’re prepared with both on the same day.
Here are a couple of maps that I’ve come across recently for us to start with and consider.
After exploring those, spend some time exploring a few other links related to historical maps or mapping as a historical method. A recent article in Forbes magazine talks about how digital mapping helps us understand racism and the history of segregation, including:
Stanford also hosts the Mapping the Republic of Letters project from Dan Edelstein and Paula Findlen, tracing (and mapping) the trajectory of thousands of letters from the pens of European Enlightenment writers. Here’s a brief video explaining the project:
Other innovative projects work with recreating or layering historical maps, and creating digital environments of the past. Some examples include: