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Autumn 2017 Digital Humanities Course Offerings

Sep 8 2017

Below is a partial list of DH-related course offerings this fall. All are taught by affiliates of the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) and provide an excellent entry point to the Center’s research.

DLCL 106/HISTORY 9S): Censorship & Propaganda: From Renaissance to Revolution

M/W 3:00 PM-4:20 PM

Instructor: Rachel Midura (PhD Candidate in History)


Information is power. From the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries, a shadowy world of illicit communication challenged church and state. We'll explore the resulting communication wars as waged through print, art, architecture, and theatre. We'll read banned, scandalous and satirical works by Niccolò Machiavelli, Martin Luther and Benjamin Franklin among many others. From the archives to the digital humanities, students will gain new tools to explore the politics and historical development of information control.

ENGLISH 154: Mapping the Romantic Imagination

Tu/Thu 3:00 PM-4:50 PM

Instructor: Prof. Mark Algee-Hewitt


In this course, we will apply spatial humanities techniques to the study of Romantic writing. In the lyric poetry, national tales and Gothic novels of the Romantic period, how did geography, both real and imagined, influence the kinds of writing that were possible? Were there kinds of writing that could only happen in certain kinds of places? Together, using a combination of GIS mapping and geo-location, we will create a digital, annotated map of the Romantic imaginative world.

ENGLISH 184E: Literary Text Mining

TU/TH 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM



This course will train students in applied methods for computationally analyzing texts for humanities research. The skills students will gain will include basic programming for textual analysis, applied statistical evaluation of results and the ability to present these results within a formal research paper or presentation. Students in the course will also learn the prerequisite steps of such an analysis including corpus selection and cleaning, metadata collection, and selecting and creating an appropriate visualization for the results.

LATINAM 177: Mapping Poverty, Colonialism, and National Building in Latin America

Tu/Th 10:30 AM - 11:20 Am

Instructor: Prof. Alberto Diaz


This course is an introduction to the mapping of colonial and early independent Latin America, as a lens through which students may learn about the process of colonization, state building, and the legacies on those processes on poverty and underdevelopment today. Historical maps are analyzed both as GIS data sources, and as interpretative lenses through which we can glimpse the way human settlements and activity reveal social, political and economic dynamics whose legacies are still present today.

SLAVIC 261/361: Reading Leo Tolstoy in the Digital Age

M/W 10:30 AM-12:20 PM

Instructor: Prof. Yuliya Ilchuk and Dr. Michael Widner (Academic Technology Specialist)


The novelist and philosopher Leo Tolstoy pioneered ideas of multi-perspectivism, relativism, "contagious" art, and literary montage. How can we analyze the link between his prose fiction and modernist art by means of digital humanities methods? This course is arranged as a series of digital labs and seminar discussions and utilizes a project-based learning approach, with individual and collaborative projects. We create character networks in Gephi, side-by-side visualization of different versions of Tolstoy's texts in Beyond Compare, and text mining in RStudio. Taught in English. Note: To be eligible for WAYS credit, you must take SLAVIC 261 for a minimum of 3 Units and a Letter Grade.