Our own Neil Fraistat, MITH Director, is featured in today’s The Chronicle of Higher Education Daily Read column. While Neil finds food for thought in The New Yorker’s investigative profiles, and brilliant digital humanities scholarship in Kathleen Fitzgerald’s Planned Obsolescence, he still manages to keep his sense of humor by reading The Onion and his son and daughter’s joint blog, Sibling & Charybdis: Two Siblings Who Love the Funny. . . . Continue Reading
In celebration of Black History Month, this week the University of Maryland is profiling Carla Peterson, professor of English and MITH Faculty Fellow, on her research project, Black Gotham Archive. In “Online Archive to Share Stories of 19th Century Free Blacks,” Karen Shih, University Editor, interviews Peterson on her family history, 19th century black New Yorkers, and the origins of her digital archive. . . . Continue Reading
Last week, Carla Peterson, professor of English and a MITH Faculty Fellow, was featured by The New York Times City Room “Taking Questions” series on her book, Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City (Yale University Press, 2011). Over the course of the week, readers submitted their questions to Dr. . . . Continue Reading
MITH’s strategic mission, as stated on the About MITH page, is to be the “University’s [of Maryland's] primary intellectual hub for scholars and practitioners of digital humanities, electronic literature, and cyberculture” [sic]. Put another way, a local center for all things related to digital knowledge in the humanities. This means that we go out and spread out expertise in development of our own scholarly digital tools, the world of Digital Humanities, and our passion to support that world’s importance. . . . Continue Reading
Carla Peterson, professor of English and a MITH Faculty Fellow, is being featured this week by The New York Times City Room “Taking Questions” series on her recent book, Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City (Yale University Press, 2011). Black Gotham is a riveting account of Peterson’s quest to reconstruct the lives of her nineteenth-century ancestors. . . . Continue Reading
Former MITH Associate Director Doug Reside, now Digital Curator for the Performing Arts at the New York Public Library, was recently covered by Jennifer Schuessler in “Tale of the Floppy Disks: How Jonathan Larsen Created ‘Rent’” on The New York Times Arts Beat blog. The article highlights Doug’s research on musical theatre preservation, specifically the curation of the 189 floppy disks left behind by Jonathan Larsen, creator of Rent. . . . Continue Reading
A new semester has begun here at the Maryland Institute of Technology for the Humanities (MITH). With it brings news of collaborative projects, successful workshops we’ve attended and hosted, and the fun always had in the daily life of MITH. The MITH Monitor is available in hard copy and digital formats. We invite you to take a look! . . . Continue Reading
THATCamp Games, last weekend’s four-day unconference on digital humanities and gaming, had its origin in a packed “humanities gaming” catch-all session at THATCamp Prime 2011, where we quickly realized that “games” was too broad a topic for a single session. THATCamp Games brought together members of the games industry, games researchers and designers, and games teachers to discuss games in as many genres (e.g. . . . Continue Reading
Last week, MITH Director Neil Fraistat traveled to the 2012 Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention to work with literary scholars interested in exploring digital humanities and alternative academic careers, while our own Associate Director Matt Kirschenbaum was being quoted in the New York Times by the critic Stanley Fish.
Speaking at MLA on “#alt-ac: The Future of “Alternative Academic” Careers,” Fraistat explored with other leading digital humanists the trend towards hybrid and non-tenure-track academic positions in libraries, university presses, cultural heritage organizations, and digital humanities organizations. . . . Continue Reading
Word processing is hot and the media is on the trail.
This morning The New York Times Arts Beat blog published “Who Word-Processed First? Professor’s History Has Writers Staking Their Claim” on MITH Associate Director Matt Kirschenbaum, which covered the early word processing authors who have contacted Matt (several staking their claim in the chronicle of literary word processing) since the Times‘ previous article on Matt from December 25, 2011. . . . Continue Reading