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Thinking about the End Product

Since my last post, I have been working on a grant application. This has afforded the opportunity of some stock taking. I’ve also had some very helpful conversations with scholars in the field: Juan Garcés and Matt Munson in Hebrew Biblical Studies…continue reading

THATCamp Games: Maryland Is For Gamers

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…continue reading

Telling the Story of Foreign Literatures in America

Over the past few years, I've spent a good deal of time thinking about storytellers and storytelling. In fact, it was my interest in the work of the Polish author Joseph Conrad, who's Marlow is arguably one of the most widely recognized storytelling…continue reading

MITH Welcomes Lisa Rhody as Winnemore Fellow

MITH is pleased to announce Lisa Rhody, doctoral candidate in the department of English at the University of Maryland, as the Winnemore Dissertation Fellow for Spring 2012. Rhody is completing her dissertation, "Ekphrastic Revisions: Models of Verbal…continue reading

BitCurator is Designing Curation Tools for Use

[fusion_text]Over the weekend, Matt Kirschenbaum and I traveled to UNC Chapel Hill in order to meet with the BitCurator Development Advisory Group (DAG). By design, our meeting with the DAG coincided with Curate Gear, a UNC Chapel Hill School of…continue reading

Announcing our Spring Digital Dialogues!

A new semester is here! And with it brings a stellar list of speakers for our spring Digital Dialogues, a speaker series hosted by The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). We are delighted to host this impressive list of…continue reading

Digitally Networking the Humanities

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…continue reading

Publicist Wanted

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…continue reading

Reinventing the Boundaries of American Literature

I began my career as a graduate student in literature knowing that, with how literary studies stand now, I would have to choose for my focus between my two great fascinations: 19th-century Russian and 20th-century American literature. The former…continue reading

MITH’s Associate Director in The New York Times

For those who might have missed it during the vacation, The New York Times ran a long article about Matt Kirschenbaum’s research for his upcoming book, “Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing,” set to be published by Harvard University…continue reading

New Output

Only spammers seem to be noticing this blog, but for web-trolling software that might be interested in digital humanities and philology I thought I might add that I have updated the sample output from Collatex. collatex-table-apparatus.html shows…continue reading

Beginning to Have Something to Show for It

What I envision is parallel transcriptions of all witnesses to the text of the Mishnah (including citations in the Talmuds and the commentaries, although I have not encoded any of these yet). These transcriptions and their markup (they will be TEI…continue reading


It might seem strange to be talking about "beginnings" just as the semester is winding down, but that's exactly where I'm at: taking my very first step toward setting up the Black Gotham Digital Archive. I had my first training session with Seth…continue reading


Call me Ahab: I’m the leader of the merry band of pirates about to set sail on the Foreign Literatures in America (FLA) project. If there’s one thing I like most about this project, it’s the white whaleness of it all: none of us is sure exactly where…continue reading

What's the Virtue of Virtuality?

As is generally the case with things intellectual, progress on my digital archive has been quite slow. I have several "handlers" (as I call them) at MITH and they are all terrific. Kirsten Keister is responsible for the design of this website which I…continue reading

Progress Involves Some Undoing

Thanks to the input of Travis Brown, Assistant Director at MITH and the programmer working on this project, I am now revisiting the organization of the project and its constituent files. We are now working with a central text, that will be pre…continue reading

Come chat about DH, gender & sexuality...

MITH and the Women's Studies Multimedia Studio is pleased to announce: the first MITH/Digital Humanities "Gender Mixer" on Monday, December 5, 12-1pm in 0135 Taliaferro. A collaboration between MITH and the Women's Studies Multimedia Studio, this is…continue reading

Delmas Grant to Support the Shelley-Godwin Archive

MITH is pleased to announce the receipt of a generous grant from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to support our work on the Shelley-Godwin Archive, under the supervision of MITH Director and Shelley scholar, Neil Fraistat. A recent recipient of…continue reading


As a professor in the humanities, I've spent a career committed to scholarly research. But I confess to having definite likes and dislikes. Here's what I like: going to the archives and rooting around looking at old documents, admiring early print…continue reading