Welcome back!

On behalf of the Digital Humanities Initiative, we look forward to welcoming our faculty and students back in the coming days. Many profoundly committed faculty members, administrators, and staff have worked hard to ensure our community is ready to meet the challenges of the semester ahead. The Digital Humanities Initiative and DH Center are eager to support you as we collectively enter a 'new beginning'! 

“Digital Humanities” describes efforts to study digital technologies and culture, employ computational practices in research and teaching, and reflect upon the impact of the digital. This new school year reflects these efforts through virtual public talks, a collaboration with SJSU, our brilliant faculty sharing their work in lightning talks, and so much more. 

We look forward to seeing you in person this semester, and we thank you for your participation in our DH community.

DH Initiative Welcomes our New Associate Director

This fall, we happily welcome Dr. Sureshi Jayawardene, associate professor of Africana Studies at SDSU, as our new DH Associate Director, joining Dr. Pamella Lach in leading our initiative. Read about her in our recent blog post
Huge thanks to Dr. Jessica Pressman, Professor of English, for stepping back into the Co-Director position for the past two years. Dr. Pressman will continue her involvement with DH@SDSU, focusing on growing our electronic literature program.

Save the Dates for these Fall events

The Digital Humanities Initiative is excited to offer a wide range of virtual and face-to-face programs this semester. New this semester: a series of events focused on digital ethnic studies, funded by the new CAL Interdisciplinary Research Cluster program.
Thursday, September 15: Digital Ethnic Studies Public Talk #1: Anne Cong-Huyen
Director, Digital Scholarship, University of Michigan Library
11am on Zoom
Registration link: 

Thursday, September 29: Digital Humanities Faculty Lightning Talk
4pm in the DH Center

October 11-12: Networked Connections: Explorations Across Digital Humanities
CSU Digital Humanities Research Institute “at” SJSU
A virtual DH event hosted by San José State University Library Digital Humanities Center and San Diego State University Digital Humanities Center
 More info: 

Wednesday, October 19: Digital Ethnic Studies Public Talk #2:
Maira E. Alvarez
, Digital Approaches to Ethnic Studies
Early Career Provost Fellow, Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin
2pm on Zoom
Registration link: 

A Look Back at Last Semester

Spring 2022 brought as much uncertainty as previous semesters. DH@SDSU began experimenting with hybrid programming—virtual in the first half of the semester and in-person after Spring Break. Our programs centered care for our community as we featured events that helped us stay connected and supported us in exploring approaches to mixed modalities in the future.

The annual (2-year postponed due to Covid) DH Showcase and Student Electronic Literature Competition took place on May 6th, 2022, where we reunited in the DH Center and celebrated all of the creative digital work we created during the Pandemic. Watch a 360 interactive time lapse video of our showcase and check out photos from the showcase below! 
And don’t forget to check out anything you missed by catching up on videos of all of our programs since Fall 2020 at

DH Spotlight

Congratulations to Pam Lach and Joanna Brooks on running their sixth successful podcast institute in partnership with the National Humanities Center. 

Begun in summer 2019 as a pilot program for doctoral students in the Southwest, these institutes have become nationally acclaimed. Our most recent virtual institute, held in late June, featured 39 faculty from 26 different institutions across the United States. Faculty from a range of disciplines came together over Zoom to explore emergent approaches to the humanities through digital storytelling. The week emphasized care-based collaboration and experimentation. 

Special thanks to Patrick Flanigan (SDSU Library) and Cassie Tanks (Northeastern University History Department) for their hard work on the tech team. Explore a sampling of podcasts at

DH @ Comic Con

In late July, SDSU Professor Ajani Brown co-created a panel to highlight Black innovation, in which they appeared at the 2022 Comic Con, focusing on Black women in stem. The panel was titled “Afrofuturism–Black to the Future V: No Jive–Talk Black to Me! (The TED Talk).” 
The panel speculated about the Black experience by looking at the past, present and future through the lens of Black liberation and imagination. To learn more check out the article written by the San Diego Tribute Union and CBS8

Request for your info:
DH-Related Courses Fall 2021 - Spring 2023

We are updating our website to showcase the great work we all are doing. Please let us share news of your efforts to teach digital literacy, digital culture, and other DH-related skills and practices-- which have never been so important in light of these times. 

Let us know through email, if you are teaching, or have taught, a Digital Humanities-related course Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023.
This information will go on the DH Course page.

The DH Center is Open for the Fall 2022 Semester

Studios are available Monday through Friday between 10am and 4pm when classes are in session. Our digital studio self-booking request system is now available. You must be a member of the SDSU community (faculty, staff, student) to use our studios. Click here to book. 

DH Center staff are also available for virtual consultations and DH support. Email us at or

We look forward to connecting with you this semester!

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