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Welcome Back

Happy New Year & Welcome Back! 

We begin a new semester as a DH community, and we do so virtually. We might be exhausted and working in isolation, but we are not alone. The last two years have shown that we need each other, and DH@SDSU serves that need. We center the human in studies of the digital and in our operations as an initiative; recall our mantra from last year, “Work less, care more.”

DH@SDSU started as an Area of Excellence founded on the research topic “DH & Global Diversity,” and our virtual programming over the last two years has been committed to this topic and practice. Last year’s book talks included attendees from around the world. Our TeachDH website supports pedagogy in classrooms, and has been used in classrooms around campus but also from as far away as Poland and India. We focused our invited lectures on global DH topics (eco-criticism, postcolonial archives, neoliberal capitalism, and more). Through all of this, we are creating connections between people around the study and the teaching of digital technoculture, AND we are doing so through the use of digital technologies and programming.
 
This semester, we continue our efforts. 
Though we start online, we have big hopes for an in-person and end-of-term return to the Digital Humanities Center for the annual (2-year postponed due to Covid) DH Showcase and Student Electronic Literature Competition: SAVE THE DATE of May 6!

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

Upcoming Events

We will be hosting, New Faculty & Staff DH Lightning Talks: Wednesday, February 16th at 4 pm.
Register to join us. https://teachdh.sdsu.edu/programming/
REGISTER for more book talks and workshops.
Digital Humanities Showcase, May 6, 2022
The DHC is excited to announce the return of the DH Showcase: Friday, May 6, 2022 from 10 am to noon. Due to the postponement of this culminating event for the past two years, the Spring 2022 showcase will be a huge, glorious three-year (2020, 2021, 2022) blowout celebration of digital work created before and during the pandemic. 
We invite students, faculty, staff, and recent alumni to submit proposals from the past three years. Let’s share and  celebrate! 

Questions? Contact Digital Humanities Librarian Dr. Pam Lach: plach@sdsu.edu

To participate in the DH Showcase, please complete this form by Thursday, April 28, 2022 to submit your in-process of completed project(s) for consideration: https://tinyurl.com/dhshowcase2022cfp. You may submit as many projects as you like, but please only list one project per form. Acceptances will be sent out by email on Friday, April 29, 2022.
We are also bringing back the STUDENT ELECTRONIC LITERATURE COMPETITION. We invite all students to submit any of your Electronic Literature projects, finished or not. If you're not sure whether or not your work counts, submit it! E-lit categories can include (but are not limited to):  Virtual Reality, Computer-based Art, Intersectional Art, Digital Hybrid Projects, Digital Mediums, Video Game Design,  Digital storytelling, Coding projects, Hypertext Fiction, Blog Fiction, Geolocative Stories, Interactive Fiction. 
Click here to view past winners. 

To participate in the Electronic Literature Competition, please submit a link to your born-digital projects by April 15, 2022 by 11:59 pm to jpressman@sdsu.edu. Winners will be announced at the DH Showcase on Friday, May 6, 2022.

DH Spotlights

BIG SHOUTOUT to Pam Lach and Joanna Brooks, who just finished two podcasting institutes that positioned DH@SDSU as a national leader in teaching podcasting as a research platform.
 
In December, they offered an institute **for faculty across the University of California system.** 17 faculty from 9 campuses came together over Zoom. They pushed themselves to learn new skills and imagine new possibilities for the humanities. Explore two of their podcasts: Redefining Hope and Sidetracks - Sojourns in Music with Unforeseen Swerves. As a result of this institute, Pam is now collaborating with a Berkeley professor on her class this Spring: HUM 196: Eugenics at Berkeley. The students will be producing a virtual walking tour with embedded podcasts about the history of eugenics, and resistance to it, at the university. Pam will be Zooming into the class ~6 times to provide technical training.
 
Then in January, Pam facilitated her sixth podcasting institute with the National Humanities Center. 88 grad students from institutions across the U.S came together to experiment with emergent strategies for the humanities. Working in groups of four, they created twenty-two incredible podcasts (many of which are publicly available), and did so by centering care for each other. Our emphasis on process encouraged participants to experiment and take risks. Dispatches from Dystopia: A Near-Future Broadcast, for example, blends scholarly expertise with sound and genre experimentation. It is representative of the kind of experimentation and process-orientation we encourage in the institute. Special thanks to Pam’s incredible tech team: Patrick Flanigan (SDSU Library), Cassie Tanks (DHC alum), Stephanie Narrow (History PhD Candidate at UCI and Institute Alum Summer 2019), and Marisol Fila (PhD Candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Michigan and Institute Alum Winter 2020/2021).
 
Debates in Digital Humanities
"We use DH@SDSU in this essay as a case study for sharing our theory-based practice for developing a DH initiative and for presenting a larger claim about the importance of local and situated practices and feminist perspectives as a form of DH infrastructure."
–Pam Lach and Jessica Pressman
 
Their essay, “Digital Infrastructures: People, Place, and Passion, a Case Study of SDSU,”  describing the intellectual methods and ethical strategies for building DH@SDSU was just published in the most recent volume of Debates in the Digital Humanities, the central book series for the field:
 

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 than in these online 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.
Contact: digitalhumanities@sdsu.edu

We look forward to connecting with you this semester!


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