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Digital Humanities Working Group-iPad Project

In Digital Humanities on March 10, 2011 at 6:37 pm

In cooperation with scholars Grant Ramsay, Agustin Fuentes, and Charles Pence from the evoText project and Eric Lease Morgan from the Hesburgh Libraries, I am beginning a working group to foster digital humanities at Notre Dame by creating a bridge across the five departments of the participants. We  will share our work, and provide each other with technical assistance, and brainstorm creative new directions for each other’s research. Following on the success of Apple’s iPad in the college classrooms and the University of Notre Dame’s leadership in bringing the device to higher education, the digital humanities working group wishes to collaborate on uses for the device that model the creation, analysis, and visualization of information gained from data mining of large bodies of text.  We are committed to defining a new standard for representing text-mining research using all of the tools available in the 21st century to provide dynamic, engaging visuals based on our findings.

United States Catholic Identities Project

In Digital Humanities on March 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Sean T. O’Brien and  Eric Lease Morgan

In 1973, Christa Ressmeyer Klein began her article “Literature for America’s Roman Catholic Children (1865-1895): An Annotated Bibliography”[1] with the observation that “Students of American culture who are currently availing themselves of the wealth of information in the history of child socialization have given surprisingly little attention to one major American subculture of the nineteenth century, Roman Catholicism” (137). This article was written almost forty years ago and, quite remarkably, little if anything has changed.  This is still an understudied element of children’s literature in the U.S.

In coordination with the “Catholic Portal” at the Hesburgh Library, O’Brien and Morgan are developing a course-based research project to try to better understand the role of ethnicity in Catholic juvenile literature from 1890-1920.  The project will use an array of digital humanities tools to produce “distant readings” of Catholic juvenilia and then attempt to understand how ethnic identity is represented in these texts.

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