Welcome to Humanities in a Digital World!

HiDW Summer Tutorial


"Fuel for Thought: On the Energy that Drives Culture”

Friday, May 19, 2023 (Application Deadline Extended)

Instructor: Grace Franklin, HiDW Ph.D. Fellow (2022-2024)
Undergraduate students receive $1,500 stipend for course completion.
Course meets twice a week for four weeks in July 2023.

This tutorial launches from the premise that forms of energy are deeply embedded in culture—in the content of books, film, visual art, and other media, and in the materials that make cultural production possible. Over four weeks, students will read critical essays and primary texts, including Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road (1957), Denis Villanueve’s film Dune (2021), and Beyoncé’s video-album Lemonade (2016), before creating a final digital project in Scalar.

To apply: email a CV/resume and a letter expressing your interest in the course to Humanities in a Digital World by May 19.

For more information, please see the course flyer or contact Grace Franklin.

2023 Humanities in a Digital World Summer Boot Camps

Humanities in a Digital World Summer Boot Camps are open to USC and Claremont Colleges faculty, postdocs, and graduate students with primary interests in the humanities.

Visual Rhetoric + Digital Authoring + Lettered Orality

Monday, May 22 - Friday, May 26, 2023
Format: In-Person at USC

Virginia Kuhn, Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts, Media Arts + Practice Division; Associate Director, Institute for Multimedia Literacy

Course Overview:
The week will be of particular use to those who have participated in previous boot camps allowing them to fine-tune a project with nuance and sophistication. It will be no less valuable for first-timers regardless of their familiarity (or lack thereof) of born-digital epistemologies. These include an overview of the tools, and tactics associated with digital humanities, as well as a broad survey of the move from text-based epistemologies to those that include the extra-textual registers of sound, image, and interactivity. What are the implications of these shifts for issues of scholarly integrity, archiving, metadata schemas, citation, fair use, project documentation, peer review, and publication? We will also focus on pedagogical research and spend some time with AI tools for word and image, paying attention to their prompting and their blind spots.

Spatial Humanities & Digital Mapping

Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30, 2023
Format: In-Person at USC

Sean Fraga, Assistant Professor (Teaching), Environmental Studies and History, USC Dornsife; USC Mellon Humanities in a Digital World Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020-2022

Andy Rutkowski, USC Libraries, Visualization Specialist, Library for International and Public Affairs

Course Overview: 
Why make maps? Why read maps? How can spatial thinking and digital mapping enrich our research, teaching, and learning as humanities scholars? Join us to discuss these questions and more in a responsive “un-boot camp.” We’ll build readings and activities around participants’ interests, goals, and projects. You’ll get the most out of this workshop if you already have a question, goal, or project that involves mapping, no matter how big or small. 

We welcome both new and returning participants.

Multi-media Authoring & Scalar

Dates: Monday, August 7 - Friday, August 11, 2023
Format: In-Person at USC

Curtis Fletcher, USC Libraries, Director Ahmanson Lab

For more information, please contact HiDW.


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