Welcome! The Pittsburgh Digital Humanities community is happy to have you here.

Made up of a number of regional partners, the PGH|DH group is dedicated to fostering connections between Digital Humanities practitioners in the greater Pittsburgh area. Below please find descriptions of our individual initiatives, a calendar of upcoming DH events around town, as well as announcements of interest to the community.
Carnegie Mellon University

Digital Humanities at Carnegie Mellon University are supported by dSHARP - a center jointly run by Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the University Libraries - as well as a Mellon Foundation grant. 

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Carnegie Museum of Art

Carnegie Museum of Art enriches people’s lives through art. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform.

Duquesne University

Humanities faculty at Duquesne University from the English, History, Art History, and Classics disciplines, are pursuing a wide range of DH projects, including 3-D scanning, digital editions, collaborative digital workspaces, DH pedagogy, and network analysis.

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University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh's DHRX is a cross-campus, inter-disciplinary faculty research network designed to highlight Pitt's innovative, digitally-focused academic work.

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PGH|DH Calendar

February 22, 2018
  • CMU Digital Humanities Faculty Research Group February 22, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Hunt Library, Studio B

    January 18th Jen Keating
    January 25th Dave Kaufer
    February 1st Susan Tanner
    February 8th Richard Jean So
    February 15th George Taylor
    February 22nd Matt Lavin
    March 1st Francesca Torello and Josh Bard
    March 8th [TBA]
    March 22nd Avery Wiscomb and Dan Evans
    March 29th George Taylor
    April 5th Lara Putnam
    April 12th Jared McCormick
    April 26th Emma Slayton
    May 3rd TBA
    May 10th TBA

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March 1, 2018
  • CMU Digital Humanities Faculty Research Group March 1, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Hunt Library, Studio B

    January 18th Jen Keating
    January 25th Dave Kaufer
    February 1st Susan Tanner
    February 8th Richard Jean So
    February 15th George Taylor
    February 22nd Matt Lavin
    March 1st Francesca Torello and Josh Bard
    March 8th [TBA]
    March 22nd Avery Wiscomb and Dan Evans
    March 29th George Taylor
    April 5th Lara Putnam
    April 12th Jared McCormick
    April 26th Emma Slayton
    May 3rd TBA
    May 10th TBA

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March 3, 2018
  • THATCamp Pittsburgh 2018 March 3, 2018 Hunt Library, 4909 Frew St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

    Theme: "Mapping and GIS"

    Registration/Website: http://pittsburgh2018.thatcamp.org

    Cost: FREE!

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March 8, 2018
  • CMU Digital Humanities Faculty Research Group March 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Hunt Library, Studio B

    January 18th Jen Keating
    January 25th Dave Kaufer
    February 1st Susan Tanner
    February 8th Richard Jean So
    February 15th George Taylor
    February 22nd Matt Lavin
    March 1st Francesca Torello and Josh Bard
    March 8th [TBA]
    March 22nd Avery Wiscomb and Dan Evans
    March 29th George Taylor
    April 5th Lara Putnam
    April 12th Jared McCormick
    April 26th Emma Slayton
    May 3rd TBA
    May 10th TBA

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March 15, 2018
  • Jack Hessel Talk: "Grounding Images from a Digital Library in their Textual Contexts" March 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Newly digitized cultural heritage collections contain morethan just text. The availability of image data offers promising opportunitiesfor interdisciplinary work across computer vision, natural language processing,and the digital humanities. In this work, we examine a dataset of 400K imagesderived from scans of 14th-20th century volumes provided by the BritishLibrary. We combine language processing and computer vision algorithms to learna common multi-modal representation of images and the text on pages surroundingthose images. Our results suggest that processing images and text jointly,rather than independently, leads to higher quality models. While this approachmay enable scholars to search for concepts across and between textual andvisual spaces, retrieval performance on digital library datasets lags behindretrieval performance on canonical computer vision datasets. To betterunderstand the success and failure cases of this method, I will discuss recentwork that characterizes the geometric properties of image/text feature spacesin an interpretable manner.

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March 16, 2018
  • Jack Hessel Workshop: "Getting started with images in the digital humanities: What tools? Which data? And, most importantly: what questions?" March 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Digital Media Lab, 435 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

    In this workshop, we will discuss the basics of how toprocess images using state-of-the-art convolutional neural networks. Thanks toopen source toolkits, this can be accomplished in just a few lines of pythoncode on your laptop. Next, we will discuss what image datasets researchers havecompiled and what questions researchers have addressed using image processingtechniques. Finally, we will discuss what sorts of new questions might bepossible to answer, with a particular focus on discussing the work of workshopattendees. Time permitting, we will also explore a handful of"first-pass" questions that one can ask about historical image datawith demos.

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March 22, 2018
  • CMU Digital Humanities Faculty Research Group March 22, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Hunt Library, Studio B

    January 18th Jen Keating
    January 25th Dave Kaufer
    February 1st Susan Tanner
    February 8th Richard Jean So
    February 15th George Taylor
    February 22nd Matt Lavin
    March 1st Francesca Torello and Josh Bard
    March 8th [TBA]
    March 22nd Avery Wiscomb and Dan Evans
    March 29th George Taylor
    April 5th Lara Putnam
    April 12th Jared McCormick
    April 26th Emma Slayton
    May 3rd TBA
    May 10th TBA

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March 29, 2018
  • CMU Digital Humanities Faculty Research Group March 29, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Hunt Library, Studio B

    January 18th Jen Keating
    January 25th Dave Kaufer
    February 1st Susan Tanner
    February 8th Richard Jean So
    February 15th George Taylor
    February 22nd Matt Lavin
    March 1st Francesca Torello and Josh Bard
    March 8th [TBA]
    March 22nd Avery Wiscomb and Dan Evans
    March 29th George Taylor
    April 5th Lara Putnam
    April 12th Jared McCormick
    April 26th Emma Slayton
    May 3rd TBA
    May 10th TBA

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April 3, 2018
  • Richard So and Hoyt Long, Computational Method and the Critique of Race: Racial Difference and the US Novel at Scale, 1880-2000 April 3, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

    This essay takes up the call, made recently by Roopika Risam, Kim Gallon, Amy Earhart, Lauren Klein, and others, to develop a form of computational criticism and distant reading that is commensurable with the methods and arguments of Critical Race Studies. It takes as its assumption that scientific and quantitative methods often reify race and support racial stratification (eugenics, the Bell Curve, etc). Thus, any “big data” or computational method applied to racial minority authors and texts is in great peril of simply reproducing reified and problematic views of racial identity. However, in this essay, we argue that canonical methods in textual analytics – specifically, sequence alignment – can be productively deformed and reconstructed through an attention to the critique of race to not only produce new “large scale” views of cultural and literary history, but also, advance the work of critique by challenging the assumptions of the algorithm itself. In this particular case, we combine theory and close reading with sequence aligment analysis to critique ideas of racial homogenity and univeralism nominally supported by, indeed, the method of sequence alignment. We pursue this work through a case study focused on the modern American novel and the question of racial difference. And we precisely tell a new story about racial difference and the US novel by testing the limits of the algorithm, which are often the limits of normative literary history itself. That is, a creative use of computation, animated by critique, draws our attention to what has been written out of literary history (often under the guise of a naive racial universalism) and advances the work of racial critique at the same time

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April 5, 2018
  • CMU Digital Humanities Faculty Research Group April 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Hunt Library, Studio B

    January 18th Jen Keating
    January 25th Dave Kaufer
    February 1st Susan Tanner
    February 8th Richard Jean So
    February 15th George Taylor
    February 22nd Matt Lavin
    March 1st Francesca Torello and Josh Bard
    March 8th [TBA]
    March 22nd Avery Wiscomb and Dan Evans
    March 29th George Taylor
    April 5th Lara Putnam
    April 12th Jared McCormick
    April 26th Emma Slayton
    May 3rd TBA
    May 10th TBA

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April 12, 2018
  • CMU Digital Humanities Faculty Research Group April 12, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Hunt Library, Studio B

    January 18th Jen Keating
    January 25th Dave Kaufer
    February 1st Susan Tanner
    February 8th Richard Jean So
    February 15th George Taylor
    February 22nd Matt Lavin
    March 1st Francesca Torello and Josh Bard
    March 8th [TBA]
    March 22nd Avery Wiscomb and Dan Evans
    March 29th George Taylor
    April 5th Lara Putnam
    April 12th Jared McCormick
    April 26th Emma Slayton
    May 3rd TBA
    May 10th TBA

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April 26, 2018
  • CMU Digital Humanities Faculty Research Group April 26, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Hunt Library, Studio B

    January 18th Jen Keating
    January 25th Dave Kaufer
    February 1st Susan Tanner
    February 8th Richard Jean So
    February 15th George Taylor
    February 22nd Matt Lavin
    March 1st Francesca Torello and Josh Bard
    March 8th [TBA]
    March 22nd Avery Wiscomb and Dan Evans
    March 29th George Taylor
    April 5th Lara Putnam
    April 12th Jared McCormick
    April 26th Emma Slayton
    May 3rd TBA
    May 10th TBA

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May 3, 2018
  • CMU Digital Humanities Faculty Research Group May 3, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Hunt Library, Studio B

    January 18th Jen Keating
    January 25th Dave Kaufer
    February 1st Susan Tanner
    February 8th Richard Jean So
    February 15th George Taylor
    February 22nd Matt Lavin
    March 1st Francesca Torello and Josh Bard
    March 8th [TBA]
    March 22nd Avery Wiscomb and Dan Evans
    March 29th George Taylor
    April 5th Lara Putnam
    April 12th Jared McCormick
    April 26th Emma Slayton
    May 3rd TBA
    May 10th TBA

    See more details
May 10, 2018
  • CMU Digital Humanities Faculty Research Group May 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Hunt Library, Studio B

    January 18th Jen Keating
    January 25th Dave Kaufer
    February 1st Susan Tanner
    February 8th Richard Jean So
    February 15th George Taylor
    February 22nd Matt Lavin
    March 1st Francesca Torello and Josh Bard
    March 8th [TBA]
    March 22nd Avery Wiscomb and Dan Evans
    March 29th George Taylor
    April 5th Lara Putnam
    April 12th Jared McCormick
    April 26th Emma Slayton
    May 3rd TBA
    May 10th TBA

    See more details
May 17, 2018
  • CMU Digital Humanities Faculty Research Group May 17, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Hunt Library, Studio B

    January 18th Jen Keating
    January 25th Dave Kaufer
    February 1st Susan Tanner
    February 8th Richard Jean So
    February 15th George Taylor
    February 22nd Matt Lavin
    March 1st Francesca Torello and Josh Bard
    March 8th [TBA]
    March 22nd Avery Wiscomb and Dan Evans
    March 29th George Taylor
    April 5th Lara Putnam
    April 12th Jared McCormick
    April 26th Emma Slayton
    May 3rd TBA
    May 10th TBA

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THATCamp Pittsburgh 2018

Please join us for THATCamp Pittsburgh 2018, with our theme of Mapping and GIS.

When: Sat. March 3rd, 8:30-5pm
Where: Hunt Library
Cost: free!
Registration: required because of space limitations

THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.” It is an unconference: an open, inexpensive meeting where humanists, artists, and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot.
 

Scholars and citizens have long been interested in using maps and mapping techniques to convey information about the world, with innovative maps dating back centuries. The rise of Geographic Information Systems in the latter half of the 20th century have further provided us with new tools and methods for interpreting spatial information. These techniques and tools can be used for great analytic effect by a range of scholars, from humanists to social scientists to artists and beyond. Therefore, the intended audience for our THATCamp is not just digital humanists but anyone who is interested in the intersection of mapping and GIS with humanistic lines of inquiry.

Examples of this intersection include

  • exploring the history of red-lining in American cities, such as was done by the University of Richmond’s Mapping Inequality project
  • studying how GIS changes our relationship with space and the cities where we live
  • mapping Stonehenge and examining how this activity affects our understanding of neolithic construction processes
  • … and more!

So if you’re interested in mapping, GIS, or broadly technology in the humanities, please register to join us on March 3rd, 2018 for THATCamp Pittsburgh 2018!

Digital Scholarship Summer Internship at CMU

Carnegie Mellon University’s digital scholarship center, dSHARP, is offering an eight week summer internship to occur between May 29th and August 24th, 2018 (exact dates flexible).

The Summer Intern will be expected to work on two to four pre-existing projects during their tenure, with the projects determined based on how their skills and interests best match with current center and faculty projects. Example projects they might work on include the Bridges of Pittsburgh (databases, GIS, graph theory), the Carnegie Mellon Encyclopedia of Science History (history of science, web publishing, editorial work), or Digits (digital preservation). As appropriate, the Summer Intern may also work collaboratively with center faculty to develop digital resources for the dSHARP website (WordPress, digital pedagogy).

Qualifications

  • currently or recently enrolled in a Ph.D. or MLS/MSIS program
  • previous experience in digital scholarship, digital humanities, or digital publishing
  • ability to work both independently and collaboratively in an innovative and interdisciplinary environment
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Salary

  • $4,000

Dates

Applicants should submit the following by February 15, 2018 to jotis@andrew.cmu.edu

  • cover letter
  • C.V.
  • names, emails, and phone numbers for two people who can speak to your previous experience in digital scholarship, digital humanities, or digital publishing

Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2018.

DH Reading Group: September

Who: anyone interested in reading analytical articles encompassing the digital humanities, including but not limited to digital history
 
What: read some stuff of interest to the group members, get together over food or drinks and discuss the readings
 
When: September 27th, 5pm-6:30pm and repeated on the last Wednesday of every month, August-May (no meeting in June or July)
 
Where: If you know of a quieter place with food/drink in the Oakland area where we can meet, please let me know and I’ll check it out!  In the meantime, we’ll stick to Hemingway’s Cafe (3911 Forbes Ave).
Our readings this month will be from the Viral Texts project:

dSHARP Fall Social

Hope everyone had a productive and/or relaxing summer!  To celebrate our return to campus, the digital humanists of dSHARP would like to invite you to a social gathering at CMU’s Hunt Library Studio B on Tuesday September 12th, 4:30-6pm.  Light refreshments will be served.
Meet like-minded researchers, catch up with what’s going on in our city, and welcome any new members to our PGH|DH community.  All faculty, staff, and 21+ students interested in DH are welcome to attend, so please feel free to forward this invitation to other members of your departments (especially new faculty and graduate students) who are not on the CMU or Pitt listservs.

DH Reading Group: August

Who: anyone interested in reading analytical articles encompassing the digital humanities, including but not limited to digital history

What: read some stuff of interest to the group members, get together over food or drinks and discuss the readings

When: Tuesday, August 29th*** (one time change only), 5pm-6:30pm and repeated on the last Wednesday of every month, August-May (no meeting in June, July, or December)

Where: Hemingway’s Cafe (3911 Forbes Ave).

Our readings this month will be:

DH Reading Group: May

Who: anyone interested in reading analytical articles encompassing the digital humanities, including but not limited to digital history

What: read some stuff of interest to the group members, get together over food or drinks and discuss the readings

When: May 31th, 5pm-6:30pm and repeated on the last Wednesday of every month, August-May (no meeting in June or July)

Where: We are still questing for the perfect meeting location. Since most of the students are gone, however, let’s go again to Hemingway’s Cafe (3911 Forbes Ave).

Our readings this month will be:

Because a lot of people will be leaving town already, please RSVP to me (jotis *at* andrew.cmu.edu) if you intend to come, so that I know we have a quorum.

 

CFP: ADHO Communications Fellowship

Join our team! The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) seeks applicants for its 2017-18 Communications Fellowship.

Working on a small team, two fellows will write news releases, blog posts, and announcements about ADHO, its constituent organizations, and the broader digital humanities community; monitor and update ADHO’s social media presence; maintain its website; help to develop and implement ADHO’s outreach strategy; and perform other communications-related responsibilities. The fellows should anticipate spending approximately 3-4 hours per week on the position. The fellowship comes with a small annual stipend of 600 Euros. It is well suited for graduate students, young scholars, and academic professionals who wish to develop deeper knowledge of digital humanities and its global communities, contribute to an important digital humanities professional organization, and gain professional experience in social media and communications.

Desired skills and qualifications include:

  • working knowledge of more than one language
  • excellent written communication skills
  • ability to work with minimal supervision
  • attention to detail
  • some knowledge of digital humanities communities and current discourses
  • some knowledge of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook
  • experience creating and publishing content using Drupal, WordPress, or another web content management system
  • skills in graphic design and multimedia editing

To apply, submit a CV or résumé, a brief writing sample, three letters of reference, and a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position to Hannah Jacobs, chair of ADHO’s communications committee: communications@digitalhumanities.orgThe application deadline is May 31, 2017. Two positions will be available. The fellowships will extend from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

 

http://adho.org/announcements/2017/call-applicants-2017-18-communications-fellowships

DH Reading Group: April

Who: anyone interested in reading analytical articles encompassing the digital humanities, including but not limited to digital history

What: read some stuff of interest to the group members, get together over food or drinks and discuss the readings

When: April 26th, 5pm-6:30pm and repeated on the last Wednesday of every month

Where: We are still questing for the perfect meeting location. This time, we’ll try the back room at Hemingway’s Cafe (3911 Forbes Ave).

Our readings this month will be:

– The Transnational and Text Searchable, Lara Putnam: https://academic.oup.com/ahr/article/121/2/377/2581842/The-Transnational-and-the-Text-Searchable

– GIS and Literary History: Advancing Digital Humanities research through the Spatial Analysis of historical travel writing and topographical literature, http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/11/1/000283/000283.html

DH Reading Group: March

Thanks to everyone who attended the PGH|DH gathering earlier this month!  At the meeting, many people expressed an interest in a pan-Pittsburgh Digital Humanities or Digital History reading group.  Here it is!
Who: anyone interested in reading analytical articles encompassing the digital humanities, including but not limited to digital history
 
What: read some stuff of interest to the group members, get together over food or drinks and discuss the readings
 
When: March 29th, 5pm-6:30pm and repeated on the last Wednesday of every month
 
Where: the Porch at Schenley.  If that doesn’t work well, we will relocate for future meetings.
Our first month’s readings will be:
– The Civilizing Process in London’s Old Bailey by Sara Klingenstein, Tim Hitchcock, and Simon DeDeo: http://www.pnas.org/content/111/26/9419.full
– Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books, http://science.sciencemag.org/content/331/6014/176
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