Graduate Seminars

Digital Humanities Methods, Project Management, and Sustainability

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In this seminar, participants will learn and practice technical tools and methodologies in order to develop and workshop a digital humanities project that intersects with their research agendas and goals. This course will introduce and examine a variety of digital approaches to doing humanities research, and will review successful examples of digital humanities projects. We will consider how to develop viable and sustainable projects that are well-scoped, maintainable, and accessible to the target audience (whether that audience consists of experts or the general public). Participants are invited to begin with a humanistic research question that can be explored through digital methods, manage a project through testing and feedback, release the project to the public, and create a longevity strategy.

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Thursdays 430-710pm AB-5050

Taught by: Lisa Tagliaferri, Rutgers Italian Dept.



  pdf Approaches to Literature


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Tuesdays 500-740pm AB-5050

Taught by: Professor Paola Gambarota



Conducted as a workshop, this course introduces different approaches to our fields, as selected by the students themselves, with the aim of developing and deepening the theoretical frameworks necessary to place individual students’ research within the broader discussions that are happening in literature and cultural programs today. Students will reflect on the discipline’s frameworks and engage in self-reflective critique while addressing the practical question about how to turn a paper into an article or into a talk. Each three weeks (or longer, depending on enrollments) we will focus on one approach (e.g., ecocriticism, mobility and diaspora studies, gender studies, etc.) chosen by individual students, according to their focus of interest. In consultation with the instructor, students will select seminal texts that articulate the specific approach they wish to explore in order to revise their paper for publication in a journal or to be presented as a talk at a professional conference. In the first two weeks of class each student is required to bring one paper or project, while we will begin our discussion by reading Culler on literary theory and Berger on ways of looking. In the first week we will also plan our course calendar.