Digitizing Digs: My Summer at the MATRIX Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences

By Allison Kemmerle, Doctoral Candidate in Greek & Roman History This past summer, I completed a Mellon Public Humanities Fellowship at the MATRIX Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences at Michigan State University. The MATRIX Center partners with community organizations like libraries and museums to digitize collections of cultural resources and make them accessible resources for education and outreach. When I applied for the fellowship at MATRIX, I was eager to learn about managing digital archives. As part of my training as an ancient historian working with the University of […]

Speaking – and not only – in Code

By Marisol Fila, PhD Student, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures I became interested in Digital Humanities during my first year of graduate school. I have always been curious about new technologies and getting to know some of the digital tools that could offer alternative approaches to the Humanities sparked my attention from the very beginning. I started familiarizing myself with general ideas of text mining and topic modeling through some workshops offered by the U of M Library, and I had the chance to apply them in a research partnership […]

Digital Humanities Jobs Board

Digital Humanities Now hosts a jobs board for digital humanities careers inside and outside of higher education. The website as a whole is a great resource for finding and sharing digital humanities scholarship and resources.

Learning About Digital Publishing and Collaboration at Michigan Publishing

By Elina Salminen,  Ph.D. Candidate in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology This spring and summer, I have spent two months at Michigan Publishing, a part of the UM library system and home to the University of Michigan Press and Michigan Publishing Services, working on a project combining digital publishing, product development, and market analysis. Before my fellowship, I admittedly had a fairly hazy idea about what any of these things meant, but they all seemed interesting, useful on the job market, and the specific projects seemed to […]

A Digital Humanities Project in Tibetan Studies

By Shana Melnysyn Dr. Alex Gardner is the Executive Director and Chief Editor for The Treasury of Lives, a digital humanities project that comprises “a biographical encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia, and the Himalayan region.” Dr. Gardner received his PhD in Asian Languages and Cultures from University of Michigan in 2007. Dr. Alex Gardner began his post-PhD career path with a stroke of luck. After finishing his doctorate in Buddhist Studies at University of Michigan, Dr. Gardner received a postdoc at the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (now the Buddhist Digital […]

Mellon Public Humanities Courses at U of M

As part of the Mellon Humanities Doctorate in the Twenty-first Century initiative at Michigan, four faculty each year are developing courses designed to increase doctoral students’ capacities for a wider range of careers. The goal is to integrate these courses, and others like them, into departmental curricula.

A Historian’s Experience in Software Development

By Ana M. Silva, PhD Candidate, Department of History Can a History PhD provide the skills for a career in software development? Two months ago, when I started working at the MATRIX Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University, I didn’t have a clear answer to that question. I had no previous training in computer science and, frankly, after five years in a PhD program in Latin American History, I thought that it was a little late to venture outside of my field to learn something […]

Visualizations in the Humanities Syllabus

This course combines traditional humanities and public humanities to explore the ways in which scholars have used visual tools to shape and present their work to each other and the public. The final project requires students to propose a humanistic question that can be answered using visual data, using the skills they learn during Data Visualization Lab sessions throughout the course.