Feminist scholarship has long been an important point from which to question power, discrimination, and techno-centrism in scholarship and teaching. This meet-up focuses on contemporary issues and challenges for feminist scholarship, and specifically on a Feminist Pedagogy for the Digital Age. To start the conversation, Dr. Leah Rosenberg (English) will discuss her graduate course in Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities entitled “Panama Silver, Asian Gold : Migration, Money, and the Making of the Modern Caribbean.” This course was taught in concert with linked courses at Amherst College and the University of Miami for the benefit of shared learning, discussion, and Digital Humanities course project possibilities. This course models the DOCC (Distributed Online Collaborative Course) format, which is an improvement upon the current trend of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses). DOCCs question inherent assumptions involved in networked infrastructures for learning, and engage learner-centered pedagogies to create collaborative knowledge creation and transformational practices of design and media making.

The description above accompanied the presentation by Leah Rosenberg from the Spring 2014 UF Digital Humanities Working Group (DHWG) series of Meet-Ups on “Online Courses and Re/Sources.” For more, see the presentation slides.

“Panama Silver, Asian Gold : Migration, Money, and the Making of the Modern Caribbean” was originally taught in fall 2013 and will be taught again in spring 2016.

Prof. Eleni Bozia, Classics, and Prof. Angelos Barmpoutis, Digital Worlds (in collaboration with the Université Lyon 2, Maison de l’Orient, and École française d’Athènes) have been awarded a 2015-16 Grant from the Ministère de l’Education Nationale, de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche (France) for the “Digital Epigraphy and Archaeology Project.”

The Digital Epigraphy and Archaeology Project is an interdisciplinary project initiated by scientists from the Digital Worlds Institute and the Department of Classics at the University of Florida. The goal of the project is to develop new open-access scientific tools for the Humanities and apply concepts from digital and interactive media and computer science to Archaeology and Classics. In their web-site you can  view 3D collections and interact with our on-line exhibits, read about recent results, find interactive demos of projects, and learn more about future research directions.

Text and image on this page from the Digital Epigraphy and Archaeology Project.

This entry cross-posted from original on the TRACE website.


Full press release below and online with the full grant proposal!


Sid Dobrin
Professor of English
Director/Editor TRACE Innovation Initiative
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Florida
(352) 294-2868

University of Florida’s Department of English, George A. Smathers Libraries, and Research Computing Receive $60,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Award

Gainesville, FL, March 23, 2015 – University of Florida researchers have spearheaded a collaborative project which has been awarded $60,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant for “MassMine: Collecting and Archiving Big Data for Social Media Humanities Researchers.” The project will support development of an open-source toolkit and training materials that would allow humanities researchers to collect and analyze large-scale, publicly available data drawn from social media sites.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a substantial start up grant to the University of Florida for MassMine (www.massmine.org), a project of the Trace Innovation Initiative (http://trace.english.ufl.edu/) in the University of Florida (UF) Department of English in partnership with the UF Smathers Libraries and UF’s Research Computing. MassMine is open source software developed for the needs of humanities research by providing a set of easy to use tools for creating social media data archives, querying and mining the archives, and revealing the processes and technologies for enabling generation of new methods and new questions. For example, researchers are using MassMine to track the ways in which news about sink holes circulate through social media sites like Twitter. MassMine is being developed in response to a lack of sufficient access to social media data, tools for data mining, and tools for processing data for analysis for researchers in the humanities. UF Department of English Professor Sid Dobrin is the project’s Director and Laurie Taylor, UF Digital Scholarship Librarian, is the project’s Co-Director along with Matt Gitzendanner, UF Biological Data Scientist and Research Computing Training Coordinator; UF Department of English PhD student Aaron Beveridge and Ohio State University PhD Recipient in Cognitive Psychology Nicholas Van Horn developed the MassMine application. MassMine’s version 1.0 release will enable new approaches to small and big data for humanists by creating access to data with tools for data mining, processing, and analysis.

MassMine is a project within a larger technology initiative from the UF Department of English. MassMine is a central component of the TRACE Innovation Initiative which is also currently developing applications for augmented reality criticisms, a digital game lab, new approaches to 3-D printing research, a video-based idea sharing clearinghouse, comics-based visual interpretations of academic subjects, as well as a peer reviewed journal. The first issue of the TRACE Journal will address the intersections between animal studies and media studies.

Curated by Margarita Vargas-Betancourt and Lillian Guerra with assistance from Alexis Baldacci and Daniel J.Fernandez-Guevara.

“Revolucionarias” is a bilingual exhibition that highlights the many ways in which women were active and vital participants in Cuba’s revolutions. Exhibit items are organized into five thematic groupings, which reflect the wide reaching effect of revolution; promises of the revolution, women revolutionaries, food and domestic life (shown here), disruption of families, and political prisoners.

In addition to this exhibit being curated with assistance from humanities graduate assistants, the photo here comes from the collaborative Library Exhibit Tumblr, which showcases exhibits in libraries, with many being collaborations among teams including librarians, archivists, teaching faculty, and graduate researchers.