Schedule

GMDS 140: Intro to Digital Studies FA20


Professor: Jennifer Hayward (she/her/hers)

Classroom:  Morgan 116

Class Hours: 11:00 – 11:50 am

Office: Kauke 217

Office Hours: M/W 1 pm – 2 pm or by appointment via Bookings


Part I: Frameworks

Week 1: Media and Digital Technologies; The Information Society

Day Readings Assignments Due
T Introduction: the digital world

Debates in the Digital Humanities, Starting with “What is It, Exactly?”

Read: D&A Intro DS, 1.1-1.2

Tara McPherson, “Why Are the Digital Humanities So White? or Thinking the Histories of Race and Computation”

R Readings

Test Perusall connection

Collaborative course policies


Week 2: Blogging and digital identities: representation, inclusion, and accessibility

Day Readings Assignments Due
T Read: D&A Intro DS, 1.3-1.5

George Dvorsky, “The 10 Algorithms that Dominate Our World”

Reading quiz
R Post a selfie or other image that represents you to our course blog

Week 3: social media and digital identities: dialogue or polarization?

Day Readings Assignments Due
T Read: D&A Intro DS, 3.1-3.3

Jessica Marie Johnson, “Markup BodiesBlack [Life] Studies and Slavery [Death] Studies at the Digital Crossroads”

Reading quiz
R From Sunday through Tuesday, choose two hashtags to follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (the same tags on both—eg. #blacklivesmatter, #girlslikeus). Bring your observations about each platform to class.

Week 4: Data ownership and usage: information literacy

Day Readings Assignments Due
T Read: D&A Intro DS, 2.1-2.6

Safiya Umoja Noble, “Google Search: Hyper-Visibility as a Means of Rendering Black Women and Girls Invisible” from InVisible Culture (2013)

Joshua Adams, “Thinking About Google Search As A Colonial Tool” (2018)

Reading quiz
R Lab: Zotero tutorial, Wikipedia Tutorial 1

Check-in on academic progress

Part II: Transformations

Week 5: Digital activism and agency

Day Readings Assignments Due
T D&A Intro DS, 3.1-3.3

Teju Cole, “The White Savior Industrial Complex”

Reading quiz
R From Sunday through Tuesday, choose one public figure (author, activist, etc.) and one hashtag to follow on Twitter; bring your observations to class.

Week 6: Digital activism and agency: Digital sound

Day Readings Assignments Due
T D&A Intro DS, 3.3-3.6

Listen: Podcast links (Moodle)

Reading quiz
R Lab: Podcasts

Week 7: Digital activism and agency: GIF culture

Day Readings Assignments Due
T Read: D&A Intro DS, 4.1-4.5

Jason Eppink, “A Brief History of the GIF (so Far)”

Kate M. Miltner and Tim Highfield, “Never Gonna GIF You Up: Analyzing the Cultural Significance of the Animated GIF” (2017)

Reading quiz
R Lab: GIF creation

Week 8: Digital activism and agency: The power of the image

Day Readings Assignments Due
T Read: D&A Intro DS, 5.1-3.3 Reading quiz
R Lab: Photo-essay

Lab report

Part III: The Public Sphere and Power

Week 9: Data methods: Information, power, and digital capitalism

Day Readings Assignments Due
T Read: D&A Intro DS, 5.4-5.6 Reading quiz
R Lab: Wikipedia tutorials

Week 10: Data methods: knowledge, access, and representation

Day Readings Assignments Due
T Read: D&A Intro DS, 6.1-6.5

Introduction and chapter two: Klein, Lauren, and Catherine D’Ignazio. Data Feminism. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2018.

Reading quiz
R Lab: Wikipedia tutorials

Week 11: “Wikipedia Final project planning”

Day Readings Assignments Due
T Read: Sasha Costanza-Chock, “Design Justice” Reading quiz
R Lab: Prospectus Storyboarding

Week 12: “Wikipedia Final project planning”

Day Readings Assignments Due
T Wikipedia onboarding Reading quiz
R Final project conferences

Lab: Wikipedia tutorials


Week 13: “Wikipedia Final project planning”

Day Readings Assignments Due
T Wikipedia project choices Reading quiz
R Final project draft due for peer review

Week 14: “Wikipedia Final project planning”

Day Readings Assignments Due
T Wikipedia research Reading quiz
R Wikipedia annotated bibliography due for peer review

Week 15: “Wikipedia Final project planning”

Day Readings Assignments Due
T Wikipedia entries Reading quiz
R Wikipedia entry draft due for peer review

Finals Week: Final projects

Day Readings Assignments Due
T Final project lightening talks
R Final project and lightening talk podcast due