College of Arts Offers Digital Humanities Workshops

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Prof. Susan Brown, Department of English and Theatre Studies, finds digital tools give her new ways to explore and ask questions about the Victorian literature she studies.

“It’s more interactive and gives us multiple ways to organize and order the material,” she says. “There is also a very creative aspect to this, as we learn different ways to represent and structure ideas online.”

Brown has been part of national and international collaborative projects in digital humanities, and helps run the DH@Guelph series of talks and workshops during the academic year to help people learn about how and why to use digital tools.

This year, she and her colleagues are offering a series of four-day workshops on topics related to digital humanities research and teaching. The courses are considered equivalent to those offered at the University of Victoria’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and can be credited towards that university’s certificate in digital humanities.

The workshops will also feature “a keynote speaker, some discussion about career paths in digital humanities, and a show and tell about what the students have done in their courses,” says Brown, who will also be presenting at this event.  “There is an important pedagogical side to this. My students live and breathe new media, and I know these digital tools will be important in their work.”

The workshops run May 19-22, and the cost for U of G faculty, staff and students is $50. For more information and to register by the April 20 deadline, visit the College of Arts’ digital humanities web page.