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Fall 2016 Working Groups

Digital Humanities Writing Group (Alternate Mondays, 11 am -12 pm)

The Digital Humanities Writing Group is comprised of graduate students and faculty in the humanities who are working on writing projects related to their digital scholarship, whether the goal is publication in a discipline-specific venue or one that focuses primarily on digital work. The group meets bi-monthly to offer constructive critique for segments of works-in-progress, as well as support for various aspects of the writing process as it relates to the digital humanities, broadly defined. The aim of this group is to support members in the completion of their chapter/article by the beginning of May. Both scholars beginning a new project and those with projects already in a later stage are encouraged to join. Meetings will be held bi-weekly on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., beginning on October 3rd. To join the group and access the latest information and materials, please contact or for an invite to our Slack channel.


Digital Dissertations Initiative (Alternate Mondays, 1-2 pm)

As research and communication practices associated with digital humanities gain acceptance within the academy, an increasing number of graduate students express interest in creating multimodal chapters or companions to their “traditional” humanities dissertations. This working group will investigate experiments with multimodal dissertations at other universities and existing attitudes at Vanderbilt concerning digital scholarly communication and the humanities dissertation. The group will identify cultural and technological factors that shape the possibility for successful digital dissertation components, and create a report and recommendations for Vanderbilt based on these findings and on the experiences and perspectives of current graduate students with an interest in digital humanities.  For information, contact or


Sustainability and Digital Humanities (Alternate Wednesdays, 4-5 pm)

The intersections of ecological humanities and digital humanities have drawn increasing scholarly attention in recent years, as demonstrated by the bevy of articles in the March 2016 PMLA appearing under the rubric Assembling the Ecological Digital Humanities. In this working group, we will explore the emerging field of EcoDH, using three notions of sustainability to guide our discussions: ecological sustainability, socio-economic sustainability, and the sustainability of scholarship. With the help of important thinkers such as Matthew Kirschenbaum and Johanna Drucker, we will investigate topics including the materiality of digital objects, the generation of e-waste, and the reproduction of socio-economic difference in electronic culture, considering how these impact our teaching and our research, and experimenting with fun tools that may be able to help us mitigate some of the human and environmental degradation inherent in our digital existence. For more information, contact edward.dawson@Vanderbilt.Edu or


Debates in the Digital Humanities reading group (Alternate Fridays, 1-2 pm)

In this group we will read and discuss selected chapters from Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016, in order to engage current questions in digital humanities, including (but not limited to) its scope and its relation to academic disciplines. Our initial meeting will be Friday, October 14, from 1-2 p.m., at which we will set the schedule for the semester. After that, we will meet every other Friday from 1-2 p.m. in the Center for Digital Humanities.   For more information, please contact or and visit our #debatesindh slack channel on the VandyDH slack team.


Open Co-Working (Tuesdays, 1:30-3 pm)

Drop by the Digital Humanities Center any Tuesday afternoon to meet members of the Vandy DH community, join informal conversations about digital humanities matters, troubleshoot your digital projects, share ideas, or just have a cup of coffee and work on your own in good company.