Vignette: Elizabeth Culman (1818-1833)

While researching the more exotic publication places we mapped from Stainforth’s library catalog, we discovered that he collected a book by Elizabeth Culman (1816-1833) published in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The “Wants” portion of the catalog indicates that he wanted to collect Culman’s Works published in 1834, the year after her death. He did not cross off the title in his Wants list, which leads us to believe that he did not manage to acquire the title. This makes us feel better because we were unable to find much about the author or the title even with the help of the Internet. We could not…

Introducing the Stainforth Recovery Vignettes

This term Allyson Long, Dartmouth class of 2017 and a Neukom Scholar, completed gathering and editing publication place data for those entries in Stainforth’s catalog to which he added publication place names. There are about 1500 publication places that we were able to identify from the catalog data. (Stay tuned for updates on our results!) While collaborating, visualizing and analyzing the publication places, Allyson and I did what we usually do: explored interesting titles we found, searched for clues about authors who have left very small footprints in literary history, and shared what we learned with each other as we went….

Joining Faculty at Santa Clara University

A quick, exciting update: In the Fall of 2017, I will be joining the faculty of Santa Clara University as Assistant Professor in English specializing in British literature of the long 18th century and Digital Humanities. I am really looking forward to working with my new colleagues and students. (And Myla & Aja don’t know it yet, but in a few short months they will be California kitties!) I will continue to work as a Neukom Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College through July 31, 2017.  

Life After Print: Digital Methods for Women’s Book History @ NASSR 2017

The Book History Caucus of NASSR just accepted our panel proposal for the 2017 conference. Yahtzee! Here it is: “Life After Print: Digital Methods for Women’s Book History,” and our panel includes: Laura Mandell (Texas A&M U), co-presenters Michelle Levy and Kandice Sharren (Simon Fraser U), myself, and co-presenters Cait Coker and Kate Ozment (Texas A&M U). Here is our full abstract.

Syllabus “The Humanist in the Computer: Digital Humanities and Social Justice” COLT 18.02 (Winter 17)

Dr. Kirstyn Leuner (kirstyn.j.leuner@dartmouth.edu) New 17 Winter Course: COLT 18.02 Meets at 10A (Tues/Thurs 10:10-12:00) Office hours: TBD in Sanborn 014 course website: http://leunerwinter17.wordpress.com  The Humanist in the Computer: Digital Humanities and Social Justice Short Description: What can digital technologies do to our words? What can they do for our words, as activism? In this course, we will use computers to create, share, and analyze different kinds of digital texts in order to discover together—through, reading, writing, and entry-level programming—how our use of these technologies changes our relationship to language and politics. Desires to think, experiment, and collaborate are required;…

Romantic Circles Pedagogies Advisory Board, Ideas for Teaching w/RC Texts and Technologies

I was recently appointed to Romantic Circles’ new Pedagogies Advisory Board, a group of Romanticist digital humanists led by Kate Singer (Mt. Holyoke) and David Ruderman (OSU). The rest of our team includes Andrew Burkett (Union), Lindsey Eckert (Georgia State), myself, and Roger Whitson (WSU). We held our first Google Hangout this week to brainstorm ways to invigorate the content on the RC Pedagogies site. The Hangout was the highlight of my day, not only because I had the rare opportunity to see and chat with Romanticist colleagues I respect and adore and usually only see once or twice a…

Talk on Student-Centered Course Design in Digital Humanities Surveys for Undergrads (Matariki DH Colloquium)

I delivered this talk at the Matariki Digital Humanities Colloquium, 23-25 October 2016, Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario). Writing an “Introduction to Digital Humanities” Syllabus? You May Need to Screw Around, Too! Many a Digital Humanities syllabus begins with an essay by Stephen Ramsay called “The Hermeneutics of Screwing Around; or, What You Do With A Million Books.” I do this, too! The essay argues that we can study a culture with too many texts to read by “browsing” according to our interests and embracing serendipitous experiential learning, as if we’re wandering in the library stacks. Ramsay calls this “screwing around” or…

Links for Matariki Colloquium Talk on Teaching Digital Humanities to Undergraduates

Matariki Digital Humanities Colloquium, 23-25 October 2016, Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario). Here are the links that I will mention, in order, either verbally or on slides in my talk, “Writing an ‘Introduction to Digital Humanities’ Syllabus? You May Need to Screw Around, Too!” In my talk, I suggest that we can use Stephen Ramsay’s essay “The Hermeneutics of Screwing Around; Or What You Do With A Million Books” to help those designing undergraduate surveys of the expansive and still-expanding field of Digital Humanities. I argue that we can organize DH surveys and make them meaningful to an undergraduate audience by connecting disparate…

Featured in Library Exhibit “Digital Humanities at Dartmouth: Portraits of a Community of Practice”

An excerpt from my Winter syllabus appears in the library exhibit “Digital Humanities at Dartmouth: A Community of Practice.” The exhibit opened August 1 and ends today, so it’s the last day to visit these posters in the Baker Library workspace. I especially appreciate that I share this poster with my Neukom mentor at Dartmouth, Ivy Schweitzer, because together we have embraced this idea of a DH community of practice in our collaborations with each other as well as with the greater Dartmouth DH collective. Digital Humanities at Dartmouth: Portraits of a Community of Practice What is digital humanities? It is a community of practice at…

Upcoming Speaking Engagements 2016-17

I have a number of invited talks, lectures, and roundtables already scheduled for 2016-17. 23-25 October 2016: I will deliver an invited talk on creating Dartmouth’s first undergraduate “Introduction to Digital Humanities” course, Queen’s University, Matariki Digital Humanities Colloquium. Read the abstract. Spring 2017, date TBD: I have been invited to deliver a lecture for the University of Colorado Boulder’s Exploring Digital Humanities Lecture Series. I will present on the Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing, the DH project I direct. 21-24 June 2017: I will organize/chair and present on a roundtable called “Digital Generations of 18th- and 19th-century British Women Writers” for the 25th…