Digital Humanities Seminars

Digital Humanities Seminar Series, select Fridays @11:30pm

2016-2017 SESSIONS 

Join us for brown-bag sessions on digital humanities, jointly hosted by Walker Library and the Association of Graduate Students in History. 

The goal of the seminar series is to bring DH awareness to campus, giving students and faculty a chance to learn and explore DH topics and gain experience with DH scholarship. Each seminar has a keynote speaker and topic and is followed with an open discussion forum including project design questions, digital resources, best practices, theory and others. Attendance is welcome from anyone on campus with DH interests. 

2016-2017 Seminar Schedule:

Fridays in Meeting Place 4 (LIB 462)

April 7, 2016: “How to Read the Republic of Letters: Digital Network Analysis and the Correspondence of Athanasius Kircher (1633-1680)"

with Dr. Suzanne Sutherland, History Department

This presentation examines the uses and misuses of network analysis for traditional humanities research. Athanasius Kircher (1601/2-1680) was the most prominent Jesuit scholar of his day, occupying a key position at the crossroads of the global Jesuit missionary network and the European-wide Republic of Letters. He authored over thirty books on a polymathic array of subjects and his correspondence was large and diverse. This project is part of Stanford University’s interdisciplinary Mapping the Republic of Letters initiative. It uses the digital mapping tool, Palladio (, to investigate Kircher’s correspondence in order to shed new light on how early modern global information networks functioned. What insights do network analysis tools contribute to traditional humanities projects such as the analysis of letters? What kind of balance should one strike between the quantitative and the qualitative aspects of such research? What are the limitations of these tools? 


Previous Seminars


Here are some of the topics we've covered so far.

  • November 11, 2016: “Defining Digital Humanities and the Future of DH at MTSU” with Dr. Molly Taylor-Poleskey, History Department
  • October 14, 2016: “Playing Reality? Representations and Discourse of Domestic Violence in VR” with Dr. Stephanie Dean, New Media Communication Department
  • September 16, 2016: “Transportation Archaeology through a Geospatial Lens” with Zada, Director of the Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Technology 
  • April 1, 2016: "Public History PhD Candidate Showcase"
  • March 4, 2016: "Oral History and Podcasting" with Dr. Kyriakoudes of the Gore Center.
  • November 13, 2015: "From Paper to Points, Polygons and Pixels: Historical GIS at MTSU" with Zada Law of the Geosciences GIS Lab.
  • October 30, 2015: "StoryMaps: Historical GIS Presentation" with Ken Middleton of Walker Library Digital Initiatives

We want to hear from you. Suggest a future digital humanities topic or speaker.