History of Art and Architecture

Alison Langmead Colloquium


Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

"Digital Humanity: Thoughts on an Introductory Course to the Digital within the Humanities"

Alison Langmead, Director of the Visual Media Workshop

Image Credit: US Department of Energy, "Loading Tape on a Computer, Oak Ridge"

Over the past few months, Annette Vee, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, and I have been putting together a proposed syllabus for a course we are calling, "Digital Humanity." As a collaborative effort in cross-departmental syllabus-building, we are attempting to construct a course that will serve as an introduction to the study of the digital within the context of the humanities. We would like to investigate not only the ways in which the realm of digital has come to impinge upon human life in the 20th and 21st centuries, but also how digital tools have begun to transform the work of the humanities itself. In this colloquium, I will present our proposed course design and talk about what we believe it means to create an introductory course in digital studies or the digital humanities at this moment in time.