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Reading Group: Reading the Digital Humanities

Group Description

Our group is interested in developing a variety of perspectives on what it means to do digital humanities work across institutional contexts. We will consider texts that discuss defining, critiquing, practicing, and teaching "digital" humanities. Additionally, we hope to supplement our readings with additional perspectives informed by the interests, scholarship, and work of those who do digital humanities on campus.

If you're interested in being part of the conversation, please join our mailing-list for updates about upcoming meetings and other announcements. The mailing-list can be found here. We also have a public Zotero group ( that includes all of our past readings. Feel free to contribute your own favorite articles.

Reading DH is an IPRH Reading Group. IPRH Reading Groups ( are a place for graduate students and faculty to discuss readings on a variety of subjects across the disciplines.


Krystal Cooper kcooper4 ( at )


Recent Events

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Data Mining the American Literary Canon: and Quantitative Canon Analysis
METACANON is an interactive canon generator that measures the canonicity of literary works based on the number of citations they have received in scholarly journals.

Guest Speaker Nathan Conroy, Brown University will be speaking on
His interests include the late 19th century and 20th century American novel, religion and literature, Marxist literary theory, and digital humanities. His dissertation in progress, American Literature and the Religion of the Disinherited: Antisecularism and Fiction 1873-1960, examines the role played by Protestant fundamentalism in the American literary imagination from the 1870s to the 1960s.

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Digital Humanities Reading Group Meeting
The next meeting date for the IPRH’s Digital Humanities Reading Group will be on Thursday October 29th. This month we will be discussing the intersection of cultural criticism and topic modeling within Digital Humanities in anticipation of Nicole Brown’s DH Brown bag “Black Women Big Data: Utilizing Topic Modeling to Understand Black Women’s Lived Experience” on November 5.

Date & Location:

Thursday October 29th from 2:30-4:00PM
Room 341 of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) Building

Related Events:
DH Brownbag “Black Women Big Data: Utilizing Topic Modeling to Understand Black Women’s Lived Experience”

Readings for discussion:
DiMaggio, P., Nag, M. and Blei, D. “Exploiting affinities between topic modeling and the sociological perspective on culture? Application to newspaper coverage of U.S. government arts funding”, Poetics 41 (2013): 570-606

Lui, A. 2012. “Where is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?”, In M. Gold (ed), Debates in Digital Humanities, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis (2012). Available at

Monday, September 28, 2015
DH Reading Group September Meeting
We are pleased to announce the first Reading the Digital Humanities meeting of the fall semester. We will be discussing potential ideas for the upcoming semester and will conclude with our special guest speaker Professor John Randolph of the History Department. He will be discussing the SourceLab project and Digital Publishing.

Readings for discussion:

Related events

10/1 Critical Digital Humanities@Illinois: Women in Print, Value-added E-books, and New Digital Collaboration
Sponsored by  Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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