From Evidence to Scholarship

Thursday, March 15 • 10:15am - 11:00am
Two Sessions: Undergraduate MVPs: The Modernist Versions Project, Digital Humanities & Open Education Resources ~|~ Connecting Text and Data: A Collaborative Teaching Approach to a Literary Network Analysis Project for Undergraduates

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Undergraduate MVPs: The Modernist Versions Project, Digital Humanities, & Open Education Resources: James Gifford, Nyarai Tawengwa, Peter Mate & Mickey Truong
The Modernist Version Project (MVP) was founded under a three-year (2012–2015) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant for Canadian, American, and Irish universities to produce an online open-access and open-source platform for the digitization, mark-up and manipulation, comparison, collation, annotation, and publication of modernist texts that exist in more than one textual state. With undergraduate research assistants, it produced OER critical editions, TEI encoded editions, or facsimiles of several public domain modernist texts: the complete pirated editions of James Joyce's Ulysses, the 3 major states of Ernest Hemingway's In Our Time, Djuna Barnes' Nightwood, the serial publications of Joseph Conrad's Nostromo, and Dorothy Richardson's The Tunnel and Pointed Roofs, among others, and with more in production. This session presents the workflow of student researchers for the textual production of critical editions, summarizes the MVP whitepaper of best practices, and details preliminary research findings made possible by the Versioning Machine and Voyant/Voyeur digital text analysis portals.

Connecting Text and Data: A Collaborative Teaching Approach to a Literary Network Analysis Project for Undergraduates: Hélène Bilis & Laura M. O'Brien
Introducing students to the study of texts as data can best be accomplished with a collaborative approach. We will describe a partnership between faculty and digital scholarship specialists that leverages overlapping expertise in framing how to think rhetorically and critically about the tools and technology within a disciplinary context. Based on two iterations of a course’s introductory unit on network analysis for literary texts, we will offer strategies for teaching students to ask questions of and make arguments with visualizations of humanities data.


Helene Effie Bilis

Wellesley College
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Laura M O'Brien

Assistant Director for Research Services, Wellesley College

Thursday March 15, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
PAB 104

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