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Apr 7 / Clayton Hayes

Digital Humanities Showcase – Thursday, April 21

Digital Humanities at Wayne and the WSU Humanities Center Working Group presents:

Digital Humanities Showcase

Thursday, April 21, 1-3pm, in 1339 FAB


Ethnic Layers of Detroit: Experiencing Place through Digital Storytelling
Sangeetha Gopalakrishnan, Alina Klin, Laura Kline, Julie Koehler, Felecia Lucht, Krysta Ryzewski

Neoliberal Ujamaa: Digital Technology and Public Engagement in Student Research
Jennifer Hart, Vittoria Veltri, Marvi Chaudry, Ryan Kleven, Angela Watson

Please see the attached flyer for more information, including abstracts.

DH Showcase Flyer

Apr 1 / Clayton Hayes

Upcoming DH Lecture – Critical Internet Cultures, Geert Lovink (April 11)

Geert Lovink, director of the Institute of Network Cultures at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, will be speaking on campus on Monday, April 11. The talk takes place at 3 pm on that date, in the English Department Conference room, 10302 in the Maccabees Building (5057 Woodward). His subject will be:

Critical Internet Cultures—From Selfie Cult to Mask Design

In this monopoly phase of platform capitalism, selfies and Anonymous are two sides of the same coin.Both emerge from the same root in Western enlightenment that emphasises individualism and liberation of the Self.Narcissistic self-promotion as well as politically motivated protection of privacy operate under the neo-liberal umbrella of individual empowerment. This raises the strategic question whether alternative network architectures arise out of a critical reading of such consumer cultures? What’s the state of the art in critical internet cultures in this post-Snowden era? What does it mean when the tactics of mainstreaming subcultural practices is running empty on the long run and the realtime meme politics is incapable of solidifying itself in alternative protocols and infrastructures?

Geert Lovink is a media theorist, internet critic and author of Dark Fiber (2002), Zero Comments (2007), Networks Without a Cause (2012) and Social Media Abyss (2016). Since 2004 he is researcher in the School for Communication and Media Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) where he is the director of the Institute of Network Cultures. His centre recently organized conferences, publications and research networks such as Video Vortex (the politics and aesthetics of online video), Unlike Us (alternatives in social media), Critical Point of View (Wikipedia), Society of the Query (the culture of search), MoneyLab (bitcoins, crowdfunding & internet revenue models) and a project on the future of art criticism. From 2004-2012 he was also associate prof. at Mediastudies (MA new media program), University of Amsterdam. Since 2009 he is professor at the European Graduate School (Saas-Fee) where he supervises PhD students.

Mar 29 / Clayton Hayes

Digital Humanities Showcase – April 21, 2016

We want YOU to share your DH research, teaching, or other projects at our 2016 Digital Humanities Showcase, Thursday, April 21, 1-3pm, in 3339 FAB.

We are hoping to find four 20-minute presentations for this event. Group presentations or presentations featuring your students’ work are also welcome.  Please contact Lisa Maruca with participants’ names and a presentation title by April 1 if you are interested.

These presentations open to anyone interested at Wayne State University, so please feel free to pass this information along to colleagues.

Mar 11 / Clayton Hayes

Detroit Sunday Journal Digitized by WSU Libraries

The Detroit Sunday Journal, a weekly tabloid newspaper that was established in 1995 by striking union workers from the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, has recently been digitized and made publicly available by the Wayne State University Libraries. The newspaper covered current events, but also had a special focus on local news and labor issues. It published over 200 editions between November of 1995 and November of 1999, despite the strike formally ending in 1997.

More information on the collection can be found in this Detroit News article. The Detroit Sunday Journal collection can be accessed at:

Mar 10 / Clayton Hayes

WSU Library Announces Open Access Fund for Faculty

The Wayne State University Libraries recently announced the establishment of a fund for full-time faculty and researchers to help underwrite publication charges for fee-based, peer-reviewed, openly accessible scholarly venues. The fund seeks to support at least ten projects each year; applicants may accept one award per funding year, and may request up to $1000. Awarding will be  handled by the Library System, on a first come, first served basis. Further information, along with an application, may be accessed at

Open Access publishing can greatly increase the potential for discovery of a scholarly work by removing the barrier of (for example) purchasing a journal subscription or a single article. These costs are often prohibitive for a wide array of researchers and scholars, essentially barring access to, and therefore citation of, a large body of scholarly work. Publishing in an openly accessible venue, then, can not only raise the profile of the authors, but also can help to elevate the quality of scholarship in a field as a whole.

Mar 9 / Jennifer Hart

DH Projects: Accra Mobile

Accra Mobile (Jennifer Hart) – I am a professor in the History Department.  I am currently collecting data for a digital humanities project based in Accra, Ghana.  The project, currently called Accra Mobile, will provide an interactive, publicly-accessible map of the public transit (trotro) system in Accra.  In particular, the map uses video, audio, and photographic sources to bring the transport system to life on the screen.  In the process, it provides resources for student researchers and engages both the Ghanaian and the international public in a conversation about what motor transportation means and how it is experienced differently around the world.  To complete this project, I am collaborating with faculty, staff, and students at Michigan State University (MATRIX), Wayne State University, and Ashesi University (in Ghana).  I am also working closely with urban planners and development experts from the Accra Municipal Authority, the French Development Agency, the office of the Chief Justice of Ghana, and a number of other smaller organizations that are using technology to find alternative solutions to persistent development problems.  You can learn more about the project and our plans for its continued growth on my blog  You can also follow me on Twitter @detroittoaccra and @accramobile.

Mar 9 / Jennifer Hart

DH Courses: HONS 4260 (African Democracy Project)

African Democracy Project (HONS 4260/HIS 6000; Fall 2015, Fall 2016) (Jennifer Hart) – This course is available to students of all interests and backgrounds.  Students spend the semester learning about democracy in a particular African country through their own reading and conversation, as well as through interaction directly with experts in the field.  For two weeks during the semester, students travel to an African country where they observe elections and conduct fieldwork.  The culminating project is a website that integrates all of their class material and research (both process and final product).  In Fall 2015, the students went to Tanzania.  You can see both the general class blog and individual student projects at  In Fall 2016, students will go to Ghana.  Check out for the dates of information sessions and information on past projects.

Mar 1 / Clayton Hayes

New Joint NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced on their blog a new fellowship opportunity offered jointly by the NEH and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellowship seeks to address the growing prevalence of digital scholarship in the humanities, and according to the blog post:

“[…] to encourage scholars engaged in humanities research that requires digital formats and digital publication. Eligible projects must be conceived as digital because the nature of the research and the topics addressed demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. For example, for scholarship in fields like art history, musicology, or media studies, an interactive digital publication may allow the author to use multimedia to make arguments or illustrate critical points that would be otherwise difficult or impossible in traditional print formats.”

These fellowships are intended for individual researchers and scholars, and application guidelines can be found on the NEH website here. The application deadline for the initial cycle of NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication is April 28.

Feb 29 / Clayton Hayes

Case Studies and Examples for Evaluating Digital Scholarship

The College Art Association (CAA) and the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) recently developed and released Guidelines for the Evaluation of Digital Scholarship in Art and Architectural History. These guidelines grew out of a joint task force, funded by a Mellon grant, with the purpose of exploring existing guidelines and literature on digital scholarship, and through surveys of faculty and administrators in the fields of art and architectural history.

A blog post summarizing the contents of the guidelines can be found on the CAA blog here, and the guidelines can be found (along with many other resources) on either the SAH or CAA websites. Additionally, the Modern Language Association’s Guidelines for Evaluating Work in Digital Humanities and Digital Media, mentioned at the opening of the blog post, can be found here.

Feb 25 / Clayton Hayes

2016 Network Detroit Conference Announcement & Call for Papers

Save the Date

The 2016 Network Detroit conference is now on the calendar for Friday, September 30, 2016, followed by workshops and an unconference on Saturday, October 1. The theme of the weekend is Communities. If you are interested in presenting a paper or poster, or if you would like to organize a panel, lightning talk, or roundtable, please refer to our Call for Papers. Additional information, including guidelines for submission, are forthcoming and will be posted here and on the Network Detroit site.

As we are organizing, you can look for updates on Digital Humanities initiatives at Wayne State University and in and around Southeast Michigan on this blog, or through the DHatWayne Twitter.