The day before Day of DH 2014

I’m currently on sabbatical at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I’m writing a book about digital self-representations with the working title Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves. 

For the Day of DH tomorrow I’m planning to focus on the most digital methods and tools-ish things I need to do this week.

First I have to put in at least 20 minutes of writing on my book project. Which is a humanities approach to the digital and to digital tools, but doesn’t really involve digital tools.

Then I’m going to finalize my sample and finish adding data on dissertations on electronic literature to the ELMCIP Knowledge Base of Electronic Literature so that I can update my network visualizations in Gephi and make the final changes to my paper analyzing genres of electronic literature based on this network analysis. I presented the paper at the ELO conference in Paris last year, but need to add a few more dissertations and make quite sure that the sample makes sense – all known dissertations between two specific dates would be good, right now there are a few outliers I think. The paper is to be published in the May issue of EBR: the Electronic Book Review, so it needs to be finished soon. If you’re interested in this kind of visualization, I wrote a tutorial last year  which includes a ready-made Gephi file with 32 dissertations about electronic literature and the creative works they reference.

Here’s the genre map from the earlier version of the paper, which I hope to update beautifully tomorrow:

If I can fit it in, I’ll also get to work preparing a talk I’m doing with my husband and collaborator Scott Rettberg at Wilfred Laurier University near Toronto about the ELMCIP project, how we’ve built and used the knowledge base, about the visualizations we’ve done, and about how we’ve designed practical research courses for undergrads on digital humanities. We were invited by Jeremy Hunsinger, who teaches in  Communications Studies at WLU and is the co-editor of several really useful anthologies, and are excited to get to meet up with him and his colleagues.