Critical Making/Digital Humanities

Fall 2013

VMS 551SL

Mark Olson, Robert Allen (UNC-CH), Matthew Booker (NCSU)


A renewed interest in materiality and “things” in contemporary humanistic discourse coincides with the growth of computer-based scholarly practices organized under the “big tent” of digital humanities. This course aims to explore the intersection of materiality and digitality in the humanities through a sustained practice of “critical making,” that is, hands-on exploration of new methods of mapping, modeling and visualizing historical material culture undertaken alongside critical contextualizations of these practices. Technologies include 3D modeling and acquisition, geospatial mapping, interactive game platforms, desktop fabrication, and gesture-based interfaces.

No previous technical experience is required; a willingness to learn, however, is essential.

For more information and/or a permission #, contact Mark Olson – mark.olson@duke.edu.

*On alternate Tuesdays, course participants will meet jointly at the National Humanities Center in the Research Triangle Park with students enrolled in digital humanities courses being taught at UNC-CH (by Prof. Robert Allen) and NCSU (by Professor Matthew Booker).