The Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria constitutes the largest annual gathering of North American digital humanists. 21 members of the UC Berkeley community, including students, faculty, and staff, will be attending DHSI this year. They come from departments around campus, such as New Media, History, Spanish & Portuguese, Research IT, and the Library. Attendees will be participating in classes that range from methodology to critical engagements, including:

  • Feminist Digital Humanities: Theoretical, Social, and Material Engagements
  • Data, Math, Visualization, and Interpretation of Networks: An Introduction
  • Conceptualising and Creating a Digital Documentary Edition
  • Fundamentals of Programming/Coding for Human(s|ists)
  • Advanced Criticism and Authoring of Electronic Literature

During lunch and after classes, attendees have the opportunity to explore and present research in both formal and informal settings, such as spontaneously organized unconferences. Two graduate students, Bonnie Ruberg (Comparative Literature, Gender and Women’s Studies, New Media) and DH Fellow Scott Paul McGinnis (History) will be presenting their research as part of the ongoing DHSI colloquium.

Bonnie Ruberg will present a talk titled “#nohomo: Mapping the Social Functions of Homophobic Twitter Hashtags”. Homophobic discourse is hardly new to the internet, yet the internet is giving homophobic discourse new forms with new social implications. Bonnie uses the software tool Constellate, developed by Berkeley’s Digital Humanities “Net Difference” collective, to trace the circulation and communicative functions of the Twitter hashtag #nohomo. See the full abstract here.

Scott McGinnis will be presenting a poster, “Toward a Better Digital Edition: The History of the Han, a digital-literary combined edition”, which discusses his recent project, supported by a DH at Berkeley Collaborative Research Grant. View the abstract here. Scott will be attending the “Advanced TEI Concepts / TEI Customisation” course at this year’s DHSI. Scott blogs about various DH topics at his personal blog,

Quinn Dombrowski, Digital Humanities Coordinator at Research IT, will be teaching “Drupal for Digital Humanities Projects”, a course that covers Drupal installation and configuration, developing and implementing a data model for a project site, using Drupal's UI to query data and developing search and browsing interfaces, importing and exporting data, maintaining a Drupal site. Quinn will also be teaching a similar course at the inaugural DH at Berkeley Summer Institute in August. Researchers and staff can also troubleshoot their Drupal questions and share training resources at the twice-monthly Drupal Developers Circle at D-Lab, which will resume July 16th.

Interested in attending DHSI 2016? Learn more about tuition scholarships, discounts, and cohort building activities available to UC Berkeley affiliates here.