The English Department’s Digital Humanities initiative is dedicated to promoting and cataloguing department-based projects which utilize new technologies in order to inform and further our pedagogy. By aligning with other digital humanities ventures on the Boston College campus and in the greater Boston area, we intend for this site to serve as a resource for those wishing to incorporate digital humanities practices in their courses. Click the links below to find out how new technologies are informing our teaching, and how you can get involved.
This year's James Joyce conference, “Joyce & the Digital Humanities,” took place on April 5 at Higgins Hall. Presented by Professor Joseph Nugent and the Institute for Liberal Arts, the event included an introduction by The Consul-General of Ireland, Breandán Ó Caollaí, a keynote address by Fintan O'Toole and presentations by Orla Murphy and Sean Latham.
Forgotten Chapters of Boston's Literary History
In the spring of 2012, Paul Lewis, working with a team of BC English majors, curated an exhibition called "Forgotten Chapters of Boston's Literary History” at the Boston Public Library and Massachusetts Historical Society. As part of the exhibit, Lewis created a website that includes "chapters" from the show, audio files of introductions, recitations, and discussions, and an interactive map of Literary Boston.
Professor Joseph Nugent made international news in the summer of 2012 when he launched the “JoyceWays” iOS app. Created with assistance from Boston College students and the Office of Instructional Design and eTeaching Services the app guides users through James Joyce’s Dublin. For more information, please read about the app on Boston College’s website.
Professor Nugent’s May 2012 course culminated in a groundbreaking collaborative project: an iBook guide to James Joyce’s stories written by students for students.
In the fall of 2013, Professor Christopher Boucher directed twenty students in his Magazine Editing and Publishing class towards creating the first issue of 671 Magazine. The magazine chronicles the progress of the course, and features industry-related articles written and edited by students.
Walking Infinite Jest
To supplement his Spring 2014 course on David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, Professor Boucher created a companion website which links various types of resources—critical, biographical, and geographical—so as to offer students several ways of mapping the novel.
As a member of The Boston Digital Humanities Consortium Boston College is committed to the consortium’s engagement in the “collaborative development of teaching, learning, and scholarship in the digital humanities and computational social sciences.” The English Department’s Digital Humanities Initiative hopes to draw focus to those efforts which speak most directly to the English Department, and to foster a community of scholars who share an interest in this field.
This Friday, April 11, Jim McGrath will hold an informal talk about Peer-to-Peer Digital Humanities in Stokes Hall S476. Mr. McGrath is the Project Co-Director of “Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive,” a Fellow in the Northeastern University Lab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, and the Bibliographic Developer for Digital Humanities Quarterly.
Lunch will be served. Graduate students and faculty are encouraged to attend.