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Computational Pondering within the Humanities

As beforehand announced, REL has established its personal digital lab (RELdl), directed by Prof. Jeri Wieringa. The lab is an outgrowth of REL’s lengthy funding in integrating computing expertise into the lifetime of the Division and its diploma applications; amongst our targets is to see the lab inject vitality and experience into quite a lot of collaborative analysis tasks and curricular initiatives.

On this vein, we’re providing REL 503 Strategies for the Digital Examine of Faith for the primary time this semester — a one credit score hour course, supplied every semester (going down on two weekends), repeatable as much as 4 occasions.

As described within the Graduate Catalog:

This graduate seminar introduces college students to strategies for the digital research of faith with a concentrate on the interfaces that allow computationally mediated scholarship. College students will sort out two core points in digital scholarship: the event of computational analysis questions and the design and creation of digital textual content. Every scholar will develop a proof of idea for a computation-driven analysis query of their chosen subject of research and an online web page that introduces their challenge thought. The course is structured round a collection of intensive, hands-on and collaborative workshops, the primary targeted on questions of computation and the second on net growth.

Every semester the matters addressed by Prof. Wieringa will change, guaranteeing that the scholars enrolled have a sensible crash course into the fundamentals of digital humanities work, similar to computational evaluation and even writing code.

Starting within the Spring 2022 semester, REL will usually supply two sections of REL 503 every semester, one for it’s personal graduate college students and one tailor-made for graduate college students enrolled in different Social Science and Humanities applications in A&S. We’ll quickly be promoting this to adjoining Departments however now’s the time to start out getting the phrase out.

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