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Decoding Digital Humanities London reading group

By Lucy Stagg, on 25 February 2022

We’re delighted to help relaunch the Decoding Digital Humanities London reading groupDecoding Digital Humanities London (DDHL) is a bi-weekly reading group for anyone interested in research at the intersection of computational technologies and the humanities.

These gatherings will provide an opportunity to discuss readings, raise awareness of topics at the forefront of research, and spark new questions. DDHL aims to be place for connection for the digital humanities post-graduate community, but welcomes participation from anyone who is interested.

The series was originally set up by staff and students at UCLDH as a series of informal monthly meetings to get together and discuss matters of interest to our discipline. It has now expanded to be a London wide event and is currently organised by students from UCL, Michael Donnay and Anna Mladentseva.

2022 sessions

As part of an effort to make sessions more accessible, 3 sessions will meet virtually (via Zoom), while the other 3 will be in-person at UCL’s Bloomsbury Campus in London. Snacks will be provided for the in-person sessions. All sessions are 6:30-7:30pm London time. Register and get links to the articles for discussion here.

Session Topics

Wednesday, 2.3.22 – ONLINE DDHL reading group ‘Playing in the Metaverse: Video Games and the Humanities’

Wednesday, 16.3.22 – IN-PERSON DDHL reading group ‘Racism in AI: Algorithmic Reasoning in Educational Technologies’

Wednesday, 30.3.22 – ONLINE DDHL reading group ‘Digital Queer Witnessing: Archives, Immersion and 3D Technologies’

Wednesday, 27.4.22 – IN-PERSON DDHL reading group ‘Glitch Feminism: Error as Artmaking’

Wednesday, 11.5.22 – ONLINE DDHL Student Dissertation Presentations

Wednesday, 25.5.22 – IN-PERSON DDHL Staff Presentation – Topic TBD


UCLDH: James Cronin presents No “radical new beginning”: DH and SoTL

By Julianne Nyhan, on 7 November 2012

UCLDH is pleased to announce the following lecture by James Cronin on 13th December 2012 at 17:30.

Lecture: No “radical new beginning”: How can Digital Humanities benefit from engagement with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning community?

Speaker: James G. R. Cronin, University College Cork, Ireland

Abstract: In this presentation, James Cronin, an Ionad Bairre Fellow in Teaching
and Learning at University College Cork, will initially survey some
current uses of the definition “digital pedagogy” by the digital
humanities community. He will then critique histories and applications
of this definition and he will conclude this talk by suggesting
alternative ways of representing digital pedagogy with reference to
work in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), which is
steadily growing as an international community of reflective
practitioners in higher education.

Venue: Room G31 Foster Court, Gower St, WC1E 6BT London; followed by a
reception in the Arts and Humanities Common Room, Foster Court at 18:30

Please register for a place here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/4703336807

DDHL: The Residue of Uniqueness

By Anne Welsh, on 21 May 2012

Received from the Decoding Digital Humanities London mailing list:

DDH London will be meeting again on

* Wednesday 30 May 18:00 *

at The Plough, 27 Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LH

This month we will be reading:

McCarty, Willard (forthcoming). “The residue of uniqueness”. The Cologne Dialogue on Digital Humanities @ Wahn Manor House, 2012. Historical Social Research – Historische Sozialforschung. [pre-print pdf]

Please feel free to disseminate this announcement.

We look forward to seeing you in The Plough.

Best wishes,

Richard Lewis
ISMS, Computing
Goldsmiths, University of London


Follow announcements for DDH-L via the mailing list – decodingdh@ucl.ac.uk

DDH-London: April 25

By Oliver W Duke-Williams, on 17 April 2012

Decoding Digitial Humanities (London) returns on April 25, to discuss the paper:

Elaine G. Toms, Heather L. O’Brien, (2008) “Understanding the information and communication technology needs of the e-humanist”, Journal of Documentation, vol. 64(1), pp. 102 – 130. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1657905

We will meet at The Plough, 27 Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LH <http://g.co/maps/vftpw>

All are welcome,so please circulate this message!
For more information, please see the DDH-L website.

DDHL Meeting Next Week

By Anne Welsh, on 13 March 2012

Received from the Decoding Digital Humanities London mailing list this morning:

DDH London will be meeting again on
* Wednesday 28 March 18:00 *
at The Plough, 27 Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LH
This month we will be reading: Carlson, S., and Anderson, B. (2007). What are data? The many kinds of data and their implications for data re-use. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(2), article 15. <http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol12/issue2/carlson.html>
Please feel free to disseminate this announcement, which is
encapsulated in the following page: <http://tinyurl.com/6oukjsj>.
We look forward to seeing you in The Plough.
Best wishes,
Richard Lewis
ISMS, Computing
Goldsmiths, University of London
Follow announcements for DDH-L via the mailing list – decodingdh@ucl.ac.uk

DDH-L tonight

By Anne Welsh, on 22 February 2012

Received from the Decoding Digital Humanities London mailing list this morning:

DDHL is tonight at the Plough (WC1A 1LH) at 6pm.
This time we’ll chat about the impact of social media both as a research subject and as a way for the researcher to establish his/her presence through them. To give us something to get the conversation started, we suggest this reading:
Beer, D. (2008). Social network(ing) sites…revisiting the story so far: a response to danah boyd & Nicole Ellison. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Volume 13, pp. 210-230.

Follow announcements for DDH-L via the mailing list – decodingdh@ucl.ac.uk

2012: a busy year already

By Claire L H Warwick, on 14 February 2012

We are little more than a month into 2012 and already we have seen a lot of changes at UCLDH, so I thought it might be a good idea to write briefly about a few of them. It’s especially good to welcome back Melissa Terras, who was on maternity leave and sabbatical last year. Now that she is back full time we thought it would be a good idea formally to recognise her extremely important contribution to the centre, so from now on she and I are going to be Co-Directors. This makes sure that UCLDH still has the level of attention it deserves despite the fact that I’m now also Head of UCL Information Studies. I’m really looking forward to working with her as Co-Director, as we have on so many DH projects in the past.

One of the new initiatives that Melissa is leading is the creation of a new Multi-Modal Document Digitisation Suite. This is a joint initiative funded by the faculties of Arts and Humanities and Engineering and also by UCL Library services. A room has been found in the basement of the current Science Library, which will be converted to a secure digitisation suite, according to best practice guidelines. This will provide an excellent new facility for our growing number of research collaborations in document imaging, and a space that can also be used for teaching and research on the MA/MSc in DH. We are looking forward to offering a hands-on Digitisation module, and will be liaising closely with UCL Library and UCL Special Collections to digitise real content held at UCL as part of the student training program.

This year we have been concentrating a lot of our efforts on the Masters programme, and on teaching in general, and have welcomed several new PhD students to the centre. In this context, we’re especially pleased to be part of a new AHRC Skills training initiative in DH that has just been funded. It will be led by Cambridge, and we’ll be collaborating with DDH at KCL and HATII at Glasgow to develop a new training programme in the use of social media for research for early career scholars and PhD students. We’ve been doing rather well on AHRC networks of various kinds just recently. Melissa and I are also looking forward to starting work on the Community‐powered transformations network led by David Gauntlett of the University of Westminster. Melissa will also be collaborating on the Dig Where You Stand project, led by our DIS colleague Andrew Flinn. More about all these projects will appear here soon.

We haven’t been able to run our usual events programme this year. This is partly because we’ve been establishing the new MA programme and also because, for various complicated administrative reasons we have been unable to replace Rosella lo Conte, who left in the summer, as Centre Co-ordinator. We should be advertising for a new coordinator in the next month or so (watch this space…) but until we do we just don’t have the person-power to run events. However, fear not, they’ll be back next academic year, and until then everyone is welcome to attend the newly revitalised DDH London discussion group. We are delighted that its organisation is now shared between PhD students at UCLDH, DDH (the department!) and Goldsmiths, and are looking forward to hearing about what they are planning to discuss at future meetings.

Finally, I’d like to welcome a new member of staff to UCLDH. Dave Beavan has joined us from Glasgow University to be our new Research Manager. Dave will be helping us to develop, coordinate and run new research proposals, and is keen to meet people at UCL and beyond who would like to work with us on DH research. So please do get in touch with Dave if you have an idea you’d like to discuss or are looking for possible research collaborators.

Decoding Digital Humanities London is back!

By Claire S Ross, on 26 January 2012

Decoding Digital Humanities London (DDHL) is back and it is bigger than ever! The series was founded at here at UCLDH  and has now grown to include a larger number of institutions across London. PhD, MA students and staff at UCL, King’s College London and Goldmisth’s University of London are amongst the organizers this year.  It’s going to be great to see what all the new faces and perspectives bring to the conversation.

DDH is a series of informal monthly meetups ( in the pub of course) for anyone interested in research at the intersection of computational technologies and the humanities. These gatherings provide an opportunity to discuss readings and raise questions, but also to chat and share ideas with others in the field of digital humanities.

The first meeting  of 2012  will be on: 31st January at 6.30pm

Location: The Plough (upstairs), 27 Museum st, WC1A 1LH.

The topic up for discussion is the Digital Humanities Manifesto

Hope to see you there!

DDH #11 Coming up on 23rd March

By Claire S Ross, on 7 March 2011

The next DDH, number 11, will be held on the 23rd March.  The topic of this Decoding Digital Humanities will involve discussions about “A Day in the Life of Digital Humanities 2011”.

Start: Mar 23, 2011 5:30:00 PM

End: Mar 23, 2011 7:30:00 PM

Location: G24, Foster Court, UCL

A Day in the Life of Digital Humanities (Day of DH 2011) is a project documenting a day of computing humanists around the world on March 18th, 2011. More details about Day of DH 2011 can be found at: http://tapor.ualberta.ca/taporwiki/index.php/Day_in_the_Life_of_the_Digital_Humanities_2011.

You can get a feel about what some of the UCLDH team got up to last year here.  We want to hear peoples experiences, who took part and why.  Is it a good project, how could it be expanded?

There is also a reading:

Rockwell et al 2010: A Day in the Life of Digital Humanities. Digital Humanities 2010. (pp.208-211). London: Office for Humanities Communication. in HTML, PDF,or  XML

We have also decided to change locations of DDH.  The Wheatsheaf was incredibly noisy, despite it serving a decent pint, we couldn’t hear ourselves think. So we shall be trying inside UCL for a change.  Foster Court has a new Common Room, with lovely red sofas.  Wine will be provided!

Hope to see you there.

UCL: The week in digital humanities events

By Rudolf Ammann, on 7 February 2011

We’ve been working on the UCLDH Events section. New and improved, the section now offers a chronological view of upcoming events and sports separate feeds for the individual event series: Decoding Digital Humanities, Painless Introductions and Digital Excursions. UCLDH events will no longer be announced here on the DH blog but event reminders will continue, and weekly batches might be one way of posting such reminders.

Without further ado, here’s the week’s programme:

Both events are held in Bloomsbury, they’re open to the public, they’re free of charge, and we hope to see you there!