For all undergraduates interested in Digital Humanities, there is a very exciting opportunity coming up to get more involved in the field, have your work showcased, and meet other undergrads and professors who share your DH interests. The symposium is called Re:Humanities 2013 and is organized by the Re:Humanities group, consisting of undergraduate students from Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore Colleges. As the only national DH conference run by and for students, Re:Humanities explores all aspects of digital scholarship through multimodal approaches. The symposium, this year at Haverford College, will take place on April 4th and 5th, and the group has extended its deadline for proposals/papers until next Friday, December 7th. Follow group updates on Twitter with the hashtag #rehum13, and check out the video from last year’s event for more information:
Penn undergrads interested in DH are especially encouraged to submit a proposal, based either on a project you’ve already completed or one that you’re interested in starting. Our staff at WIC would be excited to help you with whichever project you choose. Project ideas can be found by exploring some of our resources here at WIC, whether on our Student Work Showcase page, or in our various blog posts (see some of my posts on Demystifying the Digital Humanities, Playing Games with Metadata, and the Penn Humanities Forum, for examples of some DH ideas).
Re:Humanities also encourages “transmedia storytelling,” which could be a very fun and less complicated project than, say, data or text mining. Here at WIC, we often use Storify to capture our events, by creating a narrative from pictures, tweets, Facebook posts, and participant comments that accumulate over the course of an event. See our Gadget Day and Symposium Storifies as examples. Such a digital story could be especially interesting to recount current events, for example, highlights of the 2012 election. If you’re not into storytelling, you could think about some other topics that those at WIC have explored in the past: creating a mashup video, a comic book, or an interactive Google map.
These are just a few ideas that you can explore. Please come talk to us if you need help developing or carrying out an idea. The deadline is next Friday, December 7, and we wouldn’t want you to miss this DH opportunity!