Digital Humanities Research Highlights @ Zoom
Sep 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Digital Humanities Research Highlights @ Zoom

This event will present the four digital humanities research projects that were funded in the 2020 Summer MSU Digital Humanities Seed Grants in a series of lightning talks. The talks will be on the following projects:

  • ‘Level 101 — A Video Game about Video Games’ – Justin Wigard
  • ‘Transferring the website “Legacies of the Enlightenment” to MSU Commons’ – Valentina Denzel, Tracy Rutler, and Michael Stokes
  • ‘CURBED3: Using DH Visualization to Understand Locality, Cultural Identity, and the Public Imaginary’ – Divya Victor, Julian Chambliss, and Natalie Phillips
  • ‘The Puerto Rico Disaster Archive’ – Christina Boyles

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Digital Humanities Distinguished Lecture: Victoria Szabo, “The Virtual in the Digital: Post-DH Approaches to Collaborative Scholarly Practice” @ Zoom
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Digital Humanities Distinguished Lecture: Victoria Szabo, "The Virtual in the Digital: Post-DH Approaches to Collaborative Scholarly Practice" @ Zoom

Digital Humanities at MSU (DH@MSU) presents an annual Distinguished Lecture to the community, in which a speaker from off campus showcases their work. For 2020, the Distinguished Lecture is presented by Victoria Szabo, Research Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Duke University, on “The Virtual in the Digital: Post-DH Approaches to Collaborative Scholarly Practice.”

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Locus: Intersections of Digital Technology and Gender Studies @ Zoom
Nov 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Locus: Intersections of Digital Technology and Gender Studies @ Zoom

This virtual Locus event will provide a collegial forum for scholars in any discipline to share research developments at any stage (including brainstorming, works in progress, and/or fully developed projects), as well as ideas and best practices for teaching. Presentations and conversation will cover a variety of topics specific to digital technologies and gender studies. Please join us!

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MSU & Humanities Commons Presents Online Communities & Transformative Justice
Mar 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
MSU & Humanities Commons Presents Online Communities & Transformative Justice

A Conversation and Core Deposit Party

Join MSU Commons on March 30th from 12 to 1:30pm EDT for Online Communities and Transformative Justice, an opportunity to discuss the potential for online communities to engage in anti-racist praxis, transformative justice, and ethical community engagement. There will be a panel discussion with a series of 5-7 minute lightning talks around the subject, followed by a keynote, “Harnessing Good Intentions: Online Communities and Sustained Commitment to Racial Equity & Diversity,” delivered by Dr. Jan Miyake, Associate Professor of Music Theory at Oberlin College.

The Humanities Commons network, of which MSU Commons is a part, is a free and open online community with an expanding reach. With over 26,000 members, Humanities Commons has become a visible place for members to share their scholarly work and connect with one another regardless of field, language, institutional affiliation, or form of employment. MSU Commons is the first institutional node on the Commons network, and is due to roll out to the full campus later this year. Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Project Director of Humanities Commons, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University will give opening remarks.

After the program the panel will be available to answer questions and meeting attendees will be encouraged to deposit work of their own into CORE. Commons Open Repository Exchange, or CORE, is a library-quality, noncommercial repository that provides members with a permanent, open access storage facility for sharing, discovering, retrieving, and archiving scholarly output. A short video on CORE can be found on the Commons YouTube channel. Syllabi, learning materials, handouts, articles, and other works on this topic or others are welcome to be deposited.

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Creative Arts Activities (day one)
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Global Digital Humanities Symposium @ Zoom
Apr 12 – Apr 15 all-day
Global Digital Humanities Symposium @ Zoom

Digital Humanities at Michigan State University is proud to extend its symposium series on Global DH into its sixth year. Digital humanities scholarship continues to be driven by work at the intersections of a range of distinct disciplines and an ethical commitment to preserve and broaden access to cultural materials. The most engaged global DH scholarship, that which MSU champions, values digital tools that enhance the capacity of scholarly critique to reflect a broad range of literary, historical, new media, and cultural positions, and diverse ways of valuing cultural production and knowledge work. Particularly valuable are strategies in which the digital form manifests a critical perspective on the digital content and the position of the researcher to their material.

With the growth of the digital humanities, particularly in under-resourced and underrepresented areas, a number of complex issues surface, including, among others, questions of ownership, cultural theft, virtual exploitation, digital rights, endangered data, and the digital divide. We view the 2021 symposium as an opportunity to broaden the conversation about these issues. Scholarship that works across borders with foci on transnational partnerships and globally accessible data is especially welcome.

Michigan State University has been intentionally global for more than 60 years, with over 1,400 faculty involved in international research, teaching, and service. For the past 20 years, MSU has developed a strong research area in culturally engaged, global digital humanities. Matrix, a digital humanities and social science center at MSU, has done dozens of digital projects in West and Southern Africa that have focused on ethical and reciprocal relationships and capacity building. WIDE has set best practices for doing community engaged, international, archival work with the Samaritan Collections, Archive 2.0. Today many scholars in the humanities at MSU are engaged in digital projects relating to global, indigenous, and/or underrepresented groups and topics.

Find out more about this free and fully virtual event, including the Call for Proposals and Registration information at

Creative Arts Activities (day two)
Apr 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm