A day with DH

I joined Center of Textual Studies and Digital humanities last semester as a Graduate Fellow.
And since then my every day here is learning new. Been a computer science student i am more inclined towards technical area because of which i love to learn how digital world is just taking over. Conducting workshops and lecture was always the fun part. Some really interesting were text mining, 3d printing &c. I always support girls towards tech and finally with the support of digital humanities department we will be starting a girls who code  club in loyola university from next session. For me DH is always DIGITAL HUMANS.. and worth a thought we humans are obsessed digitally nowadays.

– Neha Goel



DH is People

As another year’s #DayofDH draws to a close, I am reminded of my first #DayofDH four or five years ago. I was a new assistant professor at Loyola and I still remember how fervently I documented the projects that my students and I were working on throughout the day. Thursdays tended to be my day for weekly meetings, so there was much to capture.

Fast forward and now I’m the Director of Loyola’s Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities. While we have a range of wonderful projects in the Center, what got me out of bed (16 hours ago – it’s been a very long day) this and every morning are the people I get to work with. Every day brings me into contact with bright and generous students, staff, and faculty doing fascinating work across the university. Just today I had lunch with a former undergraduate whose work on a digital project led him to a degree in Digital Librarianship, talked to an incoming graduate students for our MA program about her hopes and dreams, reflected with a colleague on the Center’s talk last night by Marisa Parham, and had a current student share with me the game he’s been working on all semester. For me, DH is all about these interactions.

By way of closing out this day, I want to share an excerpt from a nomination for Loyola’s Ignatian Spirit Award / Staff of the Year Award my colleague and I submitted for the four fantastic undergraduate and graduate fellows who staff our DH Center. Too often these recommendation letters remain confidential, hiding from those we want to celebrate and the broader world how blessed we feel to be able to work with them. But let me share it here:

Each of our Fellows brings a different skill-set to the team. Francis, a MA student in Sociology, is a diligent communicator who thought up and planned a 10th Anniversary of the Nintendo Wii event as a way to discuss the past and future of game studies. Maria, a MA student in Digital Humanities, has taken on a leadership role in training new Fellows, other students, and even faculty members on OCR software, and has written numerous stories for our website. Ezgi, our first undergraduate Fellow, consistently contributes ideas of how our research center can support the work of undergraduates. Her eye to detail and level of enthusiasm is unmatched. Neha, a MA student in Computer Science, works swiftly and efficiently in a number of programming languages, and has begun an initiative to bring a chapter of the national organization, Girls Who Code, to Loyola. Together, the Fellows are a model of interdisciplinary collaboration. For instance, when Neha brought the idea of starting a Loyola division of Girls Who Code, Maria immediately researched and located a Plan20/20 grant we might apply to to support the initiative, Ezgi outlined valuable insights and logistical considerations for how to effectively run student clubs, Francis drew up a model of publicizing the program, and they all agreed to collaborate on drafting the grant.

It is difficult to keep these statements brief, because this only scratches the surface of the innovative and deeply passionate work that these students have done this year. Although they keep the Center up and running, this type of work is not merely administrative; it is care work. It is work that truly responds to and values their community, the University, and its mission. They represent the best of Loyola.

See you next #DayofDH!

-Kyle Roberts, Director of Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, Associate Professor, History

Project Design and Development

We’ve almost reached the end of the semester and I am so excited to have seen multiple DH initiatives come together this year. Notably, two graduating MA students will be defending their thesis projects by the month’s end: Julie Wroblewski, a trained archivist, is unveiling a project that she’s built from the ground up that maps Chicago’s literary history. Maria Palacio  has built a digital critical archive that makes available and analyzes periodical texts that report on Colombia’s conflicts between the government and the FARC: this is also CTSDH’s first-ever Spanish-language DH project, and we’re so excited to see it go live!

In my graduate seminar, Digital Humanities Design, students are wrapping up the projects they’ve designed over the course of one semester. Kelly Schmidt, a PhD student in the Public History program, is digitizing a rare British edition of Thomas Payne’s Common Sense. In doing so, she’s amassed a team of other interested graduate students and has worked closely with University Special Archives to design and implement an annotated digital edition of the text.

This evening I sat down with Lucas Coyne, a PhD student in the History program, to discuss his interactive narrative/video game Destory History. This game, in a “choose your own adventure” style, casts the player as the unwitting employee of an evil scientist, charged with destroying—or preserving—the past, and contending with the difference between how we remember the past and how we conceive of  “History” in the first place. Here’s a sneak peak of the back end, where Coyne is using the open-access tool Twine to create branches of narrative that move the player both across the game and through moments of history.

Coyne’s prototype (and a user survey) can be found here; he welcomes players to try it out!

The graduate students here at CTSDH are doing amazing work, and I’m so happy I get to see their projects develop from ideas to whiteboard-moments to prototypes to finished products. Happy day (by now it’s night!) of DH, everyone!

-Elizabeth Hopwood, Instructor, Center for Textual Studies & Digital Humanities

Day of DH and the Man Into Woman Project

Front page Le Libre des Vikings

Today I had a really fun day working in one of the DH projects sponsored by the CTSDH: The Man Into Woman Project, which aims to produce a comparative scholarly edition of Man Into Woman (or Fra Mand til Kvinde its original Danish version), by Lili Elbe, the one first identifiable recipients of a sex reassignment surgery. A print edition will be published by Bloomsbury Academic (London) and it will be accompanied by a digital archive hosted by Loyola University Chicago’s Libraries and supported by the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities. This digital archive will provide searchable versions of all four editions of this work (Danish, German, British and American) as well as the German typescript and the first English language translation of the Danish edition. It will allow users to study how a narrative of transgender was shaped by cultural values, linguistic choices, and editorial decisions.

Book scanner

The digital Archive will host several materials related to Lili Elbe’s life and work, including Le Livre des Vikings, written by CH. Guyot and illustrated by E. Wegener (Lili Elbe). Today we digitized the book using the Loyola University Archive’s book scanner.  Click here if you want to learn more about the Man Into Woman Project.

Happy #DayofDH from the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities at Loyola University Chicago.

By: Maria Palacio.
CTSDH Graduate Fellow

DH & Data Research

In keeping with the theme of the basic definition of DH, one that states that digital humanities in its simplest form consists of conducting humanities research with the help of a computer whether it is visualizations or data analysis, I spent my day of DH analyzing data sets on cardiovascular disease amongst college population samples for a Sociology of Global Health term paper while also using a computer to help analyze various visual ads for my Sociology of consumption final. Without the intersection of the Digital and the Humanities I would argue my research would be lacking. The aid of a computer, both for visualization and data analysis, allows me to obtain a fuller grasp of my research topics.


-Francis Flynn, CTSDH Graduate Fellow

Good Afternoon from Loyola

Good afternoon! I’m here at Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities. I am an undergraduate student worker, so my days typically consist of working on events or projects for the DH department here. Recently, I created a poster for the thesis defense event for our two graduating students receiving Master’s in DH. Next week we have an end of the year celebration, so today I’ve been working on compiling videos and pictures to create a video to recap our year. 2016-17 was filled with DH events ranging from lunchtime lectures, to conferences, to workshops. We even hosted a Transcribe-A-Thon celebrating Frederick Douglass’ birthday! As a student worker studying an unrelated field to DH, I’ve had the opportunity to learn a lot about digital humanities this year. Happy Day of DH!


-Ezgi Ilhan, CTSDH Undergraduate Fellow

Hello world!

Hello! Welcome to Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities Day of DH page. Follow us as our undergraduate students, graduate students, and staff blog about where DH takes them every day.