Call for Participants 2024 is now closed

We seek participants interested in developing a conceptual foundation for understanding the assumptions made in common DH methods, such as statistics, network analysis, and text mining and analysis. The workshops will introduce participants to mathematical notation, theories, and application using a learner-centered, case-study approach, contextualizing each lesson with real humanities data and questions. We seek a diverse cohort of participants doing DH research, instruction, and/or related scholarship who wish to learn about the mathematics behind common DH methods, especially those who have not had access to this training before.

The first two workshops will be held in person, hosted by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University in August 2024. Additional courses will be held in person and online in 2025 and 2026. Accepted participants’ travel and lodging expenses will be covered.

2024 Workshop Descriptions

Statistics, August 3-5, 2024

Participants will learn to program in R to run statistical tests and write functions to express statistical ideas in a guided, scaffolded, and structured way. Prior to the workshop, participants will download and install R and RStudio, and the instructor will offer virtual office hours to troubleshoot any installation issues. During the workshop, participants will learn how to create data visualizations, as well as calculate and interpret the meaning of measures of central tendency, variance, hypothesis tests, and other statistical methods in response to humanistic questions with quantitative and qualitative (categorical) data.

Graphs and Networks, August 10-12, 2024

Participants will learn to construct and analyze graphs and networks using real-world examples related to humanistic questions and research agendas. Throughout the workshop, participants will become familiar with the mathematical concepts that are foundational to networks as they learn to format network data, analyze and interpret network structures. They will emerge from this workshop with a knowledge of the relationship between graphs and networks; the underlying mathematical concepts of a network; how to format humanities data for network analysis; and how to quantitatively analyze and interpret network structures. They will also be introduced to popular cross-platform digital humanities tools for the visualization and analysis of networks.

August 2024 Workshop Instructors

Jessica Otis is an Assistant Professor of History and a director at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. She is both a digital humanist and an historian of mathematics, who received her M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia before pursuing a Ph.D. in History. She is experienced at teaching mathematics to humanist audiences, including the network analysis course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, the history of mathematics as an undergraduate course in both departments of mathematics and history, and introductory calculus courses for non-major undergraduate students.
Ashley Sanders is Vice Chair of Digital Humanities at UCLA, where she offers courses in applied statistics for humanistic research, text analysis, and computational humanistic research. Her current book project, *Visualizing History's Fragments* (Palgrave, Forthcoming) is an introduction to computational methods situated in a historical case study and based on her rich instructional and educational research experience. Prior to graduate school, Ashley worked in mathematics education research for four years at Western Michigan University, taught mathematics at Kalamazoo Central High School and served on the district's mathematics curriculum committee for two years. She holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialization in Digital Humanities from Michigan State University and a B.S. in both History and Mathematics Secondary Education from Western Michigan University.

We welcome anyone doing DH research, pedagogy, and/or related scholarship who wishes to learn about the mathematics behind common DH methods. Participants may include but are not limited to people working at non-profits and cultural heritage institutes; tenure-line faculty, contingent faculty, and advanced graduate students from university and college humanities and humanistic social science departments; librarians, archivists, and museum staff; and independent scholars and creators. We particularly encourage applications from people in traditionally underrepresented, marginalized, and disempowered groups.

We are committed to creating accessible workshops. Anyone who wishes to discuss accessibility before applying may contact and we will touch base with all accepted participants about any accessibility needs this spring.

The call for applications for the 2024 Statistics and Network Analysis workshops is now open and available until February 15, 2024, 11:59PM Eastern. Applicants who wish to apply to both workshops should apply separately for each workshop.

Apply by emailing a 1-page statement of interest, which explains why attending either the Statistics or the Network Analysis workshop will be beneficial to you, to

Acceptance notifications will be sent in early April.

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