This research methods course for graduate students and faculty is built around the contributions of visiting scholar, William D. Davies (University of Iowa). Based on his experience with the Madurese Digital Folk Tale Archive, Professor Davies will conduct several workshop-like sessions in which he will share with interested faculty and graduate students the process of documenting, preserving and providing access to culturally significant knowledge—from securing funding through implementation of the project. Davies’s and Dubinsky’s instruction time will also be significantly augmented by guest lectures from 11 other faculty members and advanced graduate students pursuing DH projects from a diverse array of humanities and social science disciplines, in addition to programmers and specialists from the Center for Digital Humanities staff. This course has been approved for graduate credit in ENGL, LING, and POLI.
In this course, students will learn how to: evaluate the research potential of an idea, and how to turn that into a concrete project; find and manage resources for their project; find and use the right tools for their digital project; anticipate and deal with potential logistic, conceptual, and technical problems that may present challenges to their research objectives; frame a hypothetical or actual project idea for grant applications; and, look at grant opportunities and be able to discern which ones are appropriate for their own research. A complete course description and syllabus can be found on the course website.