This page collects posts on courses I am teaching or have taught in the past.
Tenen, Dennis and Grant Wythoff. “Sustainable Authorship in Plain Text Using Pandoc and Markdown.” ↩
Introduction to Plain Text Workflows and Sustainable Publishing
Disclaimer 1: many of the ideas have been inspired by the work of Alex Gil (@elotroalex) and Denis Tenen (@dennistenen)1 and discussions with the two of them and others at DHI Beirut, THATCamp Beirut, and DHSI.
Disclaimer 2: I am teaching short workshops on some of the ideas outlined in this post at Digital Humanities Institute - Beirut on 10 March 2017 and at DH Abu Dhabi on 10 April 2017. Basic slides are available here and here.
In the world of (academic) publishing, large aggregators and indexers have turned into and acquired publishing presses and generate obscene profits by charging the public (every tax-payer worldwide) multiple times over. First by charging the predominantly publicly-funded academic for publishing the results of her publicly-funded research and by enforcing a culture of pro bono labour among academic reviewers and editors; second by selling this content to equally predominantly publicly-funded libraries, which then increasingly demand access fees from members of the public, who want to access their collections; and third by offloading the cost of long-term preservation to, again, publicly-funded institutions. This system not only created a hierarchy of academics and institutions in the relatively well-off “West”—two classes divided by their ability to pay for being published and accessing publications (their own and others). It also increasingly prevents anybody outside western academia from accessing cutting-edge research and participating in intellectual discourse.
Text Encoding Fundamentals and their Application
From analogue documents to electronic texts: Introduction to TEI XML editing in multilingual environments
Context: Digital Humanities Institute - Beirut 2015, AUB, 2-6 March 2015continue reading ...
The Shitting Duck: Mechanisierung, Magie und Sozio-technische Systeme
Ever since the beginnings of the Enlightenment, the importance of automatons, mechanization, and algorithmic methods has steadily increased. While the first automatons were built with the intention to imitate life in one way or another, it was the second generation that played a major part in the industrial revolution: Instead of imitating life, they begin to replace it by taking over tasks which were previously carried out by human workers. With the second industrial revolution, mechanization becomes technology and previously unconnected individual machines become integrated in a larger socio-technical context consisting of a net of interwoven actions by humans and machines.continue reading ...
Praxisbezug der Islamwissenschaft
My German-speaking blog for the mandatory under-graduate course “Praxisbezug der Islamwissenschaft”, titled “Recherchieren, lesen, diskutieren, schreiben: Eine Einführung in die Geisteswissenschaften entlang Edward Saids ‘Orientalism’,” which I taught during the winter term 2011/12 at Freie Universität Berlin, is hosted by the university.continue reading ...