Author Archives: Eduard Boguslavsky

Journal 2/7: Why platforms make good projects

When I went to the lighting talks on the first day of NYCDH Week, most projects were of the platform and tool building variety. I was very impressed by these projects, but it was Professor Brier accepting his award and discussing his work quantifying coal strikes had such an immediate effect on me. Clearly, I […]

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A digital memorial to lynching

Just today, I found a new project that covers many of the requirements I had previously outlined for a temporal and spatial representing of lynching in the U.S. Additional ideas I had, such as representing various associations between lynching and other phenomena remain worthwhile, but would require too much redundant effort to propose as a group project. Nevertheless, […]

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Bridge digital and conventional history

For the work on my final project, I am revisiting our early readings on digital history—its uses, origins, and cautionary tales. I am obviously compelled by the exciting opportunities digital spaces invite for historians. These are well articulated by Rosenzweig and Cohen (n.d.). I found interesting some of the challenges they cite to their view, […]

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Course on Distant Reading

Hey all, I am course-shopping, as I imagine some of you are, and came upon a class really relevant to our class. In fact, the description puts a spotlight on Moretti, so I thought I’d share: 

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Mapping Terror: Lynchings and Demography

Background Earlier this year, I became interested in work being done by the Equal Justice Initiative. Specifically, the organization had put out a report, Lynching in America, based on research they did to document lynchings between 1877 and 1950. In doing so, they collected data on more than 800 previously unreported lynchings. Using a data supplement and basic […]

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Data Visualization with Micki Kaufman

First off, let me say that this was not a tutorial. I followed along on some of work Micki Kaufman did in Tableau and Gephi, but this session was not meant to be a tutorial. Instead, we learned from Micki’s tremendous experience the practices that make effective, scholarly presentations of data. I will highlight some […]

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Marina Abramović interviewed by Manoush Zomorodi

This is not particularly related to our conversations, but likely of tangential interest to some of you. Note to Self is a podcast that discusses the reticent, even uncomfortable, but necessary relationship we have with technology that is everywhere. I find the conversations there very relevant to our moment. The actual interview begins at 4:30. […]

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  • Welcome to Digital Praxis 2016-2017

    Encouraging students think about the impact advancements in digital technology have on the future of scholarship from the moment they enter the Graduate Center, the Digital Praxis Seminar is a year-long sequence of two three-credit courses that familiarize students with a variety of digital tools and methods through lectures offered by high-profile scholars and technologists, hands-on workshops, and collaborative projects. Students enrolled in the two-course sequence will complete their first year at the GC having been introduced to a broad range of ways to critically evaluate and incorporate digital technologies in their academic research and teaching. In addition, they will have explored a particular area of digital scholarship and/or pedagogy of interest to them, produced a digital project in collaboration with fellow students, and established a digital portfolio that can be used to display their work. The two connected three-credit courses will be offered during the Fall and Spring semesters as MALS classes for master’s students and Interdisciplinary Studies courses for doctoral students.

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