Demystifying the Digital Humanities

Autumn Quarter

We are pleased to invite registration for this quarter's Demystifying Digital Humanities workshops on Saturday October 5th and Saturday October 19th from 9:30-1:00 p.m. at the Simpson Center for the Humanities (CMU 202).

You can register for the autumn workshops via Catalyst:

Demystifying Digital Humanities is a year-long workshop series sponsored by the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities and the UW Textual Studies Program. Each quarter will have two workshops on Saturday mornings from 9:30-1:00, with breakfast provided.

This workshop series will be aimed at members of the UW community who are interested in the digital humanities, but lack experience and/or familiarity with the available resources. Our primary intended audience is graduate students in the humanities departments on campus, and recent graduates of UW Humanities Ph.D. programs. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. The autumn workshops will provide an overview of the major concerns of digital humanities and provide guidance for creating and managing an online professional identity. For more information, see or contact Paige Morgan (, Sarah Kremen-Hicks (, or Brian Gutierrez (

You can also find more information about digital humanities at the UW by visiting our main website, What is “Demystifying?”

The workshop series will present a guided introduction to the points of intersection between traditional and digital humanities, including how traditional humanities approaches and questions are used or translated in DH studies, and identifying major DH subfields and their goals. Workshops will clarify what skills and competencies are (and are not) necessary in order to get started in DH. They will provide a guided tour to major resources available for self-development, and how to evaluate and choose between them.

What if you participated in last year's workshops?

Because DMDH is focused on making DH open and accessible, we opted to keep running introductory workshops for a second year, in order to make it possible for more people to join in. Some of our content, then, will be similar to last year's. However, for each workshop, we're iterating and making improvements. In the fall quarter, while the first workshop, "The Digital Humanities and You," will be largely similar to last year's, the second workshop, on managing and professionalizing your academic identity, will be substantially revised.

We don't think you'll be bored if you come back to repeat the workshops -- even in the last year, the field of digital humanities has been changing. Moreover, the workshops will keep their informal style, where participants' questions help drive the conversation. We would encourage you to come to the workshops not only to refresh and develop your DH knowledge, but to meet other people who are interested in DH, and find potential collaborators.

We also think you'll be interested in our Development and Feedback Session for Fall Quarter (November 7, 12:30-2 p.m., Simpson Center). Stay tuned for more information on what that will involve.

You can register for the autumn workshops via Catalyst: