Textual Studies Program

New: Textual and Digital Studies at UW

A new, more flexible credential emphasizing links between textual studies, students’ home disciplines, and the digital humanities. 

Beginning in 2016-17, students enrolled in any MA or PhD program at UW can complete a Graduate Certificate in Textual and Digital Studies. For information about certificate requirements, courses, and how to sign up, click here. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Geoffrey Turnovsky at gt2@uw.edu or Jeffrey Todd Knight at jtknight@uw.edu.


2016-17 Colloquium Events


18 October 2016: Welcome Back Happy Hour/Certificate Info Session, 3:30pm in Communications 204


19 October 2016: Hannah Alpert-Abrams (Texas) and Sarah Faulkner (UW), 3:30pm in Communications 202


11 January 2017: Eric Gidal (Iowa), 3:30pm in Communications 202, cosponsored by the Anthropocene Research Cluster


27 April 2017: Rachel Sagner Buurma (Swarthmore), 3:30pm in the Petersen Room in Suzzallo Library (please note the date and location have changed)


18 May 2017: Daniel Shore (Georgetown), 3:30pm in Communications 202


23 May 2017: Scott Trudell (Maryland), 4pm, location TBD.


Latest News

  • Rachel Sagner Buurma (Swarthmore) 4/27

    April 10, 2017

    Textual Studies

    Rachel Sagner Buurma (Swathmore)

    Rachel Sagner Buurma (Swarthmore) will be giving a talk entitled “The Preparation of the Victorian Novel and the Preparation of the Topic Model” on April 27, 2017 at 3:30pm, in the Petersen Room in Allen Library for the Material Texts Colloquium (please note the date and location have changed). All are welcome. Abstract: In this talk…

  • TDS Certificate Capstone

    February 10, 2017

    Textual Studies

    Hoping to complete the Textual and Digital Studies Certificate? The final requirement for the certificate is a 1-credit capstone in which the student presents and workshops a sample of their on-going work in the Material Texts colloquium. This spring quarter, we’ll be offering a catch-all micro-seminar for this, under the auspices of the Simpson Center…

  • Graduate Certificate Enrollment

    February 9, 2017

    Textual Studies

    We’ve opened up a Catalyst application form for the Graduate Certificate! Please complete this form if you are interested in completing the Textual and Digital Studies certificate, no matter where you are in the program: about to finish, midway, or just applying into it. That way, we can enter the appropriate codes for you so…

  • UPDATE: MLQ Conference info posted!

    April 21, 2015

    Jeffrey Knight


    Coming to UW May 15-16: MLQ-hosted conference Scale and Value: New Digital Approaches to Literary History. See http://scaleandvalue.tumblr.com for schedule, paper abstracts, and information on presenters, including Jim English, Günter Leypoldt, Hoyt Long, Heather Love, Laura Mandell, Sharon Marcus, Mark McGurl, Richard Jean So, and Ted Underwood.

  • Modern Language Quarterly Conference on Digital Approaches to Literary History

    September 25, 2014

    Jeffrey Knight


    On May 15-16, 2015, Modern Language Quarterly will host "Scale and Value: New Digital Approaches to Literary History" at the University of Washington. The keynote speaker will be Mark McGurl (Stanford), and confirmed participants include James English (Penn), Ted Underwood (Illinois), Günter Leypoldt (Heidelberg), Hoyt Long (Chicago), Heather Love (Penn), Laura Mandell (Texas A&M), Sharon…