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December Offerings


Afternoon talk
Thursday 2-3 pm EST

December 9

HBooks: Tracking the History of History in Periodicals”

Presented by: Leslie Howsam

Join Leslie Howsam (Distinguished University Professor Emerita, History, University of Windsor & CDH Senior Research Associate) in conversation with Jason Boyd (CDH Director), Reg Beatty (CDH Projects Manager), Catherine Ellis (History, X University) and Andrew Hobbs (History, University of Central Lancashire) about HBooks and related issues around the dissemination and teaching of history.

Participants may wish to consult Dr. Howsam’s related article.“Mediated Histories: How Did Victorian Periodicals Parse the Past?Victorian Periodicals Review, Volume 50, Number 4, Winter 2017, pp. 802-824.

Visit the HBooks website.

In Fall 2021, in place of the drop-in hours it holds at its space in X University Library, the Centre for Digital Humanities (CDH) will be holding weekly virtual drop-in sessions on Wednesdays from Noon-1 pm (usually on Zoom). These are intended as casual, learning opportunities that bring together the DH community at X University and beyond during COVID-19 restrictions.

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More About Weekly Themes

Each week in a month will be dedicated to a specific theme. The first week, Stories in Play: Let’s Try, will consist of a led, shared exploration of a work of electronic literature (eLit) or a narrative-driven digital game. Week 2, DH Workbench, will be a led, shared exploration of a digital resource or tool for research and/or pedagogy. Week 3, DH@XU Reads, will be an open discussion of a selected work of DH scholarship, read in advance of the drop-in. The fourth week, Critical Code Studies, will explore how coding/programming can be studied in the humanities.

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CDH Virtual


Wednesdays Noon-1 pm EST


December 1

Unmemory, by Patrones y Escondites (2020)

Host: Jason Boyd

Join Jason as he explores “a game you can read; a novel you can play.”


December 8

Using COVE (Collaborative Organization for Virtual Education) in Your Classroom.

Host: Dino Felluga

COVE is a digital learning and teaching environment to which the university’s library has a pilot subscription. Although the holdings at COVE are currently 19th-century dominant, there is also a great deal of material from other literary periods (Beowulf to Virginia Woolf) and a series of ongoing grants to digitize BIPOC texts. Each week, several new texts are added. With a few months’ leeway, one can request a text for digitization that has not yet been uploaded to COVE. Many of XU’s faculty and graduate students may find this site helpful to their future teaching.

Dino Felluga, a founder, will join us for this special session geared towards XU faculty and graduate students. COVE enables the formation of a digital anthology of texts that are fully annotatable and a set of tools to enhance the understanding of assigned texts. We will introduce attendees to its features, provide a short account of how it has and can be used in a classroom setting and then answer any questions you might have about its features.


December 15

Close Reading Code

Host: Jason Boyd

Join Jason for a discussion of what can happen when close reading and computer code are combined, focusing on the “Introduction” (pp. 13-29) of Nick Monfort et al., 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (MIT Press, 2013).

Download an open access copy of the book.