MLA Workshop: Getting Started in Digital Humanities with DHCommons

The Preliminary Workshop Agenda is now online. The workshop will take place in Convention Center, rooms 3a and 3b.

New! DHCommons Project Mixer, Thursday, January 5, 1-4 pm in Convention Center, rooms 3a & 3b. See list of participating projects below.

Thanks to all who applied! Since the workshop is now full, we are no longer accepting applications.

We do hope you will follow the workshop virtually (with the twitter hashtags #dhcom and #mla12) and participate in the DHCommons community when the site launches in January. If you have a project that you would like to list on DHCommons, please request an account on our homepage

Workshop Update

We are in the process of scheduling small group training sessions for the workshop. If you have a topic to request, please let us know at

Thursday, 5 January 2012, 8:30-11:30 am

Digital methodologies and new media are changing the landscape of research and teaching in modern languages and literatures. Scholars can now computationally analyze entire corpora of texts or preserve and share materials through digital archives. Students can engage in authentic applied research linking text to place, or study Shakespeare in a virtual Globe Theater. In the face of all the digital humanities buzz--from the MLA to the New York Times to Twitter--where can scholars interested in the field turn to get started? This three-hour preconvention workshop welcomes language and literature scholars who wish to learn about, start, or join digital scholarly projects for research and/or teaching. Representatives of major digital humanities projects and initiatives will share their expertise on project design, available resources and opportunities, lead small-group training sessions on technologies and skills to help participants get started, and be available for follow-up one-on-one consultations later in the day. Experts will come from projects such as the Walt Whitman Archive, Blake Archive, Romantic Circles, Civil War Washington, NINES, 18th Connect, centerNet, the History Engine, Hypercities, Spatial Humanities, and THATCamp. Participants will leave with a plan for getting started in the digital humanities and a resource for connecting to scholars and projects in their disciplines.

When and where: This workshop will be held 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. on the first day of the MLA Convention in Seattle (Thursday, January 5th, 2012). Panelists will hold one-on-one counseling sessions with participants after the workshop. Accepted participants will be required to register for the MLA Convention to attend.

Sponsors: The workshop is co-sponsored by the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) and the Texas A&M Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture.

Organizers: Rebecca Davis (NITLE), Lisa Spiro (NITLE), Laura Mandell (Texas A&M University), Ryan Cordell (St. Norbert College), and Quinn Dombrowski (University of Chicago)

The workshop will serve as the launch of the Digital Humanities Commons (DHCommons), a new registry designed to match innovative scholars with opportunities for collaboration and expertise, and increase the community of participants engaged with established digital projects, initiatives, and centers.

Please email questions to

DH Project Mixer Participants