All events take place in the Digital Research Commons (Room 266-C) and are open to the entire UH community. Just mark your calendar and join us!


Spring 2020 activities


Methodological Cluster #2: Text Mining 


Text Mining Lecture I: “Algorithmic Thinking: How to do Literary Theory with Statistics”

Tuesday, March 17, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

The recent, extended contretemps that began with Nan Da’s article in Critical Inquiry and spilled over onto social media and a panoply of journals drew combatants from opposite sides of worrisome trends in the literary academy. Among the more alarming was how scanty a vocabulary the scholars arguing with one another about the validity of what Da termed “computational literary studies” held in common. In this talk, I offer one such common vocabulary.

At their best, both groups laid (or lay) claim to a preoccupation with how to apprehend aesthetic qualities of a text under the aegis of a more or less attenuated formalism. I connect the priorities of literary digital humanists to those of their skeptics by considering operations like topic modeling as heuristic devices with an uncanny resemblance to literary-theoretical schemas of the early- and mid- 20th century, using Tristram Shandy as a workbench and test bed.

All are welcome to this talk, which is intended for seasoned digital humanists and newcomers to the field alike, as well as anyone interested in text mining, digital humanities, literary theory, and eighteenth-century literature.

—Dr. Claude Willan (UH University Libraries)    

Text Mining Workshop I

Tuesday, March 24, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

  An introductory level workshop to text mining. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

—Dr. Claude Willan (UH University Libraries)    

Text Mining Workshop II

Tuesday, March 31, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

  An intermediate level workshop to text mining. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

—Dr. Claude Willan (UH University Libraries)    

Text Mining Lecture II: “Data Acquisition and Analysis in the Study of Digital News in Africa”

Thursday, April 2, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

  Digital media, from blogs to newspaper websites, are fast becoming the preferred source of news in most African countries. However, very few resources are available to systematically collect and analyze content from these news sources on the continent. This session will discuss some of the epistemological issues associated with the lack of full-text databases that include African digital media, and introduce an alternative workflow that uses open source resources to acquire and analyze online news text data.

—Dr. Dani Madrid-Morales (Valenti School of Communication, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences)    

Text Mining Colloquium

Thursday, April 9, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

  The cluster of text mining events concludes with a colloquium. Four to six presenters will talk briefly about their work before a general and informal conversation brings presenters together with a moderator and audience members. If you have a text-mining project underway, then we would like to hear from you. Ideally, we are looking for 7-8 minute presentations on works-in-progress that you are eager to share and talk about. Please send a brief description (no more than 150 words) to Dr. Claude Willan ( by March 29th.

—Dr. Claude Willan (UH University Libraries)  

Additional events

Project Management Workshop: “How to Keep Your Head above Water during a Digital Project”

Monday, March 23, 2:30pm – 4:00pm

We will discuss how to build and manage an evolving project and team, as well as keep communication open between the humanities and STEM. Attendees should be prepared to brainstorm with others through several guided exercises.

—Dr. Kristina Neumann (UH Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences)
—Dr. Peggy Lindner (UH College of Technology)  

Scholarly Publishing Clinics

Every Friday, March 20th – May 8th, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Have questions about the scholarly publishing process? Bring them to the Digital Research Commons for a friendly consultation. Topics might include but are not limited to:
  • The rights you have over your journal articles, book chapters, and monographs, and strategies for retaining those rights
  • Making your publications available open access – the free, legal, and safe way!
  • Use of your previously published materials in your thesis or dissertation
  • Understanding an agreement with your publisher and how to negotiate to obtain the desired rights for publications
—Taylor Davis-Van Atta (UH University Libraries)


Fall 2019 activities

Methodological Cluster #1: Networks and network analysis

Lecture: “Integrating Networks and Leadership Development: Opportunities and Challenges”

October 29, 2019, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Since several attendees at Professor Cullen-Lester’s talk requested copies of her slides, they will be available at this link for a limited time only. Please do not circulate since some of the presentation includes work in progress. You are also encouraged to consider taking part in Professor Cullen-Lester’s network research, as a part of the Strategic Leadership Systems project. This video contains more information.

—Dr. Kristin Cullen-Lester (UH Bauer College of Business)


Hands-on workshop: “Network analysis and how to do it”

November 5, 2019, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

—Dr. Claude Willan (UH University Libraries)


Scholarly colloquium on network analysis

November 15, 2019, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

A range of scholars on campus using network analysis will give short, accessible presentations on their work-in-progress, followed by a conversation between speakers and the audience.
—Dr. Claude Willan (UH University Libraries)