All posts by Ryan Cordell


Weekend Reading: Kirschantwort Roundup Edition

1117742262_7bc9d99769_bAfter a very long winter, it’s finally feeling a bit like summer in New England—it seems we simply missed spring altogether. Most classes are finished (unless, like me, you’re teaching a summer class) and faculty are busy trying to get started on full summer to-do lists. This weekend’s reading will primarily be of interest to readers who care about the digital humanities. If that’s a topic you’d rather skip, skip away. Otherwise, I’ve tried to round up a recent set of articles discussing the sha…


Weekend Reading: One-Star Lighthouse Edition

7864958264_9c1ebb736a_bIt’s been a busy week, and I have lots of reading for you. So here ’tis:

  • There’s been a very active conversation about Net Neutrality and higher education this week. I would recommend a few posts for those looking to learn more or join the conversation:
    1. This joint post from Adeline Koh and Siobhan Senier here at ProfHacker, “Why Net Neutrality Matters to Higher Ed,” includes several relevant links, a nice breakdown of the issues at stake in this debate, and a few concrete ways to get involved.

Weekend Reading: School’s (Almost) Out For Summer Edition

5881423615_ca99c437e6_bIt’s hard to believe, but our spring semester is already finished. I’m likely grading students’ final projects as you read this. So here’s a (very quick) list of worthwhile weekend reading.

  • Roopika Risam writes about “Rethinking Peer Review in the Age of Digital Humanities” for the journal Ada. While the focus is on the specific challenges of evaluating digital humanities work, Risam’s argument and recommendations apply across a range of fields.

    Rethinking peer review in the age of digital acad…


DHCommons Journal Seeks Mid-Stage Digital Humanities Projects for Review in Inaugural Issue

Many—though far from all, I realize—ProfHacker readers are involved in the digital humanities (DH). More than two years ago I wrote about the launch of DHCommons, a resource for connecting scholars interested in collaborating on DH projects. Later that year I wrote about how DHCommons was partnering with the Association for Computers and the Humanities to connect new DH scholars with mentors. Since then DHCommons has partnered with centerNet, the international network of digital humanities cent…


Remembering the 2013 Boston Marathon with the Our Marathon Archive

5ee847e668198e774022be574d3716b2Today marks the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent events that shook the city of Boston. I teach at Northeastern University, blocks from the Marathon’s finish line, and many of our students were directly affected by those events: they were participating in the race, they were helping in the medical tents, they were cheering on friends and family, or they lived in buildings that were evacuated during the tense days following the bombings. Some of our students…


Weekend Reading: Hoping for Spring Edition


Temperatures are finally rising above freezing on a regular basis in New England, which means that—despite everything—spring may finally be coming. That doesn’t have anything in particular to do with this weekend’s reading, but I do hope you can read in some warmth and spring-like comfort.

  • Let’s start with some fun and stimulating reading. First, if you don’t subscribe to the RSS feed of Rebecca Onion’s The Vault blog at Slate, do so now (and if you don’t know how to subscribe to an RSS feed,

On Taking the Train


I will start by acknowledging two things:

  1. This post is distinctively American, in that I will wax on about train travel as if it’s a discovery rather than an obvious fact about how people traverse the world

  2. The suggestion at the heart of this post is far more feasible for those who live along the East Coast corridor or other pockets of the US with extensive train networks, though I’m learning that Amtrak’s network is more extensive than I realized only a few years ago. When I lived in Green…


What’s Your Favorite Presentation Remote?

100526326_6cc1e34113_bA few days ago a friend wrote me to ask what my favorite presentation remote is for classes and conference talks. He was considering the Kensington Wireless Presenter Pro but assumed I might have a stronger recommendation. However, while I love to use remotes when giving a talk—I prefer to wander rather than stand still behind a podium—for some reason I don’t actually own one of these devices. Amy Cavender has recommended a set of tools by DeMobo which allow her to control presentations from her…


Mind the Gap (Between Graduate Training and Professional Requirements)

11241552515_1044aaefae_bThis post will come out on February 20, one day after digital humanities scholars across the U.S. will have submitted grant proposals to the NEH’s Implementation Grant program. Unlike much humanities work, the digital humanities often require, like the sciences and social sciences, grant funding. This is perhaps a necessary evil. Large-scale digital projects require a range of people with particular technical expertise, and so require funding at a different scale than the individual archival pro…


Writing 20 Minutes Every. Single. Day.

5137407_004032c9e6_bYou might think that after writing a dissertation, I would have pretty good writing habits. Well, you might think that if you were not also an academic and familiar with the continuous obstacles that challenge regular writing. Contrary to political posturing that claims academics only work during the hours they literally sit in a classroom—”only a few hours a week!”—a host of other duties fill our days—preparing for classes, advising undergraduates, supervising graduate students, reviewing o…