Disciplinary Presentation (9/18)

(8% of overall grade)

Introduction and Goals

Digital Humanities work is done in a variety of disciplines, each of which favor different approaches and methodologies. In preparing for this presentation, students will become familiar with concrete examples of DH work and a range of approaches to DH from traditional humanities disciplines. By sharing their newly gained experience with the class, students will develop comfort in discussing DH trends and learn from each other. 


Students will present digital humanities approaches within a particular discipline. Individual students will present on a different discipline.  The presentation should reference at least two scholarly sources (for example, articles in academic journals, materials on Humanities Commons; not, History Channel website, news articles, Wikipedia) and include examples of at least two project examples in the presentation. Students may use the Disciplinary Presentation Research Supplement document as a guide for research and may showcase a project example from the guide, but any sources or projects used from that document do not count towards this requirement.

In a 6 minute presentation, address the following questions:

  • How has DH impacted this discipline? (What history of DH in the discipline is there? Are there special editions of academic journals in the discipline devoted to DH? Does it seem that DH is commonly practiced in the discipline? Do conferences in the discipline seem to have many DH presentations?)
  • What methods does DH in this discipline use? (for example: mapping, text analysis, digital editions, network analysis, digital archiving, etc)
  • What are some of the well known DH projects in the discipline?  (at least two examples must come from your own research)

Students are encouraged but not required to use the provided slides template for their presentation. Slides are not graded on their own, but they are a key component to a successful presentation because they help keep presentations to time and provide structure. Students are strongly encouraged to include slides with screenshots of projects instead of clicking out to live project websites. This encouragement is for two reasons: 1) in case the live site crashes or connectivity goes down, the project can still be shown; and, 2) to help keep the presentation to time. For more tips on creating effective slides, see the Suggestions for Successful Slides document


  • Research (70%)
    • Presentation reflects research using at least scholarly two sources, which are cited during the presentation.
    • Provides multiple examples of DH methods commonly employed in the discipline
    • Discussed at least two DH projects in the discipline
    • Provides a narrative of the discipline’s relationship to DH
  • Presentation Skills (30%)
    • Appropriate use of time (did not finish too early or over time)
    • Presentation is organized and flows naturally
    • Communication is clear, engaging, and polished (including, eye contact with audience members, did not speak too fast or too slow)
    • Used slides that enhanced the presentation