Its been awhile since I've written on my blog. I think life was getting in the way of being able to divest time in 'free' writing. I'm sure you are probably asking what I mean by that. When you are a graduate student, there is never time to write freely. Your computer is only allowed… Continue reading Some days are better than others….
Some interesting thoughts on digital methods in History and research.
In my last post I reviewed the provocative book, The History Manifesto. Written by history academics Jo Guldi (Brown University) and David Armitage (Harvard), it is a call to historians to turn their work towards investigating long periods of history (the longue-durée) in order to address the big issues affecting humanity such as inequality and climate change. I set aside one chapter in that review for special attention. In this post I consider chapter four, ‘Big questions, big data’.
There are many ways that technology can be used by the historian The ‘Big Data’ chapter in The History Manifesto discusses the use of topic modelling tools to highlight the type of language most often used and the topics most widely discussed in the past. Guldi and Armitage also recognise the potential for digital tools to uncover…
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I've always paid attention to my dreams. They are like motion movies, in color and sometimes very action packed. Two dreams are what gave me the outline and story concept for the Legends of Green Isle Series. They have also given me insight into problems, and in some instances a brief glance into possible future… Continue reading Dreams: A Connection to the Cosmos
Writing and editing seems to be a never ending cycle of creation and destruction. I say it this way because when I first wrote "The Forgotten Spell," the first book of the series, it was over six years ago. Since then I've completed undergraduate work and am now in graduate studies at Clemson University, and my writing… Continue reading Editing and Rewriting: profiling your characters.
Today I haven't been feeling well, so I've had the heating pad, pencil and notebook, and research in bed with me today. My Master's Thesis deals in part with Mitchell Reid's book, "The Vacant Chair," and how hand-written letters become a replacement for that vacant chair within the domestic sphere. One of my readings today… Continue reading The Last Letter: A Reflection on a Soldier’s Letter from WWI
It has been an exciting week for us here in Green Isle land. The series has been added to the GMTA Publishing family, all nine books, and the contract was signed and delivered yesterday. (Six books in Legends of Green Isle and three others, which will feature a prequel story of Green Isle's beginnings.) Our wonderful… Continue reading The Next Chapter…
Well the first year of graduate studies are completed. I have discovered quite a few things about graduate school. I will list my top ten as follows: 1. Having the department head as your Historiography professor the first semester is scary, especially when he looks at you during seminar with a look that says: "Why… Continue reading Reflections of a Graduate Student – Year One.
As I begin the task of constructing my Master's Thesis, I have found myself occupied with the search for World War I primary documents. I was happy to find a collection of 88 letters and assorted other materials from Ohio. Waiting to get them in the mail is hard: I'm impatient sometimes. Putting together the… Continue reading Searching for Primary Documents – The obsession with World War I