Monthly Archives: September 2016

Spiralling: teaching undergraduate digital literary studies

Corporal Trim's spiral, from Tristram Shandy. Courtesy
Corporal Trim’s spiral, from Tristram Shandy. Courtesy

It was a privilege to be invited to deliver a keynote talk at the Digital Humanities Congress 2016, hosted by the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield. My sincere thanks to the organiser Michael Pidd for both the invite and a vibrant and supportive conference.

My talk concerned the practice of teaching digital literary studies to undergraduate students (slides and audio recording are here). I wanted discuss the English literature student’s experience of technology in the classroom. I also talked about the meaning of digital humanities as it is deployed by both scholars and university managers; how the relationship between a discipline and the digital  – from both an academic’s and a student’s point of view – is very different from the kind of learning technology that tends to manage students rather than a pedagogy that enables students to become creators. Finally, I argued for a tactical pedagogy that focuses on small-scale praxis, and a focus on building and enabling connections between academic colleagues, between academics and students, and students and the world beyond the institution.