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Map of Early Modern London (15%, due 23 March 2018)

Explore this project, then write a post in WordPress of about 1000 words covering at least the following points:

  1. Aside from the presentation, can you identify specific digital elements? (Saying that this is a digital humanities project because it is online is not enough, but you can discuss specific aspects of the presentation which are only possible because of the medium).
  2. Does the project exemplify any humanities disciplines beyond history? Explain your answer.
  3. Identify one feature of the project you like and one that you don’t like (or at least like less) and explain why in each case.

Refer to at least two online sources and at least two traditional publications

Resources: The Map site itself provides access to extensive resources. The starting point is their page “A Guide for Student Researchers of the Streets, Sites, and Playhouses of Early Modern London”. For the brave, there is also a massive bibliography on the site.


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Using different kinds of evidence (25%, due 27 April 2018)

In weeks 4 to 6, you have collected material about locations on campus. In this task, you will use at least two pieces of this material in at least two different media to illustrate how one might make a case for the heritage value of some location on the campus. You must state clearly what heritage criterion or criteria you are appealing to (based on one of the relevant documents listed in the resources below), and you must explain how the material you present is relevant to the criteria. Present your work as a WordPress post of approximately 2000 words.


Heritage protocols:

NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage: Statements of Heritage Impact

International Council on Monuments and Sites (Australia) Heritage Toolkit

Example of heritage documentation:

Historic Places LA

Material about Monash University:

Monash: Monpix collection  (You may want to look for other material in the University archives.)

Davison, G., & Murphy, K. (2012). University unlimited: the Monash story. Crows Nest, N.S.W: Allen & Unwin.

Other readings:

Arena, Marinella. 2017. Definition of a Protocol for the Knowledge, the Analysis and the Communication of the Architectural Heritage: Single Monument, Network of Monuments, Historic Settlement. In Alfonso Ippolito (ed.), Handbook of research on emerging technologies for architectural and archaeological heritage, 94–131. Hershey PA: IGI Global. Brusaporci, S. (2017). Digital innovations in architectural heritage conservation: emerging research and opportunities. Hershey: Engineering Science Reference.


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Somewhere on earth – places and locales
(Major Project, 10% presentation, 30% submission, due June 4 2018)

What is a locale? Here are two definitions:

‘Locale is the geographic place at which there is or was human activity. [One sentence omitted] Locale indicates locations of present more dispersed, periodic or temporary human activity, such as a crossroad, a camp, a farm, a landing, a railroad siding, a ranch, a windmill or one of any of the various types of agricultural, communication, infrastructure or transport stations where human activities are carried out.

Locale also indicates locations of former locales and incidents of human activity, such as a battlefield or historic site, former locations of populated places such as a ghost town or ruins or an archaeological site.’


‘A spatial context or setting for action comprised of material elements as well as of sets of social norms and culturally shared values, to be understood as a material, socioeconomic, and sociocultural constellation of action with inter-subjective shared meaning contents. Therefore, it is an action-related concept that cannot be turned into an objective fact or generalized as a social category, having the same meaning for members of a society (in a certain region).’

Werlen, B. 2009. Regionalisations, Everyday. In Rob Kitchin & Nigel Thrift (eds.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 286–293. Oxford: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-008044910-4.00670-2. (electronic resource)

Choose a place which has value to you for personal or cultural reasons (or both). Some examples are the farm your great-grandfather worked, a place of worship you attend, or the place where you participate in a sporting activity. Your task is to assemble evidence of various kinds such as:

images (perhaps including maps)
sounds (perhaps including interviews)
published material

and to present these materials as a WordPress post or page making the case that your chosen location is a locale in at least one of the senses above. You will use text to link your pieces of evidence and to construct an argument based on them; the text component should be around 2000 words.

Agnew, John A. 2011. Space and Place. The SAGE Handbook of Geographical Knowledge, 316–330. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. doi:10.4135/9781446201091.

Bodenhamer, David J., John Corrigan & Trevor M. Harris. 2010. The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship. Indiana University Press. Chapter 2: The Potential of Spatial Humanities ((pp14-30)

Werlen, B. 2009. Regionalisations, Everyday. In Rob Kitchin & Nigel Thrift (eds.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 286–293. Oxford: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-008044910-4.00670-2. (electronic resource) (This is a dense read – but it will give you a sense of different ways of thinking about the role of space in people’s lives).

houshamadyan – A project to reconstruct Ottoman Armenian town and village life  – Look under the Theme: Locale


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(20%, across the semester)

Evidence of WordPress Backup

This is a hurdle requirement – 10/20 is the maximum possible mark you can receive in this component without meeting this requirement.

You will be shown in week 1 how to organise back-up of your WordPress materials to a Google Drive folder. You are required to share that folder with your tutor, who will then check at the end of semester that regular backups have been made.

Blog posts – 3 required exercises

1. Referencing Exercise

These are the bibliographic details for an important recent contribution to debate about the history of and methods in the humanities:

Turner, James. 2014. Philology: the forgotten origins of the modern humanities. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

And this is an important review article making a further contribution to the debate and a reading for week X:

Collini, Stefan. 2015. Seeing a Specialist: the Humanities as Academic Disciplines. Past & Present 229(1). 271–281. doi:10.1093/pastj/gtv029.

To carry out this exercise you have to:

  1. Find two online reviews of Turner’s book (don’t worry, there are plenty of them out there!)
  2. Create a post on your site consisting of a paragraph of connected prose which mentions Turner’s book and the three reviews of it.
  3. Include citations and bibliography entries for all four sources with links between them as shown in the week 3 tutorial.

Note: We are not interested in the content of your paragraph; you do not have to read the sources (except Collini’s article), you just have to put together a few sentences which mention all of them.

2. Reflection on streams: which one is most interesting do you think and why? (week 9+)

By Week 9, you will have heard about the three topics around which the Digital Humanities major is organised (Digital Media, Digital Heritage and Digital Scholarship). We would like you to tell us in 200-300 words which stream interests you the most and why.

3Walking tour exercise (post with map and media, mini project) (week 11+)

In week 11 (or before) you will experience the immersive app experience Vanitas at the Melbourne General Cemetery. We would like you to document (a part of) your experience using text and media (maps, images, anything you can imagine) as a WordPress post. We are interested to know about how Vanitas seemed to you, but this exercise is also intended to check that you have the skillset needed to complete assessment task 3.