Clio Wired

An Introduction to History & New Media

Week 6


  1. John Theibault, “Visualizations and Historical Arguments,” Writing History in the Digital Age (2012), eds Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki
  2. Johanna Drucker, “Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display,” DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly 5, 1 (2011)
  3. Lauren F Klein. “The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings,” American Literature 85, no. 4 (2013): 661-688
  4. Mapping the Republic of Letters: Case Studies
  5. Elena Friot, Go Go Gadget, Gephi! The (Mis)Adventures of a Newbie DHer (2013)
  6. Scott Weingart, When Networks are Inappropriate (2013)
 Discussion Leader: Courtney Blandford


1 comment for “Week 6

  1. October 5, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    How are visualizations defined in these readings? How and why are visualizations useful to historians?

    Why do Johanna Drucker and John Theibault argue that scientific visualization methods are incompatible with historical data and how must they be altered to work for historians?

    How does Johanna Drucker’s emphasis on the distinction between data and capta relate to historical visualizations? Do you find that distinction important?

    Explain the importance of nuance and transparency for historical visualizations. Did you feel these two factors were present in the examples of visualizations throughout these readings?

    Scott Weingart mentions two major issues with how historians employ visualizations: over use of visualizations and a lengthy textual explanation of the visualization that suggests distrust of the new medium. Is there a happy medium between reliance on the visualization and providing some context/explanation of the data? Do you think projects such as the Republic of Letters is a successful example of the use of visualizations in combination with text?

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