Welcome to “The Life DHSI with Steve Anderson.”sga600

DHSI is the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, BC. This website is my final project for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities (GCDH), which I completed at DHSI 2015.

In 2014 I attended my first DHSI, taking the class “Games for Digital Humanists” with the inspiring Matt Bouchard and Andy Keenan, hereafter simply known as “Matt and Andy.” After discovering the new GCDH program in the works at DHSI 2014, I started making plans to complete the certificate. I also attended HILT (Humanities Intensive Learning & Teaching) at the University of Maryland in 2014, where I took “Humanities Programming.” I was able to transfer these two classes into the GCDH program and begin paying tuition as a proper UVic graduate student for DHSI 2015.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, movie posterThe overall theme of the site is based on Wes Anderson’s (no relation!), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). I find Wes Anderson’s films particularly interesting because of their focus on storytelling. The mixing of both analog and digital media and the creative aspects of Wes Anderson’s films are very much within the realm of the digital humanities.

The blog portion of this website contains a variety of posts, such as the daily logs or journal entries required for the GCDH, white papers or essays, and also other things like favorite places in Victoria, photographs, and video clips.

I should also add that I’m am a PhD candidate in History at the University of California, Riverside. My primary research field is 20th century American history, and I also study colonial Latin America and public history. In addition to my dissertation research, I’m also working with the UC Riverside Library to open a new digital scholars lab on campus.

My journey to DHSI began at UCR with the Critical Digital Humanities research collective, for which I am a coordinating member. UC Riverside does not offer a digital humanities certificate or degree, however, so the opportunity at DHSI is most appreciated. More information about me and my other projects can be found on my personal website: steveanderson.digital

I hope you enjoy “The Life DHSI with Steve Anderson,” and it would be wonderful if the information here is helpful for future DHSI attendees, as well as other scholars interested in the graduate certificate program.


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— original Colophon — This website is powered by WordPress and hosted by WP Engine. The typography on the site is served by Google Fonts, with Karla and IM Fell English SC for headlines and IM Fell English for paragraphs and other text. The website theme is Make Plus by the Theme Foundry. I use BBEdit as my HTML editor and Transmit for all things FTP. Very few plugins are used on the site because of WP Engine’s comprehensive services, which include automatic updating, caching, backups, security, and CDN (Content Delivery Network).