Welcome to my blog!

Hey everyone! My name is Justin Wigard, and I’m a PhD student at Michigan State University. Have a peek around my website: there’s a lot here, but a good place to start might be my digital work (some in-progress projects that I think you’d be better off exploring on your own), or maybe my publications (shameless …

DH 865, Week 10: “The Ethics of 3D-Printing”

Hi all, I’m going to do my best to respond to Dr. Sarah E. Bond’s article, “The Ethics Of 3D-Printing Syria’s Cultural Heritage,” which hosts a nuanced discussion of the ethical quandaries surrounding the “Palmyra’s monumental Roman arch in New York City’s City Hall Park.” In it, Bond talks about the motivations behind printing the replica, …

DH 865: Week 7 “Mapping and Pedagogy”

Because I feel that I’ve come to digital humanities rather late in my schooling, I’ve been working over the last few years to find my footing in this rapidly-expanding field. One of the ways that I’m able to position myself is by using video games as pedagogical tools in my humanities classroom, and as such, …

DH 865: Week 6 “Project Planner”

Hey all, This is just an update to announce that when I’ve got something to submit for class (from here on out), I’ll post it under my “DH 865 Projects” header. Like this week, where you can find my DH 865: Project Planner…planner.  Enjoy!

Week 5: Distant Reading, Text Analysis, and a Fatal Error

Hi all, So, I want to begin this week by talking about something that happened very recently to me, as a way of talking about the past and text analysis. I logged on to start this blog post, and immediately was greeted with an error that looked something like: Class ‘wpdb’ not found in ___[website trail]_____________ on …

Week 4: Data Visualization

Hi all,   I’ll keep this blog post short and sweet, if possible, to try and make up for my longer recent ones. Our topic this week, data visualization, is one that is near and dear to my heart. Early last fall, I spent time creating a digital humanities project around the occurrence of “feasts” …

Week 3: “Project Proposal and Environmental Scan”

Hi all, This week, I’ll be sharing a proposal for the project I’m hoping to undertake this semester, as well as an “environmental scan” related to the project. If you’re like me, you might be a little confused by that phrasing, but in truth, it really just means “a survey of what’s out there” related …

DH 865, Week 2: “How do I fit in with Digital Humanities?”

“Whether engaged in history, literary criticism, philosophy, or philology, scholars in the digital humanities have been concerned with reshaping their scholarly activity and their institutional structures for a natively digital world. They have been open to multiple forms of analysis, to sharing sources and materials (data), and to adopting large‐scale, distributed models of scholarship. They …