Colloquium: Kenton Rambsy

Date(s) - 02/24/2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm



Kenton Rambsy is an Assistant Professor of African American literature at the University of Texas at Arlington. His areas of research include 20th and 21st century African American short fiction, Hip Hop, and book history.

He is a 2018 recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship and author of two digital books #TheJayZMixtape and Lost in the City: An Exploration of Edward P. Jones’s Short Fiction (2019). His on-going Digital Humanities projects use datasets to illuminate the significance of recurring trends and thematic shifts as it relates black writers and rappers.

Kenton will present for the Humanities Center’s weekly colloquium on Thursday, February 24th. The presentation will be held at 3:00 PM in room 4010 JFSB.

For those who prefer to join via Zoom:

Title: The Data Notebook—Interactive Training Resources for Digital Humanities

The expansion of Digital Humanities (DH) as a field of inquiry explains why we have seen so many data-related projects emerge in the humanities over the last decade. Increasing numbers of humanists have begun to incorporate quantitative data into their projects. Historians use numeric data to track migration patterns and population shifts. Art historians use computational methods to numerate information about hundreds of paintings. Literature scholars use text mining software to calculate word usage in thousands of novels. Consequently, the influence of data driven research across traditional humanities disciplines has become ever more apparent.

In this presentation, Dr. Kenton Rambsy will describe his experiences editing The Data Notebook. This free-online book is a suite of open interactive resources that provides instructional materials for introductory data analytics and data visualization approaches relevant to a wide range of subjects and disciplines. Specifically, this book focuses on principles related to data storytelling, and provides tangible research steps with interactive instructional components. Dr. Rambsy will discuss his experiences teaching data driven literature courses at the intersections of Black Studies and Digital Humanities. He will also highlight the need for more free and open-sourced resources to expose emerging scholars to key concepts in DH.

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