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Animal Crossing: New Digital Humanities

This talk series hosted by Quinn Dombrowski (DLCL ATS at Stanford) and Liz Grumbach (Arizona State University) brings together DH scholars from around the world in the virtual space of Animal Crossing, in order to discuss something new: a new article, a new project, a new book, or another new undertaking. 

Anyone who has the Nintendo Switch game Animal Crossing and a Nintendo Online membership can RSVP to the events and attend "in person" in the virtual space. For those who would prefer to watch the event streamed to their computer or device, we'll stream live on Twitch, and anyone with an internet connection can watch there and ask questions.

We're still working out the details, but if you'd like to present your work on the show, please email Quinn at, or get in touch with us on Twitter at @ACNDigHum!

Graphic design and publicity for Animal Crossing: New Digital Humanities is brought to you by Lauren Whitby of the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University.

Upcoming talks

Wednesday, October 27 at 12:30 PM Eastern / 9:30 AM Pacific: "How to Avoid a Data Management Horror Story" with Hannah Gunderman. When data management goes wrong, it can be scary! Luckily, there's a few things you can do to prevent spooky data management disasters. On this field trip to the CMU Libraries branch on the island of Kanto, host Hannah Gunderman will share practical data management tips you can use in your research. Costumes highly encouraged! Sign-up for one of six "in-person" slots if you have a Switch, Animal Crossing, and a Nintendo Online membership, or anyone can join us on Twitch!

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Friday, November 12th at 12:30 PM Eastern / 9:30 AM Pacific: "Thinking like a Digital Black Feminist" with Ravynn K. Stringfield. Black feminist digital studies provides critical insights into how Black women in particular use technology to combat misogynoir, engage in community building, and craft a sense of self. In this talk, Ravynn K. Stringfield will provide an introduction to the work of theorists such as Moya Bailey, Catherine Knight Steele, and Jessica Marie Johnson, and more, who form the foundation of this field to get you started as you explore from there. Sign-up for one of six "in-person" slots if you have a Switch, Animal Crossing, and a Nintendo Online membership, or anyone can join us on Twitch!

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January 21st ACNDH event at 2 Eastern / 11 Pacific if you have a Nintendo Switch and the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game. We'll toast with champagne, eat oranges, and light fireworks if things go well on 1/20... or hang out together and process what happened otherwise. Or anyone can watch on Twitch!


Join us Wednesday, December 16th at noon Eastern / 9 AM Pacific for Paul Vierthaler, Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies in the Modern Languages and Literatures department at the College of William & Mary, speaking about his new article "East Asian Studies and the Digital Humanities in 2020," which appeared in History Compass in early November. It is a quick survey of the current state of East Asian Digital Humanities with a focus on broad trends. 


Ottoman Transkribus

Merve Tekgürler, PhD student in History at Stanford, discussed "Ottoman Transkribus: Reflections on the Initial Results of HTR+ Model Training for 18th Century Ottoman Turkish Paleography"! Sign up here to attend "in person" if you play ACNH, or anyone can watch on Twitch

Dr. Andie Silva, Assistant Professor of English at York College and Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at CUNY Graduate Center, started our series with her paper "Remixing the Canon: Shakespeare, Popular Culture, and the Undergraduate Editor", forthcoming in New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies vol. 9 (ed. Matthew Davis and Colin Wilder).