The Digital History group has had great success organizing their discussions around a monthly book review of a key text in the field. Might we try that over here?
It's an opportunity to build an annotated bibliography of the critical literature while we think through the major methodological and theoretical debates in our field. It's also a nice, low-stakes opportunity to experiment with book-reviewing.
Here's a few titles that we might consider. If you're interested in reviewing any of these, comment below!
Bobe, Reading by the Numbers
Craig and Kinney, Shakespeare, Computers, and the Mysteries of Authorship
Foys, Virtually Anglo-Saxon
Gold, Debates in the Digital Humanities
Kenny, Computation of Style
Manovich, The Language of New Media
McCarty, Humanities Computing
Moretti, Graphs, Maps, and Trees
--, Distant Reading
Murray, Hamlet on the Holodeck
Ramsay, Reading Machines
There's a bit of an early modernist bias to the list, and there's very much that I've missed. Please suggest more.
If there's interest, we might expand our subjects to include critical responses to journal issues or particular digital projects that raise interesting questions.
If you'd like to volunteer to take on a text, chime in below!