NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant

We (Joanna Brooks and I), on the behalf of SDSU’s Digital Humanities Initiative,  got an NEH ODH start-up grant to build up our regional cross-campus collaboration in Digital Humanities pedagogy. Titled “Building and Broadening the Digital Humanities Through A Regional Network,” we will work with UCSD, USD, CSUSM, and Mesa Community College to bring smart strategies for teaching digital humanities in higher education classrooms across San Diego.

More soon!

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Staying at State!

I am pleased to announce that this fall I will be joining the ladder faculty in the English and Comparative Literature Department at San Diego State University. I will be able to grow the Digital Humanities Initiative and continue working with the wonderful students and colleagues that I have already grown to love.


I am terrible about updating this site, so I forgot to post this in advance… but last night Tender Claws read from their fabulous new work, PRY (2015) to a full, passionate, and insightful crowd of students and faculty. It was the best possible electronic literature reading event!


Great new review of Digital Modernism in Modernism/Modernity

Digital Modernism just got a very generous review from David Winters (University of Cambridge), writing for Modernism/Modernity (Volume 21, Number 4, November 2014). I am very grateful! Here are some of my favorite lines from the review:

“Pressman creates fresh connections not just between modernist and digital writing, but between modernism and the current configuration of literary studies…..”

“Here and elsewhere, Pressman’s approach presses home the permeability of the boundaries between literary periods, critical methods, and the media in which they’re embedded. Perhaps the most productive aspect of Digital Modernism is its dialectical sensitivity to how “modes of critical analysis change along with their objects of study,” as well as how “literature itself promotes this change” and participates in it (80).”

“Digital Modernism provides an illuminating guide to an increasingly vital element of the modernist legacy. Moreover, its reflections on the interconnectedness of literature and media, and of the present and the past, represent a sophisticated restatement of something quite central to the modernist spirit: namely, that “literary revolution happens by looping back,” by “returning to the past in order to move forward,” and by creating recursive connections between old and new “literary practices and reading technologies” (174). As Pressman persuasively shows, this modernist logic means as much today as it did ten decades ago.”

ThatCamp: Diving into the Digital Humanities @ SDSU

That’s right, we’re organizing a ThatCamp!

“Diving into the Digital Humanities”
October 24-25, 2014
San Diego State University
@ The new Aztec Student Union

THATCamp is “The Humanities and Technology Camp,” and it is an “un-conference” meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot.

This THATCamp is special because it is organized through a unique collaboration between 4 regional institutions: San Diego State University, UCSD, Cal State University at San Marcos, and University of San Diego. Inspired by the open, grass-roots efforts of our regional networking group, DHSoCal, this ThatCamp promotes working together and collaborating across disciplinary, departmental, and institutional divides.

All ThatCamps are open to all kinds of campers, but this one is envisioned as a way to get new folks engaged in the DH and to create new networks of collaboration. So, if you have any kind of inkling to learn about the Digital Humanities– whether you’re already a dedicated digital humanist researcher or an absolute newbie, whether you are a student, teacher, or curious community member– come to camp!

Our THATCamp is about jumping into the Digital Humanities, getting wet, and learning to swim.

Dive in. The water’s fine!

Register here: