2022-2023 Praxis Cohort Charter

About the charter

This document intends to lay out the values and practices most important for us as a cohort. It is a living document to be revised at least once per semester. During the Praxis learning process, we hope to grow comfortable with engaging play as a critical practice through our interactions with techniques and technologies of DH. We aim for our time together to be a lab for generating collaborative work strategies that rise against the alienating lone-wolf scholar tradition so common within the humanities and social sciences.

To us, critically engaging play means exploring unfamiliar topics, making arguments collaboratively, studying digital tools, and practicing how to trust the process as endgoal in itself. We want the fellowship to be a space for generating effective non-traditional avenues of scholarship.

Cohort Culture



Conflict Solving

Personal Goals

  1. Learn how to ask good digital humanities questions.
    • Always ask questions during meetings, do all the readings and explore 1 new digital project per week.
  2. Sketch out ideas for how to integrate DH as an applied practice in my research.
  3. Develop good habits for overcoming frustration when coding.
    • Code 30 minutes daily.
    • Describe my coding ideas well by writing them out 1 hour/weekly.
  4. Learn (or start to learn) how to make visual stories with data.
    • Read a data viz article per week.
  5. Attend as many SLab events as you can and reach out whenever you are stuck. Do not suffer in silence.
  1. Be open to where this process leads me.
  2. Immerse myself fully into coding as a practice.
  3. Tell good stories with my work.
  4. Embrace failure. Be honest when I am struggling.
  5. Improve my digital artistic skills.
  6. Better understand landscape of DH job opportunities.
  7. Connect to the larger DH community.
  1. Practice generosity, reciprocity, vulnerability, and mutuality with members of my cohort and folks in the Scholar’s Lab
  2. Cultivate a growth mindset, ask for help, and become more comfortable with failure and frustration. With Katherine McKittrick in mind “practice curiousity, over knowing all things.”
  3. Become proficient in Python, Git, GitHub, HTML, CSS, and other programming languages and tools
  4. Become more familiar with the digital humanities (DH) and its opportunities and limitations in addition to alt-ac and DH career opportunities
  5. Learn with and from the members of my cohort
  6. Leverage opportunities and community in the Scholar’s Lab to visualize, outline, and develop a mapping and storytelling component to my research
  1. Learn new digial skills, namely: coding, photogrammetry, 3D modeling, and GIS.
  2. Always be thankful for the opprotuniy to learn new things, even coding! ;)
  3. Enhance my professional development in new ways, such as digital pedagogy, how to converse about DH, and enhance my CV/website.
  4. Make strong connections in the Scholar’s Lab.
  5. Explore DH jobs opprotunities.
  6. Write at least 2 blog posts.