I am the Principal Investigator (PI) of Project TwitLit, a project which I founded, designed, launched, and have been developing since 2017. In 2020, I trained three undergraduate Research Assistants (RAs) to assist with data collection for Project TwitLit.
Project TwitLit seeks to address a growing gap in the literary-historical record by establishing a consistent, rigorous, and ethical method for scraping and cleaning up Twitter data for the use of humanities scholars. In particular, this project explores the growing community of amateur writers who are using Twitter as a means of publication and dissemination for their literary output. There are three parts to Project TwitLit: the research findings related to the global literary community on Twitter, the tools and resources developed as part of the project and made openly available to other scholars, and partnership with a university library to ensure the long-term preservation of the collected data. Information relating to the data collection process and research findings – including detailed instructions, the Python scripts used to collect Twitter data, and a list of resources – are free and openly accessible on the project’s website and GitHub repository.
Project TwitLit was the recipient of a DH Prototyping Fellowship from the University of Virginia Scholars' Lab (2018) and of a Confounding Problems Mellon Grant from Bucknell University (2019-20).
Presentations & Publications
Christian Howard, "Studying & Preserving the Global Networks of Twitter Literature," Post-45 (Sept. 2019).
Christian Howard-Sukhil, "Project Twitter Literature: Scraping, Analyzing, & Archiving Twitter Data in Literary Research." A presentation published on Humanities Commons as part of the Digital Humanities 2020 Conference (July 2020).
I am the Project Leader of the DH@Bucknell Networking Initiative, the development of which has been one of my primary projects as the Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at Bucknell University. When I arrived at Bucknell, this networking initiative was a mere hope of the community with no clear manifestation.
DH@Bucknell aims to provide the Bucknell community with the resources and tools necessary to implement and maintain a DH project. In order to help further these goals, I planned, developed, and launched a networking initiative to connect DH students, scholars, and practitioners at and beyond Bucknell. This networking initiative included designing and implementing the DH@Bucknell website, as well as organizing and hosting an ongoing event series - titled "Humanities Lab (HumLab) Bytes" - related to the Digital Humanities at Bucknell. To view some of our recent events, please visit the Bucknell Humanities Lab website.
From 2019-20, I trained and worked with an undergraduate Research Assistant (RA) on the DH@Bucknell Networking Initiative; this RA assisted with social media outreach and website development. The tools, resources, and aims of the DH@Bucknell Networking Initiative have been undertaken with the approval and input of the Bucknell Digital Humanities Coordinating Committee (DHCC).
Presentations and Publications
Christian Howard-Sukhil and Rennie Mapp, "Enhancing Community through Open DH Website Design." A presentation published on Humanities Commons as part of the Digital Humanities 2020 Conference (July 2020).
I joined The Antigua Mills Project in Fall 2019 and have been serving as Project Manager overseeing the website redesign and launch of the project's next phase, namely the development of the site's resources and use as a teaching tool. Even as this project is valued for its intellectual contribution, the very work of the project - its implementation as a digital resource - is seen as a teaching opportunity, and students associated with the Griot Institute at Bucknell are in charge of adding information to the new website. My primary work as Project Manager has been to ensure that all individuals involved in the project know what needs to be done and how to do it. I regularly lead team meetings to assist with trouble-shooting and ensure that all team members have a concrete action plan.
Colonized by England in 1632, the Caribbean island of Antigua has a long history of slavery and exploitation of individuals from Africa or of African descent. The brutal history of such slavery still marks the Angituan landscape in the form of old sugar mill plantations, which created and sustained European colonization, empire, and economic prosperity for generations while simultaneously decimating black lives and bodies. There are currently over 200 mills extant on the island, each with its own history. The Antigua Sugar Mills Project seeks to reclaim - in some small way - the stories of those who spent their lives working on the sugar mills by mapping, historicizing, and digitizing these old mills. The Antigua Sugar Mills Project website* is currently undergoing a major site redesign, and the project team expects to create and share teaching and other resources related to Antigua's history in the coming months.
*Please note that the project website is still under construction.
The Antigua Sugar Mills Project is a collaboration between the Griot Institute at Bucknell University, the Museum of Antigua and Barubuda, and the independent scholar Agnes Meeker, whose years of field work and research serve as the foundation of this project.
In Summer 2020, I was recruited to serve as a project collaborator for the Bucknell LAB Cooperative, which aims to develop a Liberal Arts-Based (LAB) digital editions publishing cooperative, tentatively under the imprint of the proposed Bucknell Digital Press (BDP). My particular role in this collaboration has involved spear-heading the research and implementation around the process of peer-reviewing DH projects submitted to the BDP.
In particular, the Bucknell Digital Press (BDP) aims to create a peer-review process for Digital Humanities (DH) projects that takes into account the varied scope and nature of DH projects while establishing a rigorous yet streamlined set of guidelines that can be adapted across institutions. This peer-review process will evaluate both the merits of the scholarly project (i.e., its contribution to a given field of knowledge) and the technical choices and elements of the DH project itself. The BDP is working with Bucknell University Press as well as administrators and Tenure & Promotion (T&P) Committees at Bucknell to ensure both the rigor and university-wide acceptance of the DH peer-review process.
The Bucknell LAB Cooperative is funded by a Mellon Foundation Grant.
I served as the Project Manager for the 2017-2018 Praxis Cohort, which consisted of an interdisciplinary team of six graduate students. As a cohort, we developed a charter as well as a full-fledged project, titled UVA Reveal: Augmenting the University, from conception to implementation. UVA Reveal has two instantiations: an app and a website. In developing UVA Reveal, we used Unity, an augmented reality (AR) application, to virtually layer documents from Special
Collections on top of buildings at the University of Virginia.
UVA Reveal was recipient of the award for the Best Poster Presentation at the 2018 Huskey Research Exhibition. Our team also presented UVA Reveal at the DH 2018 Conference in Mexico City.
For more information, please visit the project website.
From 2018-2019, I served as the Project Manager for the DH@UVA Curriculum Development Team, in which capacity I managed a team of six individuals, including graduate student assistants and website designers. Our team worked to implement the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities at the University of Virginia (UVA), which was launched in May 2019. We also updated and managed the DH@UVA website, researched DH course design, and conducted user testing to develop best practices for the improvement of DH opportunities and services at UVA.
For more information, please visit the DH@UVA website.
Circulating Spaces is a podcast series that explores what it means to engage with literature as a global-scale community. Circulating Spaces investigates how literature — especially world literature — brings us into contact with one another, and how our shared interests might help illuminate larger networks of people around the world invested in protecting and supporting the arts.
Circulating Spaces was co-founded by Christian Howard & Samantha Wallace in 2017. Season 1, “Literary and Language Worlds in a Global Age” (Fall 2017-Spring 2018) was co-hosted and co-produced by Christian Howard and Samantha Wallace. Season 2, “The Global Reach of Public Media” (Fall 2018-Spring 2019) was co-hosted and co-produced by Christian Howard and Ankita Chakrabarti.
The series was generously funded by the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC) at the University of Virginia as a part of the Public Humanities Lab.
For more information, please visit the Circulating Spaces website.
From 2016-2017, I served as a Makerspace Technologist in the Scholars' Lab at the University of Virginia. My responsibilites included managing the day-to-day operations of the Makerspace, maintaining the 3D printers, and assisting faculty and students with project design.
For more information, please visit the UVA Makerspace website.
I served as a Research Assistant (RA) for Alison Booth’s Collective Biographies of Women (CBW) from Summer of 2015 to Fall of 2016. Research that I conducted for CBW included creating bibliographies of various women (in which I identified the collections that reproduced essays by or about certain women) and mapping the life and travels of these women. I also participated in the Textual Coding Initiative (TEI) at CBW, which specifically employs BESS (Biographical Elements and Structure Schema), the language created for recording narrative events in biographical stories. Given my experience with TEI, I was asked to create a step-by-step guide for turning a plain-text document into TEI. This document is still used to instruct new RAs at CBW.
For more information, please visit the CBW website.
As a Masters student at the University of Tulsa, I served as a Research Assistant (RA) for the Modernist Journals Project (MJP) from 2013-2014. My work as an RA involved digitizing 20th century literary magazines using OCR and TEI technologies.
For more information, please visit the MJP website.