I spent the first two weeks of June learning to code. I was attending the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, a two week summer school offering weeklong intensive courses related to the digital humanities. Some courses are structured like a seminar with readings and discussion focused on a particular topic. Others provided students with technical training intended to broaden one’s digital skillset.
But beyond the technical skills gained, the most remarkable thing about DHSI is the atmosphere. There’s an easy camaraderie when you’re sitting in front of a screen with a blinking cursor, having no idea what comes next. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a first year grad student or a tenured full professor. So as I departed Victoria, I left not only with a bit more coding skill, but also with a new network of colleagues who are working to learn more and do new things.