Jan 10

Blog based websites in the Humanities Division

Humanities Computing is able to provide free,

Jun 10

WordPress v3.0

WordPress was recently updated to version 3. We’ll continue running v2.9.x for a while longer in the Division until we’re sure the typical glitches associated with a new release are ironed out and all of our supported themes and plugins are compatible with the new version.

Feb 10

How to create a conference or workshop website in 30 minutes

Humanities Computing will offer a free, introductory class next week for anyone interested in making a WordPress website for their upcoming conference or graduate student workshop. You can see examples of the kind of site you’ll be build after attending the class by looking over the model sites listed in the sidebar on the top right or the far longer list of similar websites underneath. This event is part of Humanities Computing’s regular “TechTalk” series and will take place in Rosenwald 405 on Tuesday, Feb. 16th from 12-1:15pm. Attendance is free and open to all.

Jan 10

New features in WordPress v2.9

This afternoon we upgraded all of our WordPress based sites to the current version – v.2.9.1.

Dec 09

Slavic Linguistics Conference

5th Annual Slavic Linguistics Conference.

Nov 09

The Material and the Code

The Material and the Code is a two-day symposium at the University of Chicago

Nov 09

African Studies Workshop

The African Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students and faculty whose work concerns the material and sociocultural lives of people of the African continent and its discursively constituted diasporas, presently and historically.

Design Notes:

A very simple, but well-organized and effective workshop site based on the BlueSky WordPress theme. Individual events are listed as posts on the home page and tagged with one of several categories. These are then displayed using the Category widget in the sidebar allowing one to search through past events by topic.


Oct 09

Law, Culture and Society Workshop

The law stands at the center of virtually every social, political, linguistic and cultural domain. It plays a critical role in shaping our most basic concepts and categories of thought and identity and responds in turn to social and historical transformations. The goal of the graduate Law, Culture and Society workshop is to facilitate the study of law as a cultural and social institution in both historical and contemporary contexts.

Design Notes:

A very simple, but effective and visually interesting workshop site build on the BlueSky WordPress theme. Individual events are listed as posts on the home page and tagged with one of several keywords. These are then displayed using the TagCloud plugin and widget in the sidebar allowing one to get an immediate overview of the relative number of events in each topic (bigger text = more posts on this topic).


Oct 09

CEERES eBulletin

CEERES eBulletin. An online eBulletin from University of Chicago

Sep 09

Center for the Arts of East Asia

The Center for the Art of East Asia (CAEA) facilitates and supports teaching and research in the rapidly growing field of East Asian Art at the University of Chicago.

Design Notes:

The CAEA site was created using the WordPress Panorama theme. The site employs a few simple tricks to make it appear more like a regular website and less like a blog. As such, its structure is not quite as straightforward as the models listed here in the “Easy” category. Still, the changes are not complicated and can easily be put in place for another site if there is interest. First, the site’s home page (where one would normally see individual posts) was re-mapped to the About page (this is because unlike e.g. a workshop, this will not be an event driven site). Second, site makes extensive use of the Panorama theme’s provision for drop-down menus (the second menu item under a top level menu is called a “child” – hence parent and child pages). The site’s About page for example has two child pages under it called Objectives and Sources of Support. In addition, the theme automatically creates links to these as drop down items in the site’s menu under About. Third, all references to page and post comments were removed from the theme to make the site feel less “blog-like”. Finally, please also note the rotating header images on the site – this is a special feature of the Panorama theme.