Mapping and Data Visualization in Marx

In spring 2016 I served as Teaching Assistant for Joel Burges's graduate seminar Marxism and Forms. Although the seminar did not have an explicit digital component, our idea was that we could use DH's contemporary interrogation of data and visual information as a guide for reading the Marxist tradition.

As it turns out, the Marxist tradition is full of writers using charts, graphs, and data to support their arguments. Our challenge to the class: make some of your own!

We started out with simple visualizations like word clouds and bar graphs, and eventually students expanded their skill set to create digital objects like network visualizations in Gephi.


Word Clouds of Marx's Das Kapital: Vol. 1.



Student Work: Network Visualization of Composers in Adorno's Philosophy of New Music
by Erin Miller