Thursday, September 6 from 10-11AM
@ the DH Studio, Watson 410A
Kick off the school year with some tasty bytes of digital humanities knowledge! We’ve got updates on recent DH travel and projects, demos of a few digital humanities tools, and a great lineup of fall 2018 events to share. Plus, free donuts! (And who doesn’t like that?)
Open to all KU faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. Please share!
RSVP to Pam LeRow at firstname.lastname@example.org by 09/01/2018.
Drop-ins welcome, but donuts may not be available to those who do not RSVP.
The KU Teaching Summit will have the following session on digital pedagogy:
Critical Engagement through Digital Pedagogy (Equity) Wescoe 4040
10:55 – 11:35 Breakout Sessions II
An Sasala, Film & Media Studies; Brian Rosenblum & Dhanashree Thorat, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities
This session outlines two case studies for implementing a critical digital pedagogy in the humanities and social sciences classroom. Session facilitators will discuss how digital tools and platforms were used to further their course objectives and to encourage students to think critically about course content as well as digital technologies. This session will be useful for faculty who are interested in creating digital assignments: we will discuss how to write and scaffold digital assignments, share rubrics for evaluating student work created using digital tools, and identify resources for faculty interested in digital pedagogy.
KU Libraries will host a presentation by Anna Lauren Hoffmann, assistant professor with the Information School at the University of Washington, titled “Data Violence: Dignity and Vulnerability Beyond Algorithmic Discrimination.” The event, co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Office of Diversity and Equity, will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at Watson Library, third floor West.
In the presentation, Hoffmann will look at the connections between big data, algorithms and automation, and the unjust distributions of rights, opportunities and material wealth. Hoffmann will explore the need to reckon with the symbolic and cultural violences extended and amplified by data-intensive technologies.
“We are excited to host Anna Lauren Hoffmann, as she is a pioneer in the area of data violence,” said Kevin L. Smith, dean of libraries. “This presentation will highlight the issues of fairness and bias in algorithmic systems, an important and ever-present subject for all students, researchers and scholars.”
Hoffmann’s research is situated at the intersections of data, technology, culture and ethics, and in particular, the ways in which the design and use of information technology can promote or hinder the pursuit of important human values like respect and justice. Her work has appeared in various scholarly journals like New Media & Society, The Library Quarterly, First Monday and JASIST, as well as popular outlets including The Guardian, Slate, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 4:30 p.m., followed by the presentation beginning at 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; those who plan to attend should RSVP to Leah Hallstrom by March 12 at email@example.com.
Undergraduate students enrolled in Germaine Halegoua's online class, FMS355: Storytelling With Digital Media, will display their final projects on March 12 from 12-2pm in the DH Studio. Students created digital, interactive projects based on the affordances of digital media and concepts of place and placemaking encountered over the 8 week course. Students used a variety of platforms including Twine, Google Maps, Ren'py, Omeka, Unity, Instagram, websites and interactive video to create short games, interactive fiction, map-based narratives, and other interactive experiences.
The Murphy Art & Architecture Library will be hosting an Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 10 from 12-5pm. Art + Feminism edit-a-thons aim to make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to gender, feminism and art-related subjects on Wikipedia. The all-day edit-a-thon will include tutorials for beginner Wikipedia users, ongoing editing support, and reference materials. This event is free and open to all, and no prior experience is required. If you’re interested in learning more about this opportunity, feel free to contact Paul Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Join us to celebrate Frederick Douglass' 200th Birthday with a Transcribe-a-thon on the Freedmen's Bureau Papers!
Wednesday, February 14
11AM - 2PM
Watson Library 455
On Monday, 11 December, IDRH is livestreaming the opening talk and first panel from the Digital Blackness in the Archive Symposium organized by DocNow. The symposium addresses issues at the intersection of archival practice and the existence of Black people on the web and social media. Join us in the DH Studio (Watson Library 410A) to watch and discuss the talks.
We are livestreaming the opening talk at 10:15am by Marissa Parham (Professor in English, Black Studies, and Film and Media Studies and Director of Five College Digital Humanities).
We are also livestreaming the first panel, "The Ferguson Effect on Local Activism and Community Memory" (with presentations by Alexis Templeton, Kayla Reed, Brittany Ferrell, and Aleia Brown) from 11:15am - 12:30pm.
More information about the event is available here
Digital Blackness in the Archive
December 11-12, 2017 | St Louis | #BlackDigArchive
The second Documenting the Now symposium, to be held in conjunction with our advisory board meeting, will address issues at the intersection of archival practice and the existence of Black people on the web and social media. Invited speakers will discuss their work on the Black experience in online spaces including research on joy and creativity expressed by Black people on the web, cultural and social expression, activism and other acts of resistance, the Black experience with state sponsored online surveillance, and racism and bias in algorithm and social media platform design.
Digital Humanities, Social Justice, and US Latina/o Literature: A Roundtable Discussion
Wednesday, November 29
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Pine Room, Kansas Union
The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies and IDRH welcome visiting scholars from the University of Houston, Gabriela Baeza Ventura and Carolina A. Villarroel, who were awarded a Mellon Foundation planning grant to start the first program on US Latinx digital humanities. They are also a part of the "Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage" at UH/Arte Público Press. There will be a Roundtable Discussion on U.S. Latinx presence and representation in digital humanities, literature, culture, and language. Students and faculty are welcome to attend this event.
Carolina A. Villarroel holds a Ph.D. in Spanish literature with a specialization in U.S. Latino Literature and Women's Studies. She is the former archivist in charge of the Mexican American and African American Collections at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center at the Houston Public Library and in 2011, she became a Certified Archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists. Her expertise in U.S. Latino culture and literature has been fundamental to her positions at the University of Houston (UH), where she is the Brown Foundation Director of Research of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, a national program whose goal is to identify, preserve, study and make accessible the written production of Latinos/as in the United States from the colonial period until 1960. Dr. Villarroel also teaches literature at a graduate and undergraduate level in the Hispanic Studies Department at UH. She and her colleague, Gabriela Baeza Ventura, were recently awarded a Mellon Foundation planning grant to start the first program on US Latino/o digital humanities.
Gabriela Baeza Ventura is Associate Professor of Hispanic Literature in the Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston, where she teaches courses on US Latina/o literature for graduate and undergraduate students. She is also Executive Editor for Arte Público Press, where she supervises the production of up to thirty books a year. Her publications include a monograph on the representation of Mexican women in Spanish-language newspapers in the United States, two anthologies on US Latina/o literature, and an edited volume on the poetry of a renowned Chicana poet, Angela de Hoyos. She has also translated over 30 books for children and young adults from Spanish to English. She and her colleague, Carolina Villarroel, were recently awarded a Mellon Foundation planning grant to start the first program on US Latino/o digital humanities.
Two Digital Humanities courses will be offered in Spring 2018 for students interested in learning about the field.
Whitney Sperrazza, DH postdoctoral researcher at the Hall Center, is teaching a course titled ‘Digital Approaches to Early Women Writers' (crosslisted as ENGL 301 and HUM 300). The class focuses on women writers in England between 1550 and 1700, and how these writers engaged with topics like gender, class, race, and power. Students will adopt emerging digital humanities practices for reading and analyzing texts. The class meets Tuesday/Thursday from 2:30pm - 3:45pm in Watson Library. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Dhanashree Thorat, DH postdoctoral researcher in IDRH, is teaching a course titled ‘Methods in Digital Humanities’ (crosslisted as HUM 500, ENGL 590, and HON 492). The course introduces advanced undergraduate and graduate students to interdisciplinary methods and practices in DH, and explores topics such as data mining, digital mapping, data visualization, and digital cultural studies. The class meets on Mondays/Wednesdays from 3:00pm – 4:15pm in Watson Library. Please send queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.