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Limited Spaces Open for Lunch with Our Digital Dialogue Speakers!

As part of our Digital Dialogue series, we are able to offer a small number of spaces for graduate students, staff, and faculty to join our speakers for lunch. This is a great opportunity to engage directly with the speakers and discuss their work in a less formal setting. We are now getting ready for our Fall 2014 season and space is limited, so please fill out this form as soon as possible with your information and speaker preferences.

Any questions can be sent to Stephanie Sapienza at sapienza@umd.edu.

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RSVP by this Wednesday, September 17th to join MITH for a Digital Dialogues mixer!

Doing digital scholarly work, or curious about the digital humanities and related digital studies? The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is a digital humanities center located right at the heart of campus in Hornbake Library. During the semester, MITH hosts a signature event series, Digital Dialogues, featuring talks by local and visiting scholars on a wide variety of topics related to the digital humanities. The Fall 2014 season of Digital Dialogues starts soon, but first, to kick things off, MITH would like to hold a pre-launch meet-up for interested students and faculty.

This would be a chance to meet others on campus who are interested in digital scholarly work and share your research interests, as well as to meet MITH staff and see our space.  We especially encourage new graduate students and faculty to attend and give a brief 3-5 minute lightning talk about their research interests—whether you’ve just begun thinking about some topic, or are further along on a project.  These talks can be brief and informal, but you are welcome to share graphics or a presentation if you wish. . . . Continue Reading

MITH Welcomes Amanda Visconti as Winnemore Fellow!

MITH is pleased to announce that we are welcoming Amanda Visconti as the recipient of the 2014-15 Winnemore Digital Humanities Dissertation Fellowship at MITH.  Applications for the fellowship were given careful consideration based on the extent to which new media and digital technologies were an integral part of the research plan and/or the pedagogical methodology being developed.

Amanda is a doctoral candidate in the department of English at the University of Maryland, where her dissertation project ““How Can You Love a Text, If You Don’t Know It?”: Critical Code and Design toward Participatory Digital Editions,” has already attracted the attention of the digital humanities community and the media for its groundbreaking re-conceptualization of the dissertation as a digital product.

Amanda’s connection to MITH is already deep, starting in the summer of 2009 when she spent several months in residence under the auspices of a competitive IMLS-funded program that placed library and information science students as interns at digital humanities centers. Her Michigan thesis represented an early attempt to bridge the gap between information science and textual scholarship, focusing on issues of usability and access in the online William Blake Archive. . . . Continue Reading

Ed Summers joins MITH as Lead Developer!

MITH is delighted to announce that Ed Summers will be joining us as Lead Developer beginning September 2.

For the Lead Developer role, MITH sought a candidate with excellent technical abilities and familiarity with the application domains of humanities research and cultural heritage, both areas in which we found a perfect match in Ed Summers.  With 18 years of software development experience and positions in higher education, government and the private sector, he has worked successfully in collaborative environments with other developers as well designers, administrators, and project stakeholders.

Summers’ qualifications and experience for this role are truly exceptional.  In addition to his familiarity with the technologies that MITH normally relies on and his experience in the humanities, Summers understands the practical realities of software development for research, including most critically the importance of building strong relationships and working in teams.  He has played a leading role in developing software for such major Library of Congress projects as the archiving of the Twitter archive as well as the development of the Chronicling of America project, which provides access to digitized historic newspapers.   . . . Continue Reading

MITH Directors Kirschenbaum and Muñoz featured at Digital Preservation 2014

Two MITH Directors played key roles at the 2014 Digital Preservation conference, the annual meeting of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance.  The goal of the conference is to bring together the brightest minds exploring solutions to the challenges of stewarding digital content over the long-term.  Associate Director Matthew Kirschenbaum delivered the opening plenary at 9:30am Tuesday the 24th, entitled “Software, It’s a Thing,” which built upon his earlier work on the Preservation of Virtual Worlds project and on the Preserving.exe project, which focused on the preservation of software. Click here to see Matt’s list of the ten most influential software programs of all time, and here to visit Matt’s website.

Additionally, Assistant Director Trevor Muñoz received the 2014 NDSA Innovation Award for an Individual. The Innovation Awards recognize projects, individuals, and organizations doing innovative and substantive work in digital preservation. Muñoz was recognized for his work developing and teaching best practices in data curation in the digital humanities and for his work advocating for digital preservation as a core function of librarianship, archival work, and scholarship.   . . . Continue Reading

Save the Dates! Here are MITH’s Fall 2014 Digital Dialogues speakers

MITH is excited to announce the lineup of speakers for our Fall 2014 Digital Dialogues season!  Our seven speakers come from a wide variety of research specialties ranging from Women’s Studies, Film & Digital Media,  Information Studies and gaming culture.  Reserve the date now for:

Tuesday September 30, 2014: Alison Booth

Tuesday October 7, 2014: Stephanie Ceraso

Tuesday October 14, 2014: Marisa Parham

Tuesday October 21, 2014: Alexis Lothian

Tuesday October 28, 2014:  Andrew Johnston 

Tuesday November 4, 2014: Darius Kazemi

Tuesday, November 11, 2014: Alex Wright

All talks are at 12:30 pm in the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities Conference Room, 0301 Hornbake Library. All talks are open to the public. Talk titles and abstracts will be forthcoming. Speakers will be listed on the Digital Dialogues schedule here, which will be updated with more information about each talk as it becomes available.

Digital Dialogues is MITH’s signature events program, held almost every week while the academic semester is in session. Digital Dialogues is an occasion for discussion, presentation, and intellectual exchange that you can build into your weekly schedule. . . . Continue Reading

MITH Submits Digital Humanities Innovation Testimony to Congress

The following was submitted to the Senate Appropriations Committee by MITH Associate Director Matthew Kirschenbaum.  This was in response to an invited opportunity for researchers and innovators to give testimony for an April 29, 2014 hearing on how federal research dollars can help drive innovation.

Public Witness Testimony

Submitted to the Senate Appropriations Committee

Digital Humanities Innovation from NEH Funding

Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Associate Professor of English and Associate Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland

As a scholar and researcher in the new and emerging field of Digital Humanities, it is my pleasure to offer remarks in support of the role federal funding plays in this work at the University of Maryland College Park, specifically the Office of Digital Humanities in the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Digital Humanities involves the application of computational tools and techniques to large bodies of digital material (so-called “Big Data”) drawn from the cultural heritage sector. Examples include textual corpora containing literally millions of books, large-scale image collections digitized by museums, and collections of audio recordings. Digital humanities also involves innovation in new forms of scholarly communication, including social media; and new forms of publication and analysis, such as visualization, GIS mapping, and 3-D animation or reconstruction. . . . Continue Reading

Two New Start-Up Grants

MITH is delighted to announce that the University of Maryland has been awarded two Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Enhancing Music Notation Addressability (EMA) was awarded $59,971, and will be led by MITH Research Programmer Raffaele Viglianti. EMA originates from the idea that music notation, like text, can be “addressed” in new ways in a digital environment, allowing scholars to identify and name structures of various kinds. However, how can one virtually “circle” a section of music notation? and how can a machine interpret this “circling” to retrieve music notation? To research these questions, we are teaming up with the Du Chemin: Lost Voices project, which is reconstructing songs from 16th c. France.

We will work on analytical music annotations already produced by students and scholars as part of the Du Chemin project and re-model them as Linked Open Data nanopublications. In the sciences, nanopublication is providing the research community with ways of managing attribution and documenting quality of even small contributions. The nanopublication model facilitates accurate citation and promotes massively collaborative scholarship. We seek to extend these benefits to humanities scholarship. . . . Continue Reading

MITH is Now Accepting Fall 2014 Digital Dialogues Speaker Nominations!

MITH is accepting nominations for potential speakers for our Digital Dialogues series in the Fall 2014 semester.  Digital Dialogues is MITH’s signature events program, held almost every week while the academic semester is in session. Digital Dialogues is an occasion for discussion, presentation, and intellectual exchange that you can build into your weekly schedule.

To see a list of previous speakers, see our past dialogue schedules.

Nominations should be submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 13.  Click here to submit your nominations.

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Podcast: Spectacular Stunts and Digital Detachment: Connecting Effects to Affects in US Car Movies

Caetlin Benson-Allott Caetlin Benson-Allott, Assistant Professor of English and Core Faculty Member, Film and Media StudiesGeorgetown University @VideoPhD
MITH Conference RoomTuesday, April 22, 201412:30 pm

Car movies—movies that subordinate plot and character to chases and collisions—typically appear in cycles that coincide with breakthroughs in visual effects production, concomitant changes in production cultures, and—not coincidentally—devastating advancements in corporate globalization. Comparing the construction and ideological framing of automotive effects from the 1970s and 2000s US car movie cycles, I demonstrate how digital effects cultures are promoting neoliberal economies of spectacle through the same tropes their predecessors established to critique corporate culture. This analysis refutes prior critical dismissals of spectacle as mere visual stimulation, suggesting that its sensation also inspires political feelings

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