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Podcasts for MITH Digital Dialogues: Now with captions!

In an attempt to make our Digital Dialogues podcast videos more accessible, MITH has begun to add captions to the videos on our Vimeo site.  All previous podcast videos prior to the current season currently have captions, and as we move into the Fall 2014 season we will be adding them as we get them back from our vendor, Amara.

You can either access the podcasts through our website (accessible from each individual podcast page), or by accessing the MITH Vimeo site directly.  To turn on the captions, click on the small blue ‘CC’ icon on the bottom right side of the screen and click on the ‘English CC.’

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Podcast: Models of Code and the Digital Architecture of Time

Andrew-Johnston Andrew Johnston, Assistant Professor of EnglishNorth Carolina State University @a_johnston
MITH Conference RoomTuesday, October 28, 201412:30 pm

Andrew Johnston will discuss a portion of his forthcoming book, Pulses of Abstraction: Episodes from a History of Animation, which traces the emergence of real-time computer graphics and animation in the 1970s. Focusing especially on a programming language developed through funding from the National Science Foundation and that language’s use at the art and engineering collective called the Circle Graphics Habitat at the University of Illinois, Chicago, this presentation provides an archaeology of how time and models of perception are coded within early digital graphics systems. The talk will show how animation was fundamental to the creation of these real-time systems, not only because filmmakers worked on the code and platforms that were used, but also because these technologies were built around understandings of time and action taken from cinema. Through an analysis of this history, the presentation argues that real-time computer graphics mark an epistemological shift around the interdependencies of film and other media as well as a broader transformation in the mid-twentieth century of how technologies were modeling perception.

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Books on the Digital Humanities available through UMD Libraries!

As part of the ongoing collaboration between the University of Maryland Libraries and MITH, the Libraries have allocated a portion of collections funds to expand the number of books related to the digital humanities available to our community. Kelsey Corlett-Rivera, Librarian for the School of Languages, Literatures, and Culture, has served as liaison to MITH and has worked with our staff to develop and build these collections, which have grown by almost 50 titles over the last two years.

Most of these books (as well as others related to digital humanities) can be seen through the WorldCat portal at the link for the list Digital Humanities at the UMD Libraries.  Here are some highlights that you’ll find in the collection:


The emergence of the digital humanities by Steven E. Jones

(New York : Routledge, 2014)

“The Emergence of the Digital Humanities provocatively maps the larger trajectory of digital humanities research and more recent kinds of new digital humanities work. Jones maps the ‘eversion’ that characterizes our everyday lives, exploring the metaphorical and material implications of the networks that surround us. . . . Continue Reading

Podcast: From Transformative Works to #transformDH: Digital Humanities as (Critical) Fandom

Alexis-Lothian Alexis Lothian, Assistant Professor of Women’s StudiesUniversity of Maryland College Park@alothian
MITH Conference RoomTuesday, October 21, 201412:30 pm

The identity of the field, network, discourse, or discipline of “Digital Humanities” is a source of endless discussion among its practitioners and critics – from conflicting genealogies of humanities computing and new media studies, to the gendered and raced institutional logics critiqued in the recent Differences issue on “The Dark Side of Digital Humanities.” This talk aims to chart an alternative path through the welter of definitional tangles by reinterpreting the world of digital humanities by taking seriously one of its more informal dimensions: the fervor with which digital humanist nerds and geeks appreciate their objects of study. I argue that digital humanities is a fandom – and that there is much to learn from attending to its processes and practices through the lenses developed both by fan studies scholars and by fans themselves. Participants in creative fan communities have theorized their own knowledge production as in conversation with, yet distinct from both media industrial and academic models; drawing from these approaches enables us to understand “digital humanities” as a phenomenon that need not be contained within the bounds of the academy. . . . Continue Reading

MITH and UNC SILS release BitCurator 1.0 and look ahead to the future

This has been a wild month for the BitCurator project here at MITH. First of all, as the grant funded portion of the BitCurator project has drawn to a close, we have established a member-based consortium to be the ongoing home of the BitCurator environment. The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) will be a member-led organization to pick up where the grant funded portion of BitCurator left off. In my conversations with BitCurator users I like to emphasize this point: the BitCurator project has not ended just because the grant period is over. Far from it! The outreach, training, and other community engagement efforts of the BitCurator team over the last year have established an active and growing user base who are committed to the ongoing development of the BitCurator environment. What’s more, both UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and MITH are charter members of the BitCurator Consortium and will continue to be actively engaged in the project. You can learn more about the consortium and see a list of member organizations who have already joined the BCC here on the BitCurator Consortium page of the BitCurator website. . . . Continue Reading

Podcast: Without Innovation: African American Lifeworlds and the Internet of Things

Marisa-Parham Marisa Parham, Associate Professor of English Amherst College@amplify285
MITH Conference RoomTuesday, October 14, 201412:30 pm

This is the second talk in a series. (The first was a TEDx talk given at Amherst College in 2013). Each talk is a speculation on a set of questions about technology, embodiment, and temporality. How can we build a future when we have already had a past? How might we account for how unremembered pasts impact the good work we desire for the future? How do we think about future in a time when futures arrive more and more quickly? What happens to metaphor? To history?

In this talk I take as my conceptual starting point Angela Davis’ reading of Frederick Douglass’ telling of his own movement into human freedom, a tale that ends with his assertion that “however long I might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I could be a slave in fact.” I end with a consideration of what is at stake in recognizing emergent parallels between the historical lives of African Americans and how the industrialization of the Internet has enabled our growing desire to optimize every object as intelligent extension of a masterful self. . . . Continue Reading

Department of Art History and Archaeology and MITH awarded planning grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

The Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) are pleased to announce a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in support of a planning meeting for a major symposium entitled Art History in Digital Dimensions, to be held in College Park and Washington, DC in the fall, 2015. The Steering Committee for the symposium, which includes faculty and students from the University of Maryland and distinguished international scholars in art history and the digital humanities, will be meeting in November, 2014, to determine the agenda of the symposium. A key goal of this initiative is to develop and publicize principles and practical guidelines for the future of graduate training in the digital humanities, art history, and museology, and to consider these in light of such themes as cultural rights/human rights, and scholarly and artistic practice in a collaborative context. Events at the symposium will be guided by principles established at the planning meeting that address critical issues for art history in the digital world and in the public sphere. This initiative builds on the Kress Foundation’s impressive record in the sphere of digital art history. . . . Continue Reading

Podcast: Listening Bodies, Digital Production, and the Pursuit of Invigorated Sonic Experiences

Stephanie-Ceraso Stephanie Ceraso, Assistant Professor of EnglishUniversity of Maryland Baltimore County@stephceraso
MITH Conference RoomTuesday, October 7, 201412:30 pm

Steph Ceraso will discuss her in-progress book project, Sounding Composition, Composing Sound, which re-imagines the teaching of listening in relation to digital media and multimodal experience. Drawing from the listening and composing practices of deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie, acoustic designers, and automotive acoustic engineers, Ceraso proposes an expansive, explicitly embodied listening pedagogy that is based on the concept of multimodal listening—attending to the sensory, material, and contextual aspects that comprise and shape a sonic event. Unlike ear-centric listening practices in which listeners’ main goal is to hear and interpret audible sound (often language), multimodal listening moves beyond the exclusively audible by emphasizing the ecological relationship between sound, bodies, and environments. In this talk, Ceraso will demonstrate how multimodal listening practices enable students to become more thoughtful, savvy consumers and producers of sound in digital composing environments and in their everyday lives.


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Hester Baer named MITH Fellow

MITH is pleased to announce that Hester Baer, Vambery Distinguished Professor of Comparative Studies for the 2014-15 academic year, has also been named a MITH Fellow for the same period.  During her fellowship year, Hester will be working on her project, Digital Feminisms: Transnational Activism in German Protest Cultures.

Hester Baer is Associate Professor of German at the University of Maryland, where she also serves as a core faculty member in the Film Studies program. Baer’s research interests focus on gender and sexuality in film and media, historical and contemporary feminisms, and German literature and culture in the 21st Century. She is the author of Dismantling the Dream Factory: Gender, German Cinema, and the Postwar Quest for a New Film Language (2009); the guest editor of a special issue of the journal Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature entitled “Contemporary Women’s Writing and the Return of Feminism in Germany” (2011); and the co-editor with Alexandra Merley Hill of the volume German Women’s Writing in the 21st Century (forthcoming in 2014). She is currently working on a new monograph that rethinks the history of German cinema from 1980-2010, German Cinema in the Age of Neoliberalism. . . . Continue Reading

Podcast: Prosopography and Crowding Attention

Alison-Booth Alison Booth, Professor of EnglishUniversity of Virginia@alison_booth
MITH Conference RoomTuesday, September 30, 201412:30 pm

Almost a century ago, Virginia Woolf lamented the absence of biographies of housemaids in the great national prosopography circa 1900, The Dictionary of National Biography.  Recent feminist scholarship continues to overlook other widespread records of women’s lives in print well before 1900, in collective biographies. Booth’s book, How to Make It as a Woman, called attention to this genre of prosopography, a rich repository of networked nonfiction narratives with far more varied female roles than in novels or sermons of the same period. Collective Biographies of Women (CBW) (Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities) is a digital platform for research on more than 8600 persons and 13,400 narratives in 1200 books (most by men, published primarily 1830-1940) in the bibliography (Scholars’ Lab).  CBW devised an XML stand-aside schema, Biographical Elements and Structure Schema (BESS), to develop a morphology of this genre, locating types of elements of biography at the level of the paragraph, within samples of collections. In planned collaboration with Social Networks and Archival Contexts and other prosopographies, we will contribute the only comprehensive study of printed biographies of women to the quest for global unique identifiers for all known persons. . . . Continue Reading