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Spotlighting Hidden Histories: Archiving Transgender Usenet, 1994-2013

Avery Dame
Avery Dame
University of Maryland
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
12:30 pm

Digitization and online access are often presented as an important tool for making history, particularly those whose histories are rarely told, accessible to a broader audience. However, what happens to born-digital materials which can technically be accessed—but whose content and format may not be accessible in the contemporary media environment? In this presentation, I’ll talk

By | 2017-02-01T17:11:26+00:00 Tue, Mar 14, 2017|Uncategorized|

Dirty Digital Environmental Humanities: From iPhones to eWaste

Amanda Starling Gould
Amanda Starling Gould
Duke University
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
12:30 pm

This talk was originally scheduled for March 14, but the speaker has had to postpone her visit until Fall of 2017 due to unforeseen circumstances. MITH will post the new date for this talk along with the Fall 2017 Digital Dialogues schedule in late summer/early fall. How do we seed digital media study – and

By | 2017-02-20T13:41:37+00:00 Tue, Feb 28, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Price of the Ticket: Racism, Black Digital Practice, and Racism Battle Fatigue

Andre Brock
André Brock
University of Michigan
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
12:30 pm

A heartrending recent development of digital practice is the dissemination on social networks of videos of state violence against Black men and women, such as the Facebook video of Philando Castile’s passing, or the YouTube video depicting the arrest and beating of Sandra Bland. In response, many Black folk have begun describing the effects these

By | 2017-02-28T17:42:48+00:00 Wed, Feb 15, 2017|Uncategorized|

Giving Voice to Ancient Texts: Digital Preservation and Access for Endangered Manuscripts from Threatened Communities

Columba Stewart
Columba Stewart, OSB
Hill Museum and Manuscript Library
MITH Conference Room
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
12:30 pm
Co-Sponsored by Roshan Institute for Persian Studies

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, was founded in 1965 to microfilm Benedictine libraries in Europe. The project grew rapidly beyond its monastic and European focus. In 2003, HMML began to use digital imaging technologies to document the manuscript heritage of ancient Christian communities in the Middle East.

By | 2017-02-22T16:16:04+00:00 Tue, Feb 7, 2017|Digital Dialogues, Events|

Buffoons, Goons, and Pixelated Minstrels: The Digital Story That Games Tell

Kishonna Gray
Kishonna L Gray, Ph.D.
Fellow, Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
12:30 pm

As racial projects, video games legitimize white masculinity and hegemonic ideology through the ‘othering’ process. This is performed via pixelated minstrelsy by depicting Black and Brown bodies as objects to be destroyed and women as bodies to be dominated. The mediated story of Black characters is limited and situated within buffoonery (comedy) or crime

By | 2017-02-20T12:05:27+00:00 Mon, Jan 30, 2017|Digital Dialogues, Events|

"Looking for the Perfect Beat:" African American Literary History—Technology and Texture

Dana Williams & Kenton Rambsy
Dana A. Williams
Howard University
Kenton Rambsy
University of Texas, Arlington
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
12:30 pm

Patterns in literary scholarship suggest that serious considerations of a literary period do not fully begin until at least a generation after its emergence. Accordingly, meaningful scholarship on African American literature since 1970 is only now beginning to slowly emerge. Scholars interested in this period face two significant challenges. First, the sheer volume of literature

By | 2017-02-06T10:45:56+00:00 Wed, Nov 9, 2016|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

To Organize, Organize, ORGANIZE: the Colored Conventions, Then and Now

Jim Casey & Sarah Patterson
Sarah Patterson
University of Delaware
Jim Casey
University of Delaware
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
12:30 pm

Staking a claim in collaborative models of digital archiving, exhibition and geo-spatial visualization, Sarah Patterson and Jim Casey will introduce questions, concepts and outcomes central to the Colored Conventions Project's online restoration of the Colored Conventions Movement, 1830-1900. Working with literature and data connected to this understudied phenomenon in Black political organizing, Patterson and Casey

By | 2017-02-06T10:40:29+00:00 Wed, Nov 2, 2016|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

Conservation and Digitization: A Technologizing of the Book as an Object

Alberto Campagnolo
Alberto Campagnolo, PhD
Library of Congress
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
12:30 pm

Books are primarily physical objects composed of leaves combined in sections, used as writing supports, and bound together. An increasing number of libraries, archives, and other memory institutions are investing considerable amount of money and resources in the digitization of cultural heritage; however, these efforts focus on the text, seldom covering also what material information

By | 2017-02-05T22:13:12+00:00 Wed, Oct 26, 2016|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

Digital Archives: Radical Acts of Self-Preservation

Ravon Ruffin
Ravon Ruffin
Brown Girls Museum Blog
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
12:30 pm

Could a Spotify playlist be considered an archive? How do hashtags challenge our finding aids of certain communities? Social and digital media tools and platforms have increasingly been utilized to advance community-centered approaches to archives, collections, and interpretation. These methods decolonize the archival practice and assert the presence of marginalized communities. This challenge comes as

By | 2016-10-26T17:23:12+00:00 Wed, Oct 19, 2016|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

Nam June Paik’s Etude and the Indeterminate Origins of Digital Media Art

Gregory Zinman
Georgia Institute of Technology
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
12:30 pm

This talk describes the discovery and significance of Etude (1967), a previously unknown work by media artist Nam June Paik identified by the author in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s recently-acquired Paik archive. Composed at Bell Labs, in collaboration with engineers, and written in an early version of FORTRAN, Etude stands as one of the earliest works of digital art—although it

By | 2017-02-05T21:24:51+00:00 Wed, Oct 12, 2016|Uncategorized|