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Dialectical Materialities: PennSound, Early Poetry Recordings, and Disc-to-Disk Translations

Chris Mustazza
Chris Mustazza
University of Pennsylvania
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
12:30 pm

How can we construct a literary history of recorded poetry that recognizes media as an intrinsic dimension of the poems’ forms? Given the longtime understanding of the recorded poem as, at best, a simulacrum of a primary, written text (if not of the live performance, too—a copy of a copy), poetry recordings have not

By | 2018-04-06T15:03:42+00:00 Tue, Mar 27, 2018|Uncategorized|

If We Build It, They Will Come: Mapping an Intellectual History of the 20th Century Afro-Atlantic

Kaiama Glover
Barnard College
sx archipelagos
MITH Conference Room
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
12:30 pm

This presentation discusses the conceptualization and development of interactive cartographic platform In the Same Boats: Toward an Intellectual Cartography of the Afro-Atlantic. In the Same Boats is a work of multimodal scholarship designed to encourage the collaborative production of humanistic knowledge within scholarly communities. Comprising two interactive visualizations that trace the movements of seminal cultural actors from the Caribbean and wider

By | 2018-04-02T10:53:07+00:00 Tue, Mar 13, 2018|Uncategorized|

Monument Lab: Cultural Memory and Artistic Imagination as Open Civic Data

Laurie Allen
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Monument Lab​
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
12:30 pm

In the fall of 2017, Philadelphia was the site of 20 temporary monuments created by local and international artists across 10 public parks as part of a citywide art and history project curated by Paul Farber and Ken Lum, and produced in partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia. These included an afro pick embedded on

By | 2018-03-26T13:54:30+00:00 Tue, Feb 27, 2018|Uncategorized|

Art and Architectural History and the Performative, Mindful Practice of the Digital Humanities

Alison Langmead
University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
12:30 pm

Since the early days of the field, art and architectural historians have relied on image-based reproductions of our primary source material to do our work. And yet, Photography and digitization—the two main image-reproduction technologies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries—do not duplicate their subjects uncritically. They have actively shaped our disciplines in sometimes overt,

By | 2018-03-13T11:17:30+00:00 Tue, Feb 20, 2018|Uncategorized|

Persian Twitter: A Transforming Social Media Landscape

Emad Khazraee
Harvard University
Kent State University
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
12:30 pm
Co-sponsored by The Roshan Institute for Persian Studies

Social media have transformed our societies and contributed to creation of online public spaces. In the past few years, we witnessed how social media were central to any debate of socio-political movements around the world. Social media were cited as the new catalysts of social change in these contexts. However, still controversies exist about

By | 2018-03-07T11:08:23+00:00 Tue, Feb 13, 2018|Uncategorized|

Repositories of Failure: Creating Abolitionist Archives to Project Past the Punishment Paradigm

Jarrett Drake
Harvard University
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
12:30 pm
In conjunction with the African American History, Culture & Digital Humanities (AADHum) initiative

This talk will speculate on the following questions: to what extent and in what ways might communities use archives as avenues to abolish police and prisons in the United States? How can archivists, organizers, and resource allocators use the archive as a means and a method to envision a world without police and prisons,

By | 2018-02-21T11:07:23+00:00 Wed, Jan 10, 2018|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Liberation by Design: Interactive Media & Community-Engaged Making

Alexandrina Agloro
Alexandrina Agloro
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
12:30 pm

How can interactive media supplement and support justice-related social movements? Alexandrina Agloro, media artist and assistant professor, will discuss the landscape of design and digital humanities projects geared toward social change, and share some of her current projects. Each of these projects incorporate pieces of reimagining archives, culturally relevant education, game development, and tools

By | 2017-11-09T12:48:47+00:00 Tue, Nov 7, 2017|Uncategorized|

Yes, We Scan: Building Media Conservation and Digitization at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Walter Forsberg
Walter Forsberg
National Museum of African American History and Culture – Smithsonian Institution
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
12:30 pm

Walter Forsberg, Media Archivist for the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian, will present an overview of the new museum’s audiovisual digitization programs and activities, in place since 2014. Forsberg will discuss how NMAAHC established digital file-management workflows, target specifications, equipment sourcing, and access platforms, alongside screenings of newly-digitized

By | 2018-02-13T16:59:43+00:00 Tue, Oct 31, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Bicentennial Frankenstein Project: Stitching the Seams of Textual Bodies

Elisa Beshero-Bondar
Elisa Beshero-Bondar
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
12:30 pm

In this talk, I will introduce the collaboration of the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Frankenstein team with MITH to produce a new and authoritative digital edition of the 1818, 1823, and 1831 published texts of Frankenstein linked with the Shelley-Godwin Archive edition of Mary Shelley’s manuscript notebooks. We have been hard at work on the project

By | 2017-10-25T22:04:15+00:00 Tue, Oct 17, 2017|Uncategorized|

Oscillating Networked Publics: Contingent Uses of Black Digital Networks

Sarah Florini
Sarah Florini
Arizona State University
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
12:30 pm

Though publics are often conceived of as bounded by platform, users frequently deploy platforms in conjunction to create trans-platform digitally networked publics. The multi-media and trans-platform nature of such publics provide users with a range of affordances that allow them to oscillate the public between functioning as an enclave or as a counter-public. This

By | 2017-10-10T16:45:53+00:00 Tue, Oct 3, 2017|Uncategorized|