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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, sometimes

By | 2018-02-13T15:30:06+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 the

By | 2018-02-13T15:06:44+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|

Acknowledging History in Order to Disrupt it: Unearthing the Segregated History of Library and Information Science

Nicole Cooke
Nicole A. Cooke
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
12:30 pm

Library and information science (LIS) has a dual history; as a profession that is over 80% white and female, the LIS workforce has been plagued with segregation and a lack of representation. However, LIS also has many amazing stories, stories of people of color changing the profession and the lives of their patrons. It

By | 2017-10-10T13:56:39+00:00 Tue, Sep 26, 2017|Uncategorized|

Unfixed Research: On Letting Others Lead in Arts-Integrative Work

Kevin Hamilton
Kevin Hamilton
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign​
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
12:30 pm

This presentation will explore the unique ethical, creative, and epistemological potentials of explicitly placing art or design in a subservient role to other disciplinary agendas in research-based inquiry. Historical and contemporary examples from within and without the presenter’s experiences will animate this overview and dialogue on intentional asymmetry in arts-integrative collaborative relationships.

By | 2017-09-26T18:45:15+00:00 Tue, Aug 29, 2017|Uncategorized|

Public Media's Origin as a Strategically Networked Archive, 1949-1953

Josh Shepperd
Josh Shepperd
Catholic University
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
12:30 pm

At a moment when public media is facing the threat of elimination from lawmakers, this presentation examines the organizational contributions made by noncommercial media research to U.S. informational history. Taking an institutional approach, this presentation looks at the infrastructural origins of public media in archival distribution practices after WWII. In 1948 educational broadcasters were

By | 2017-04-17T10:53:15+00:00 Tue, Apr 4, 2017|Uncategorized|