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Shakespeare from the Waist Down

Michael Witmore
Michael Witmore
Folger Shakespeare Library
2115 Tawes Hall
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
12:30 pm
co-sponsored by the Department of English

Using the analogy of a dancer to think about the ways in which poetic and theatrical effects are produced, Michael Witmore will explore the ways in which high-level theatrical effects — what literary critics call “plot” — might be visible in low-level activity at the level of the sentence. We may know a lot about

By | 2016-07-13T10:59:56+00:00 Tue, Feb 21, 2012|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Knowledge and Meaning in the Information Age: A Humanist Perspective on Wikipedia

Melanie Kill
Melanie Kill
University of Maryland
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
12:30 pm
co-sponsored by the Department of English

Over the past decade, Wikipedia has drawn together a community of volunteer editors, translators, and programmers who have created the largest encyclopedia in history and one of the ten most visited websites in the world. But, while Wikipedia was born online, many of the ideas that inform its composition have long histories. Human beings have

By | 2016-02-29T18:57:52+00:00 Fri, Feb 17, 2012|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Mobile for Museums and Cultural Heritage

Nancy Proctor, Ph.D.
Smithsonian Institution
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
12:30 pm

Mobile platforms have become a critical social media platform and tool for creating “network effects” by connecting communities, conversations and initiatives in the museum of the 21st century. Nancy Proctor will talk about how mobile is helping transform the museum into a distributed network, and will offer for discussion specific examples of how mobile projects

By | 2016-07-21T14:58:48+00:00 Tue, Dec 6, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

‘It’s not a game to me:’ ARGs, Game Design & Secret Agents in the Schoolroom

Beth Bonsignore, Ann Fraistat, Kari Kraus, Amanda Visconti
MITH
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
12:30 pm

The Arcane Gallery of Gadgetry (AGOG) is a sort of narrative wunderkammer of an alternate reality game (ARG), a “cabinet of curiosities” combining a rich and oftentimes mysteriously fragmented historical tapestry with what Rob MacDougall has called “playful historical thinking.” By incorporating counterfactuals and re-imagining the past, AGOG is designed to lead players into a

By | 2016-07-21T14:58:08+00:00 Mon, Nov 28, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Everything is Animated: Pervasive Media and the Networked Subject

Beth Coleman
Beth Coleman, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
12:30 pm

In a world of pervasive media and ubiquitous computing, this talk asks what happens as everything (objects, subjects, and actions) moves toward animation across a network. How does media and mediation affect our sense of agency? I use the example of A Scanner Darkly (dir. Linklater 2006) to discuss the effects of pervasive media and

By | 2016-07-21T14:56:48+00:00 Tue, Nov 15, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Thoughts on the Decline of the Book as Physical Object

Peter Kay
Peter Kay
W. W. Norton & Company
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
12:30 pm

The vanishing physical book provides a set of discovery, marketing and publicity (and not a few existential) challenges to trade publishers. As the book transitions from physical object to a licensed file cohabitating with other forms of media on an electronic device, we need to unpack the sense of permanence and cultural heft inherent in

By | 2016-07-21T14:55:55+00:00 Tue, Nov 8, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Learning on the Job: Data Curation by Humanists, Librarians, and the Public

Trevor Muñoz
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
12:30 pm

The research environment within which professional humanists and librarians have been accustomed to working is being reshaped by both internal and external pressures. In different ways, scholars’ debates about publishing, tenure and promotion systems, libraries’ straining budgets and physical spaces, and funding agencies’ new mandates require that all these communities engage with basic research on

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:10+00:00 Tue, Nov 1, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Networked Macrosolutions: Library Peer-Sourced Collaborative Services

Rachel Frick
Rachel Frick
Digital Library Federation Program at the Council on Library and Information Resources
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
12:30 pm

Macrosolutions are shared global services that provide institutions with resources and solutions that have the opportunity to take advantage of networked enterprise-class scale. These types of services, which were once only locally provided, can now be distributed among institutions for a peer-sourced type of community support. By investing in a shared networked solution, academic libraries

By | 2016-07-21T14:54:19+00:00 Tue, Oct 25, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Practical Strategies for Digital Humanities Development: 10 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me Before I Began Digital Humanities Research

Jennifer Guiliano, Ph.D.
MITH
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
12:30 pm

This talk offers lessons learned from managing individual, multi-institutional, and international research agendas in the digital humanities. From topics as varied as “Collaboration: Why we love it and how it can harm a project” to “Your great idea: why it isn’t innovative” and “failure matters”, Practical Strategies offers tips and hints to scholars looking to

By | 2016-07-14T14:35:42+00:00 Tue, Oct 18, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

Criticism in the Digital Humanities

Fred Gibbs
Fred Gibbs, Ph.D.
George Mason University
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
12:30 pm

As the digital humanities community expands beyond its computing roots, and as humanistic inquiry and interpretation (as opposed to methodological novelty) feature more prominently in its projects, the boundaries between digital and analog humanities grow increasingly blurred and permeable. One fortunate result is that more DH work has been opened up to scholarly critique by

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:10+00:00 Tue, Oct 11, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|