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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

By | 2017-05-12T17:54:41+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

By | 2017-05-12T17:47:16+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 | 2017-05-12T17:44:38+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

By | 2017-05-12T15:34:21+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

By | 2017-05-12T15:27:09+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

By | 2017-05-12T15:14:30+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

By | 2017-05-12T15:01:30+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

By | 2017-05-12T14:48:25+00:00 Wed, Oct 12, 2016|Uncategorized|

Finding Aids for the Unread: Design for the Visualization of Reading

Purdom Lindblad
Purdom Lindblad
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
12:30 pm

In the Republic of the Imagination, Azar Nafisi champions reading as a way to open ourselves to deepen empathy and entice our curiosity. Inspired, I am developing ways of documenting and visualizing not only what I read, but also what caused me to read using linked open data. Through a custom Jekyll plugin, RDFa triples

By | 2017-02-05T21:24:51+00:00 Tue, Sep 20, 2016|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

Deviant Black Bodies and Embodied Black Feminism in the Blogosphere

Catherine Steele
Catherine Knight Steele
University of Maryland
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
12:30 pm

Online space often operates within an invisible white universe with blackness becoming apparent only insomuch as it is rendered deviant. In a post-Cosby and Obama era of perceived post-raciality, black people are left to exist purely within the “dominant social imagination as media constructed stars and fantasy figures.” Black characters in popular culture thrive

By | 2017-02-16T10:26:14+00:00 Tue, Jul 5, 2016|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|