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The Platonic Network

Alex Wright
Etsy, The New York Times, and IBM
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
12:30 pm

In 1934, a little-known Belgian bibliographer named Paul Otlet described something very much like the World Wide Web, sketching out plans for a network of "electric telescopes" connecting people to a vast collection of documents, images, and audio-visual material. He dubbed the whole thing the Mundaneum, describing it as a "réseau mondial" - a worldwide

By | 2017-02-06T10:47:26+00:00 Mon, Nov 3, 2014|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Strange Bedfellows: Digital Humanities, Internet Art, and the Weird Internet

Darius Kazemi
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
12:30 pm

Kazemi will discuss the "Weird Internet," a wildly popular creative internet-native subculture, and its intersections with Digital Humanities and Internet Art (in the fine arts tradition). The Big Data approach to analysis of texts is painfully limited in the knowledge it can produce. This talk will take Bruno Latour's Compositionist Manifesto as well as the speaker's

By | 2017-02-06T10:47:26+00:00 Mon, Oct 27, 2014|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Models of Code and the Digital Architecture of Time

Andrew Johnston
North Carolina State University
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
12:30 pm

Andrew Johnston will discuss a portion of his forthcoming book, Pulses of Abstraction: Episodes from a History of Animation, which traces the emergence of real-time computer graphics and animation in the 1970s. Focusing especially on a programming language developed through funding from the National Science Foundation and that language’s use at the art and engineering collective called the Circle

By | 2017-02-06T10:47:27+00:00 Mon, Oct 20, 2014|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

From Transformative Works to #transformDH: Digital Humanities as (Critical) Fandom

Alexis Lothian
University of Maryland College Park
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
12:30 pm

The identity of the field, network, discourse, or discipline of "Digital Humanities" is a source of endless discussion among its practitioners and critics – from conflicting genealogies of humanities computing and new media studies, to the gendered and raced institutional logics critiqued in the recent Differences issue on "The Dark Side of Digital Humanities." This

By | 2017-02-06T10:47:27+00:00 Mon, Oct 13, 2014|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Without Innovation: African American Lifeworlds and the Internet of Things

Marisa Parham
Amherst College
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
12:30 pm

This is the second talk in a series. (The first was a TEDx talk given at Amherst College in 2013). Each talk is a speculation on a set of questions about technology, embodiment, and temporality. How can we build a future when we have already had a past? How might we account for how unremembered

By | 2017-02-06T10:47:27+00:00 Mon, Oct 6, 2014|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Listening Bodies, Digital Production, and the Pursuit of Invigorated Sonic Experiences

Stephanie Ceraso
University of Maryland Baltimore County
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
12:30 pm

Steph Ceraso will discuss her in-progress book project, Sounding Composition, Composing Sound, which re-imagines the teaching of listening in relation to digital media and multimodal experience. Drawing from the listening and composing practices of deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie, acoustic designers, and automotive acoustic engineers, Ceraso proposes an expansive, explicitly embodied listening pedagogy that is based

By | 2017-02-06T10:47:27+00:00 Mon, Sep 29, 2014|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Prosopography and Crowding Attention

Alison Booth
University of Virginia
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
12:30 pm

Almost a century ago, Virginia Woolf lamented the absence of biographies of housemaids in the great national prosopography circa 1900, The Dictionary of National Biography.  Recent feminist scholarship continues to overlook other widespread records of women’s lives in print well before 1900, in collective biographies. Booth’s book, How to Make It as a Woman, called

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:00+00:00 Tue, Sep 23, 2014|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Spectacular Stunts and Digital Detachment: Connecting Effects to Affects in US Car Movies

Caetlin Benson-Allott
Caetlin Benson-Allott
Georgetown University
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
12:30 pm

Car movies—movies that subordinate plot and character to chases and collisions—typically appear in cycles that coincide with breakthroughs in visual effects production, concomitant changes in production cultures, and—not coincidentally—devastating advancements in corporate globalization. Comparing the construction and ideological framing of automotive effects from the 1970s and 2000s US car movie cycles, I demonstrate how digital

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:00+00:00 Fri, Apr 18, 2014|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

New Voices in Digital Curation

Margo Padilla
Margo Padilla
Library of Congress and MITH
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
12:30 pm

Residents from the National Digital Stewardship Residency cohort in Washington, D.C. will present on the digital stewardship projects they are engaged in at their host institutions. Margo Padilla, resident at MITH, will present her work on developing access models for born-digital collections. Molly Schwartz will discuss her project to make digital resources accessible in research libraries

By | 2014-04-08T08:00:04+00:00 Tue, Apr 8, 2014|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

There Is No Internet

Lori Emerson
Lori Emerson
University of Colorado at Boulder
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
12:30 pm

Emerson will discuss her current two-part book project, titled OTHER NETWORKS, and how it moves through both technical and user-based accounts of networks that outside of or before the Internet, asking both how and for whom each network works (in this case the "whom" will mostly be writers and artists). The project then looks at

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:01+00:00 Wed, Mar 26, 2014|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|