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Head-and-Shoulder Hunting in the Americas: Exploring Lobotomy's Visual Culture

Miriam Posner
University of California, Los Angeles
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
12:30 pm

Walter Freeman, the world’s foremost proponent and practitioner of lobotomy, was also an obsessive photographer. He almost invariably took photos of his patients before and after surgery, often tracking them down years after the operation to capture their images. These cross-country trips to photograph patients, which Freeman called head-and-shoulder hunting expeditions, consumed the physician during

By | 2017-02-06T10:47:25+00:00 Mon, Mar 2, 2015|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Kill Time, Make History: Building Inspector and other HCI Case Studies from NYPL Labs

Mauricio Giraldo
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
12:30 pm

I'm currently an interaction designer at NYPL Labs, The New York Public Library’s digital innovation unit. One of our latest projects is Building Inspector, a tool to extract data from historic insurance atlases through a combination of computational (vectorization, computer vision, alpha shapes) and human (crowdsourcing, game design concepts) processes. This talk will provide an insight

By | 2017-02-06T10:47:25+00:00 Mon, Feb 23, 2015|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Strata of Sentience: Deep Mapping the Media City

Shannon Mattern
The New School
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
12:30 pm

While “smart” cities and urban “sentience” seem to be products of new networked technologies, our cities have actually been mediated, and intelligent, for millennia. They’ve long been shaped by their roles as substrates for and containers of mediation, and they've long reflected the logics, politics, and aesthetics of their prevailing communications technologies. I advocate for an “urban

By | 2017-02-06T10:47:26+00:00 Tue, Jan 20, 2015|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

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|