Art History in Digital Dimensions
With the support of the Getty Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) of the University of Maryland, College Park, present Art History in Digital Dimensions, a three-day symposium in Washington, D.C. and College Park. The symposium aims to unite diverse audiences and practitioners in a critical intervention for the digital humanities and digital art history, providing a cogent and inclusive road map for the future. The symposium will begin at The Phillips Collection on Wednesday, October 19 with a keynote lecture given by Paul B. Jaskot, Professor of Art History at DePaul University, on the theme “Why Digital Art History?” On Thursday and Friday, October 20-21, sessions in College Park will include roundtables, break-out sessions, lightning round presentations, and plenaries. Topics of discussion will include collaborative, trans-disciplinary models of research; the implications of data-driven approaches to art history and the humanities; legal and ethical obligations of scholars and museum professionals engaging art history in the digital world; and the innovative array of objects for study presupposed by digital art history.
Paul Jaskot is professor of art history at DePaul University and, currently, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery). His specific area of research has mostly focused on the cultural history of National Socialist Germany and its postwar impact on art and architecture. He has published a number of essays that explored the political function of architecture in the modern period, leading up to his most recent book The Nazi Perpetrator: Postwar German Art and the Politics of the Right (Minnesota 2012). These interests have also led to his involvement over the past decade with the Holocaust Geography Collaborative, a coalition of 8 international scholars who specialize in both Holocaust Studies and GIS. Their research has most recently resulted in the anthology Geographies of the Holocaust (2014) for which Jaskot co-authored three chapters. He is currently exploring with Anne Kelly Knowles the potential for using Historical GIS to explore issues of forced labor and the construction industry in Nazi Germany. In addition to his research, Jaskot has served as President of the College Art Association (2008–2010).