DIGITAL CULTURES IN THE AGE OF BIG DATA
May 13-17, 2013
Although the sciences and quantitative social sciences have embraced new information technologies, the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences have adapted and adopted them more unevenly and with varied enthusiasm. Digital Cultures in the Age of Big Data will help move BGSU humanities forward by fostering dynamic interactions among ideas, theories, and critical perspectives within the broad area of digital technologies.
This weeklong, interdisciplinary institute is devoted to the digital humanities and all the opportunities they present. This will be a week in which participants from the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences — whether novices or well versed in new technologies — can come together to educate ourselves and one another in a community-building environment that marks the beginning of a changing culture on campus.
Areas of inquiry will include digital art and new media, electronic literature, digital scholarship and publishing, digital democracy, the Digital Divide and the politics of Big Data, the public humanities, and grant writing.
The institute will feature lectures, workshops, and discussions with seven scholars of digital culture and arts and keynote addresses by two foundational figures in the field: Dr. N. Katherine Hayles, Professor of English at Duke University; and Dr. Lev Manovich, Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center; director of the Software Studies Initiative at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and a visiting professor at the European Graduate School.
To receive a certificate, students must attend all lectures and workshops and actively participate in discussions. The full institute schedule is available on the Schedule of Events page.
Digital Cultures in the Age of Big Data will be the ideal occasion to find opportunities for transdisciplinary work involving the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences.
This institute is free and open to the public. BGSU graduate students may also receive a certificate in Digital Cultures for participating.
In preparation for the conference, Reading Groups will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Fridays from March 15-April 26 in the East Hall Lounge. Please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for pdfs of the readings.
Drs. Ellen Berry, director of the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society; and Jolie Sheffer, English and American Culture Studies
Drs. Kristine Blair, English; Radhika Gajjala, School of Communication Studies; Dena Eber, School of Art; Susana Peña, director of the School of Cultural and Critical Studies, and Andrew Schocket, American culture studies and history
Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development/Graduate College
College of Arts and Sciences
Institute for the Study of Culture and Society
School of Cultural and Critical Studies
College of Technology
Department of History
Department of English
School of Art