Katherine Hayles, "Technogenesis: The Role of the Digital Companion in Print Book Publishing"
N. Katherine Hayles, one of the founders of digital studies, is a professor and director of Graduate Studies in the literature department at Duke University. She is also a Distinguished Professor Emerita of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. Hayles began her career as a research chemist at the Xerox Corp. before receiving her Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester. Her many publications about science, technology, and culture include "How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics" (1999); "My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts" (2005); and "How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis" (2012). Her forthcoming publications include "A New Paradigm for the Humanities: Comparative Textual Media," co-authored with Jessica Pressman. Hayles is a co-director of the GreaterThanGames Humanities Laboratory at the Franklin Humanities Institute, a game platform project that combines the allure of game play, virtual architecture and design, and digital storytelling to intervene constructively in real world problems. This research is being funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Over the course of her distinguished career, Hayles has received numerous awards and fellowships including two NEH Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, A Rockefeller Residential Fellowship, and a Medal of Honor from the University of Helsinki.
Lev Manovich, "How to Compare One Million Images? Visualizing Patterns in Art, Games, Comics, Cinema, Web, Print, and User-Generated Content"
Lev Manovich is a professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY, Founding Director of theSoftware Studies Initiative, and a Visiting Professor at the European Graduate School (EGS). His many publications include the booksSoftware Takes Command (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013);Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database (The MIT Press, 2005); and The Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2001), described as "the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan"; as well as over 100 articles which have been published in 30 countries and reprinted over 400 times. His most recent project is Cultural Analytics: computational analyses and visualization of massive cultural visual datasets in the humanities. Past and present collaborators in the initiative include the Library of Congress, Getty Research Institute, Austrian Film Museum, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Image, among other institutions. Manovich's many grants and awards include the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Mellon Foundation, and Guggenheim Foundation.
Virginia Eubanks, "Can Technology Serve Social Justice?"
Virginia Eubanks is an associate professor of Women's Studies at the State University of New York, Albany. She is the author of "Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age" (MIT Press in 2011). Eubanks co-founded the Popular Technology Workshops, which serve as a place for ordinary people to come together to define and combat the social, economic and political injustices of the information age. She is also a founder of Our Knowledge, Our Power: Surviving Welfare, a grassroots welfare rights and anti-poverty organization, and serves on the Board of Directors of Holding Our Own: A Fund For Women. Her talk at the Institute will reflect on her experiences as a scholar-activist working with grassroots organizations dedicated to using digital technology for social justice.
Dene Grigar, "Curating 'Born Digital' Literature"
Dene Grigar is the director of and an associate professor in the Digital Technology and Culture Program at Washington State University, Vancouver. Her publications include "New Worlds, New Words: Exploring Pathways for Writing about and in Electronic Environments," edited with John Barber (2001); "Visionary Landscapes: Electronic Literature on the Edge of Time and Space" (Hyperrhiz October 2009); "Why Curating?" (Rhizomes Summer 2012); and "The Intermedial Experience of Barcodes" (Technoculture 2012). Her many works of media art include "The 24-Hour Micro-Elit Project," a work of electronic literature that experiments with micro-fiction and participatory production; "Fort Vancouver Mobile," digital stories about the history surrounding the Fort Vancouver National Historical Site delivered via mobile technology; and "iSci: Interactive Technologies for Science Immersion," a project aimed at producing an interactive immersive environment to teach scientific concepts to young learners. She also serves as associate editor for Leonardo Reviews and vice president for the Electronic Literature Organization.
Jennifer Guiliano, "Dollars for Innovation: Identifying, Writing, and Winning Humanities Grants"
Workshop "Getting your Research Done: Developing Digital Humanities Projects and Initiatives"
Jennifer Giuliano is the assistant director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland. She is also an instructor in the Digital Cultures and Creativity Program, where she teaches classes in digital narratives and research design. Her publications include "Digging into Data Using New Collaborative Infrastructures Supporting Humanities-based Computer Science Research," co-authored with Michael Simeone, Rob Kooper, and Peter Bajcsy (First Monday May 2011). Her blog, "DH Internationally: Dispatches from Hamburg," received recognition as Editor's Choice from Digital Humanities Now (2012). She recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities on behalf of MITH.
Davin Heckman, "Digital Publishing, Databases, Downsizing: Criticism in the Age of Disturbed Dialectics"
Davin Heckman is an associate professor and chair of the English department at Siena Heights University, where he teaches courses in literature, media studies, and popular culture. He is the supervising editor of the Electronic Literature Directory. His book," A Small World: Smart Houses and the Dream of the Perfect Day" (Duke University Press, 2005) addresses the intersection of technology, the home, and popular culture in everyday life. His upcoming publications include "The Politics of Plasticity: Neoliberalism and the Digital Text" and "The Disturbed Dialectic of Literary Criticism in an Age of Innovation."
Golan Levin, Title TBA
Golan Levin is an associate professor of electronic time-based art at Carnegie Mellon University. His work focuses on the design of systems for the creation, manipulation and performance of simultaneous image and sound, as part of a more general inquiry into the formal language of interactivity, and of nonverbal communications protocols in cybernetic systems. Through performances, digital artifacts, and virtual environments, often created with a variety of collaborators, Levin applies creative twists to digital technologies that highlight our relationship with machines, make visible our ways of interacting with each other, and explore the intersection of abstract communication and interactivity. His work has been exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, the Neuberger Museum, and The Whitney Biennial, all in New York; Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan; The InterCommunication Center in Tokyo, Japan; and the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany, among other venues.
Safiya Noble, "Keywords Searching Women of Color in Google: What Small Data Can Tell Us about a Big Data World"
Safiya Umoja Noble, an assistant professor of African-American studies at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, is an interdisciplinary scholar of race, gender and technology in the United States, with a particular focus on representation in digital media platforms. Her research and teaching interests include the political economy of the Internet; critical perspectives on black women's representation in technology systems; digital popular culture and the arts; the role of black labor in technology production, manufacturing, consumption and disposal of information and communication technologies; and the role of digital technology in public life. Her publications include "Missed Connections: What Search Engines Say about Women" (Bitch magazine); "Geographic Information Systems: a Critical Look at the Commercialization of Public Information" (Human Geography: A New Radical Journal); "Making Sense of Race in the Post-Racial Moment: A Case Study of the Online Viral Video 'Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls' (in The Routledge Handbook of Social Media. Eds. Senft, Theresa M., & Hunsinger, Jeremy. Routledge: N.Y.) Her current research project, "Searching for Black Girls: Old Traditions in New Media" illuminates how technology platforms represent gendered and racialized identities.
H. Lewis Ulman, "The More Things Change: Reshaping the Culture of Big Humanities Projects and Long-Form Scholarship in Digital Environments"
Workshop: A Digital Media Production Session
H. Lewis Ulman, an associate professor in the Department of English and director of digital media studies at The Ohio State University, teaches courses in digital media, literature and environment studies, electronic textual editing, and rhetorical theory, history and criticism. He has authoredThings, Thoughts, Words, and Actions: The Problem of Language in Late Eighteenth-Century British Rhetoric (SIUP, 1994), edited " The Minutes of the Aberdeen Philosophical Society, 1758-1773" (Aberdeen UP, 1990), and published articles on 18th-century British philosophy and rhetoric, American nature writing, and digital media. With Dr. Cynthia L. Selfe, he co-founded and co-directs the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives, a publicly available archive of over 2,400 personal literacy narratives in a variety of formats (text, video, audio) that document the literacy practices and values of contributors.