Tag Archives: Digital Humanities

Mark Algee-Hewitt Digital Humanities talk this Thursday, 1pm Bobst Library, NYU

Thursday 6/4
Avery Room, Avery Fisher Center (NYU Bobst Library 2nd floor) for a talk by Mark Algee-Hewitt, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, Associate Director of the Stanford Literary Lab, Department of English, Stanford University.
Dr. Algee-Hewitt’s talk is titled: Data and the Critical Process: Knowledge Creation in the Digital Humanities.
What happens when the material of the humanities is transformed into data and algorithmically parsed in current Digital Humanities work? What do we gain by bringing computational methods to bear on literary historical or critical questions and, when we do so, how do we fundamentally change the kinds of questions that we can ask?  In this talk I explore the meaning behind the practical aspects of Digital Humanities analyses as I probe the delicate balance we maintain as we apply the critical methodologies of the humanities to the algorithmically derived, statistically significant data that lies behind our results.
Coffee and snacks provided.

“Histories of the Alphabet”: Johanna Drucker at Fales Library, Tomorrow at 6pm

New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections presents the 2015 Fales Lecture“Histories of the Alphabet” by Johanna Drucker on April 1, 2015 at 6:00pm at the Fales Library, 70 Washington Square South, Third Floor, New York, NY 10012. [Subways A,C,E, B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street]. A reception will follow Drucker’s talk.

In its many forms and variations, the alphabet has been in continuous and widespread use for more than three millennia. Conceptions of its origin, development, identity, and diffusion have embodied models of history as varied in method as they are in belief. This presentation examines ways this rich field of materials might inform humanistic scholarship at the intersection of traditional approaches (historiographical, textual, graphical, archaeological) and those making use of digital tools and platforms while reflecting on a media technology that undergirds global networks of communication.

  • WHO & WHAT: The 2015 Fales Lecture and NYU English Department’s First Wednesday Event Lecture: “Histories of the Alphabet” by Johanna Drucker;  Reception to follow.
  • WHEN & WHERE:  April 1, 2015 at 6:00p, Fales Library, 3rd floor, Elmer Holme Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South (at LaGuardia Place). [Subways A,C,E, B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street].

Space is limited; the public should please rsvp.bobst[at]nyu.edu, specifying the event.

Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide. Her most recent titles include SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing (Chicago, 2009), and Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide (Pearson, 2008).

The 2015 Fales Lecture and NYU English Department’s First Wednesday Event is sponsored by the NYU Fales Library and Special Collections, and the NYU English Department.

About Fales Library and Special Collections:

The Fales Library, comprising nearly 355,000 volumes and over 10,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, houses the Fales Collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature, the Downtown Collection, the Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection and the general special collections of the NYU Libraries. The Fales Collection was given to NYU in 1957 by DeCoursey Fales in memory of his father, Haliburton Fales. It is especially strong in English literature from the middle of the 18th century to the present, documenting developments in the novel. The Downtown Collection, founded in 1993, documents the downtown New York art, performance, and literary scenes from 1975 to the present and is extremely rich in archival holdings, including extensive film and video.  The goal of the Downtown Collection is to comprehensively collect the full range of artistic practices and output of the Downtown scene, regardless of format.  This research collection, built on a documentary strategy, supports the research of students and scholars who are interested in the intersection of the contemporary arts with other forms of cultural and artistic expression.

The NYU Division of Libraries holds over 4 million volumes and comprises of five libraries in Manhattan and one each in Brooklyn, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai,. Its flagship, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library on Washington Square, receives 2.6 million visits annually. Around the world the Libraries offers access to more than 1.2 million electronic journals, books, and databases. For more information about the NYU Libraries, please visit http://library.nyu.edu

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Improve Your Research Skills! Sign up for an NYU Libraries Class Today

Need help managing and organizing your research sources? Using and analyzing data sets? Integrating metadata into a digital humanities project?
Bobst Library has several upcoming  classes that cover citation management tools (like RefWorks, EndNote, and Zotero), data sets and software, and digital humanities topics.

Bobst Library class schedule and sign-up:

HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities January 15

Thursday January 15, 5:00 – 6:30PM

Reception to follow; Books available for sale.

Jurow Lecture Hall at New York University Silver Center, Room 101, 100 Washington Square East (entrance on Washington Place)

Todd Presner discusses his collaboratively authored new book, co-edited with David Shepard and Yoh Kawano, a metaLAB project from Harvard University Press, and tours its companion website http://www.hypercities.com. Todd Presner is Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, Professor of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature, and Chair of the Digital Humanities Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

In conversation with:

Matthew K. Gold, Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities, Graduate Center, CUNY; Director of the CUNY Academic Commons and Editor of Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press, 2012)

Laura Kurgan, Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University, and author of Close Up, at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, Politics (Zone Books, the MIT Press, 2013)

Introduced by Thomas Augst, Associate Professor of English and Acting Director of Digital Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, New York University

Part of the metaLAB series of books about the digital humanities, HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities (2014) is a collaboratively authored and designed exploration of mapping cities over time. The primary authors are Todd Presner, David Shepard, and Yoh Kawano, with contributions by Philip Ethington, Mike Blockstein, Reanne Estrada, Chris Johanson, Diane Favro, and Xarene Eskandar. A digital platform transmogrified into a book, it profiles the ambitious online project of the same name that maps the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment. The authors examine the media archaeology of Google Earth and the cultural–historical meaning of map projections, and explore recent events—the “Arab Spring” and the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster—through social media mapping that incorporates data visualizations, photographic documents, and Twitter streams. HyperCities includes a “ghost map” of downtown Los Angeles, polyvocal memory maps of LA’s historic Filipinotown, avatar-based explorations of ancient Rome, and hour-by-hour mappings of the 2009 Tehran election protests.

This in an NYC-DH event, sponsored by NYU Libraries, in partnership with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of New York University.