Save the date: GCDI Digital Research Bootcamp

December 4th, 2015 by Ian Phillips No comments »

GCDI Digital Research Bootcamp

Curious about using new technology in your research?

Seeking the skills to jump start your own digital projects?

Save the date!

Digital Research Bootcamp

when: January 19–22, 2016

what: four-day intensive in digital research methods

where: The Graduate Center, CUNY

why: to equip our academic community with digital research skills

who: for CUNY graduate students and faculty of all skill levels and disciplines (no previous digital experience required)

GC Digital Initiatives invites applicants for the inaugural Digital Research Bootcamp, an opportunity to develop digital research skills and connect with like-minded colleagues in an interdisciplinary environment. Free of charge to participants, the GC Digital Research Bootcamp has been developed in partnership with Software Carpentry, the New York Public Library, Mozilla Science Lab, Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching, and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute thanks to the sponsorship of GCDI, The Graduate Center, and The CUNY Strategic Investment Initiatives Program.

Stay tuned for the Call for Applications on Tuesday, December 8th. Applications require only a short statement of interest, and will be considered on a rolling basis. We advise applicants to apply early to secure a spot. Please direct questions and inquiries to gc.digitalfellows@gmail.com

Announcing “The Art of Seeing: Aesthetics at the Intersection of Art and Science”

November 23rd, 2015 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

On behalf of GC Digital Initiatives and The GC Computer Science Colloquium, CUNY DHI is delighted to present the following talk. We hope to see you there!

 

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“The Art of Seeing: Aesthetics at the Intersection of Art and Science”

Thursday, December 10th, 4:15-6:15p
Room C197
The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Featuring:
Emily L. Spratt, Dept. of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University and Ahmed Elgammal, Dept. of Computer Science, Rutgers University

In this two-part presentation, art historian Emily L. Spratt and computer scientist Ahmed Elgammal explore the uses of vision technology for the analysis of art and its philosophical implications for both aesthetic theory and artificial intelligence. Through an investigation of the most fundamental questions computer scientists are confronted with in giving a machine the capacity to see, we demonstrate the value in utilizing methodologies from art history as the field of computer vision has already, in fact, predicted certain categories of interpretation that aid in the analysis of art. Returning to the aesthetic debates inspired by Kant and renewing focus to the art historical theories of iconography and iconology that were prominent in the first half of the twentieth century, basic issues of object classification are examined in relation to vision technology. In this presentation, we hope to demonstrate the merit of bridging the fields of art history and computer science, and to underscore the new challenges aesthetics, in the age of artificial intelligence, face.

Thanks to All: “CUNY DHI: Building a Digital Humanities Community”

November 11th, 2015 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

Last night at The Graduate Center, a full room of scholars gathered to share ideas, meet colleagues, and embody the vibrant digital humanities community across our CUNY campuses. This event was the first rendition of “CUNY DHI: Building a Digital Humanities Community at The City of New York,” and its success was thanks to our dynamic crew of panelists, audience, and coordinators.

In fact, conversation was so lively at the reception afterwards that we received a friendly reminder that the building was closing–surely a good sign of collaborations and connections to come! Thank you all for joining us, and for those of you who couldn’t make it, we invite you to attend and participate in the next round–stay tuned for updates.

By way of a recap, we’d like to share the numbers:

20 lightning talks: completed within an admirable 5 minutes apiece,

8 of CUNY’s senior colleges represented: including The Graduate Center, York College, Queens College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City College of Technology, The College of Staten Island, Hunter College, and Lehman College. We look forward to welcoming more colleges in future rounds, particularly community colleges, so please be in touch if this is of interest to you,

2 undergraduates engaged in innovative work: David Fasanya with Prof. Andie Silva at York College for “Intro to Shakespeare with Scalar,” and Marta Orlowska with Prof. Evan Misshula at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for “Jailbreak my Life,”

4 graduate students presenting on digital platforms, dissertation-level research, and pedagogical projects they’ve been instrumental in developing: Patrick Smyth (with Stephen Zweibel) on “DHBox,” Erin Glass on “Social Paper,” Danica Savonick on “Building a Student-Centered (Digital) Learning Community,” Kalle Westerling on “The Roots and Routes of Boylesque.”

We had an incredible array of topics, which all informed each other in exciting and productive ways. A snapshot:

oral history (Lori Wallach, “Queens Memory“)

bilingual repositories and innovative image metadata (Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, “Manar Al-Althar“)

new critical and digital approaches to film and photography (Lev Manovich on “Measuring Inequality in Social Media Use in NYC,” Alise Tifentale on “Find your own filter”: The aesthetics of Instagram Photography,” and Kevin L. Ferguson on “Volumetric Cinema“)

print culture and digital media (Michael Mandiberg, “Print Wikipedia“)

digital publishing (Sean Scanlan, “NANO: New American Notes Online“)

and digital pedagogy and platforms (Jill Belli, Jody R. Rosen on “The OpenLab,” Jeff Allred on “Introducing Yoknapedia,” Bret Maney on “Teaching DH in and beyond the English Classroom,” and Eric Metcalf on “Archives & Invention: A Course in Archival Technology and Public Address.”)

In order to review the entire speaker line-up in its original order, please visit our previous blog post.

Again, tremendous thanks to all for attending, sharing research, and joining in the conversation that surrounds the digital humanities community at CUNY. We look forward to seeing you next time!

Announcing our Speaker Lineup for “CUNY DHI: Building a Digital Humanities Community”

November 4th, 2015 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

We are delighted to share our speaker lineup for next Tuesday at a CUNY-wide panel of lightning talks:

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“CUNY DHI: Building a Digital Humanities Community at The City University of New York,”

Tuesday, November 10th, from 6:30-8:30pm

Room C197 at The Graduate Center

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We will be welcoming undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff to speak on a variety of topics–from Queens Memory to Yoknapedia, Jailbreak My Life to Volumetric Cinema.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Digital Projects as Community Resource

Jill Belli, Jody R. Rosen; New York City College of Technology: The OpenLab

Stephen Zweibel, Patrick Smyth; The Graduate Center: DH Box

Lori Wallach; Queens College: Queens Memory

GC Digital Fellows et al.; The Graduate Center: GC Digital Initiatives

Nyvia DeJesus, Marta Orlowska, Evan Misshula; John Jay College of Criminal Justice: Jailbreak My Life

 

Communities of Pedagogy

Danica Savonick, Kalle Westerling; The Graduate Center: Building a Student-Centered (Digital) Learning Community

Jeff Allred; Hunter College: Introducing Yoknapedia

Bret Maney; Lehman College: Teaching DH in and beyond the English Classroom

Andie Silva; York College: Intro to Shakespeare Course (ENG 318) with Scalar

Eric Metcalf; York College: Archives & Invention: A Course in Archival Technology and Public Address; Faculty in the arts and the humanities don’t read etexts, so why is CUNY buying them?

 

Digital Communities of Text + Image

Julie Van Peteghem; Hunter College: Intertextual Dante

Kalle Westerling; The Graduate Center: The Roots and Routes of Boylesque

Sean Scanlan; New York City College of Technology: NANO: New American Notes Online

Erin Glass; The Graduate Center: Social Paper

Kevin L. Ferguson; Queens College: Volumetric Cinema

Lev Manovich; The Graduate Center: Measuring Inequality in Social Media Use in NYC

Alise Tifentale; The Graduate Center: “Find your own filter”: The aesthetics of Instagram Photography

Michael Mandiberg; College of Staten Island, The Graduate Center: Print Wikipedia

Matt Garley; York College: Digital Humanities Data Repository in an English Department

Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis; The Graduate Center: Manar Al-Athar

Fall 2015 Speaker Series

October 28th, 2015 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

CUNY DHI and GC Digital Initiatives and are pleased to announce our Fall 2015 Speaker Series. We look forward to seeing you there!

CUNY DHI: Building a Digital Humanities Community at the City University of New York 
Tuesday, November 10th,  6:30-8:30pm. Room C197. The Graduate Center. #cunydhi

We invite you to The Graduate Center for this CUNY-wide event, which will feature a series of lightning talks on current and recent digital humanities work at our institutions. All disciplines, all research, and all students, faculty, and staff are welcome and we encourage you to attend and present.

We are still accepting presentation proposals, which may be submitted through the following form:  http://goo.gl/forms/TCAchwnIw6. Once you have completed the form, we will contact the email address provided with further details. Thank you for your interest in participating!

Sponsored by CUNY DHI and GC Digital Initiatives.

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“TBD:” A Talk by Professor Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
Wednesday, November 18th, 6:30-8:30pm. The Skylight Room. The Graduate Center.

Increasingly, it would seem, the future is already known, determined by algorithms that analyze, predict and pre-empt actions.  Privacy is dead, and so is consent, because regardless of our own actions, we are betrayed by people “like us.”  To what extent, though, does this situation offer new possibilities for action and modes of identification?  This talk explores what it means “to be determined,” by framing users as characters in a universe of dramas putatively called Big Data.

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, and Chair of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University.

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“Digging Deep: Ecosystems, Institutions, and Processes for Critical Making”
December 1st, 12:30-2:30pm; 3-5:30pm. ARC Seminar Room 5318.05, The Graduate Center. Advanced registration required for each session.

Join Patrik Svensson, Matt Ratto, and Anne Balsamo for a highly anticipated day of sessions that explore the field of critical making in its institutional context. Sponsored by the Advanced Research Collaborative, with co-sponsorship from GC Digital Initiatives and Umeå University, the program includes two parts. The first session foregrounds institutional perspectives on critical making and materiality, and the second engages situated practices and processes of critical making in its varied sites. For more information and advance registration (required), please visit: <http://tinyurl.com/ps5x69w>

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“The Art of Seeing: Aesthetics at the Intersection of Art and Science”
December 10th, 4:15-6:15p. Room C197, The Graduate Center.

In this two-part presentation, art historian Emily L. Spratt and computer scientist Ahmed Elgammal explore the uses of vision technology for the analysis of art and its philosophical implications for both aesthetic theory and artificial intelligence. Through an investigation of the most fundamental questions computer scientists are confronted with in giving a machine the capacity to see, we demonstrate the value in utilizing methodologies from art history as the field of computer vision has already, in fact, predicted certain categories of interpretation that aid in the analysis of art. Returning to the aesthetic debates inspired by Kant and renewing focus to the art historical theories of iconography and iconology that were prominent in the first half of the twentieth century, basic issues of object classification are examined in relation to vision technology. In this presentation, we hope to demonstrate the merit of bridging the fields of art history and computer science, and to underscore the new challenges aesthetics, in the age of artificial intelligence, face.

This event is hosted by the Computer Science Colloquium, and co-sponsored by GC Digital Initiatives.

Streamlined Sign-up Available: Call for Lightning Talk Presentations

October 26th, 2015 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

We are still accepting presentation proposals for “CUNY DHI: Building a Digital Humanities Community at the City University of New York,” and would like to share that we have simplified our sign-up process.

The new, streamlined sign-up sheet only requires name, email, project title, and CUNY affiliation, with optional space to describe your project, team, or additional requests.

Please sign up here: http://goo.gl/forms/TCAchwnIw6. Once you have completed the form, we will contact the email address provided with further details.

This event is designed to highlight ongoing, current, and recent digital humanities work across The City University of New York, and all disciplines, all research, and all students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend and present.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10th, 6:30-8:30pm at Room C197 at The Graduate Center. Please plan to speak for no more than five minutes. Groups may present collaboratively or with a representative.

Thank you for your interest in participating, and we look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

Call for Lightning Talk Presentations at CUNY DHI: Building a Digital Humanities Community at the City University of New York

October 12th, 2015 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

Call for Lightning Talk Presentations at CUNY DHI: Building a Digital Humanities Community at the City University of New York

We are now accepting presentation proposals that highlight ongoing, current, and recent digital humanities work across The City University of New York, and would like to encourage you to consider participating. All disciplines, all research, and all students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend and present.

image of Gerry Sussman presentation at CUNY

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10th, 6:30-8:30pm at The Graduate Center. Please plan to speak for no more than five minutes. Groups may present collaboratively or with a representative. Proposals may be submitted through the following form: http://goo.gl/forms/mF6oPcEqfs. Once you have completed the form, we will contact the email address provided with further details. Thank you for your interest in participating, and we look forward to seeing you there.

For specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at mgold@gc.cuny.edu or mckinniburgh@gmail.com.

Sponsored by CUNY DHI and GC Digital Initiatives.

Program for MEDIA RES #1: lightning talks by NYC graduate students on DH projects

May 8th, 2015 by Erin Glass 1 comment »

2:00 – 3:30 pm, Friday, May 8th, 2015

CUNY Graduate Center, Room C415A

 HASHTAG: #NYCDH

 

SPEAKERS:

 

ROUND ONE

 

Jeffrey Binder

English – Graduate Center

The Distance Machine: Expectation and Surprise in the Navigation of Digital Collections

 

Julia Fuller

English – Graduate Center

Recovering Victorian Iconography, Reframing the Dissertation: A DH Project in Progress

 

Erin Glass

English – Graduate Center

Affordances of Writing Technologies

 

Collin Jennings

NYU – English

Too Big a Tale: Old and New Forms of Magnitude for Representing the Past

 

Jojo Karlin

MALS/English – Graduate Center

TwitterBot Thoughts

 

ROUND TWO

Mary Catherine Kinniburgh

English – Graduate Center

Mapping the Deep and the Digital: Place Names in the Icelandic Outlaw Sagas

 

Grace Afsari-Mamagani

English – NYU

Digital Spatiality and the Politics of Blackness

 

Jesse Merandy

English – Graduate Center

TBA

 

Aaron Plasek

English/History – NYU/Columbia

Fail Better: On Algorithmic “Transparency” as Critical Procedure

 

ROUND THREE

 

Christy Pottroff

English – Fordham

Mapping the Mail: from Archive to Neatline

 

Jonathan Reeve

English – NYU / Columbia

MACRO-ETYMOLOGICAL TEXTUAL ANALYSIS

an application of language history to literary criticism

 

Patrick Smyth

English – Graduate Center

DH Box: A Digital Humanities Laboratory in the Cloud

 

Chris Vitale

MALS – Graduate Center

TANDEM

 

MEDIA RES #1: lightning talks by NYC graduate students on DH projects

May 7th, 2015 by Erin Glass No comments »

5860917235_76d00165f0_b-300x233 TIME: 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Friday, May 8th, 2015

ROOM: CUNY Graduate Center, Room C415A

FOCUS: English & Literary Studies

NYC has more graduate students executing projects in the digital humanities than perhaps anywhere else in the world. Even so, few venues exist that make visible the diverse set of methods, philosophies, and inquiries that drive this graduate student work in English Studies. Media Res #1 will present a wide array of approaches to theoretically-informed questions through a series of 12 five-minute lightning talks by graduate students doing student-driven digital humanities research in NYC. These talks and the subsequent discussions the talks engender will serve as a useful entry to point into DH for students who might otherwise not know where to start. Equally important, Media Res #1 will foster a burgeoning network of graduate student scholars working across academic institutions to collaborate on intellectual inquiry, share knowledge and practical expertise in DH, and inspire confidence and mutual support. This event will conclude with a moderated discussion inviting speakers and audience alike to explore how universities might better support and promote ongoing student-driven DH work.

While Media Res #1 highlights student DH projects in English and literature, future Media Res events will explore DH work in different disciplines, formats, and venues. Any questions or suggestions for future Media Res events should be directed to Erin Glass (erin.glass@gmail.com) or Aaron Plasek (aaronplasek@gmail.com).

Panelists include: Jeffrey Binder (Graduate Center), Mary Catherine Kinniburgh (Graduate Center), Patrick Smyth (Graduate Center), Jojo Karlin (Graduate Center), Erin Glass (Graduate Center), Julia Fuller (Graduate Center), Chris Vitale (Graduate Center), Jesse Merandy (Graduate Center), Collin Jennings (NYU), Grace Afsari-Mamagani (NYU), Jon Reeve (NYU), Aaron Plasek (NYU & Columbia), and Christy Pottroff (Fordham).

Evaluating, Valuing, and Promoting Digital Scholarship

April 14th, 2015 by A.L. McMichael No comments »

The GC Digital Initiatives, CUNY DHI, and the GC Digital Fellows invite you to join us for a panel and discussion on Evaluating, Valuing, and Promoting Digital Scholarship.

It will be on April 21, 2015 at The Graduate Center in Room 9204 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Note: the event will be livestreamed.

Digital resources and methods are deeply embedded in academic research. However, processes for evaluation, peer review, and assessment projects that include digital scholarship have not kept pace with the technological and methodological changes that have altered research practices in many academic disciplines. Often, those not directly involved in digital projects are hesitant to use and assess them, especially if they are not familiar with the theoretical basis for a particular digital undertaking. In addition, digital work tends to be collaborative and interdisciplinary, offering new challenges for measuring the contributions of individuals. This panel is for both the enthusiastic and the skeptical, speaking both to those interested in creating and presenting digital work and those wishing to better understand and assess the digital scholarship of their colleagues.

Steven Jones, Professor of English and Co-Director, and Co-Director of the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, Loyola University Chicago, “Welcome to the Interdiscipline”

Sonia K. González, MPH, DPH candidate in the CUNY School of Public Health, and Assistant Program Officer, Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate, “There’s an App for That, But Does It Work? Development of the Evaluation of a Sexual Health Mobile-Based App”

Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, Visiting Assistant Professor and Deputy Executive Officer, MA in Liberal Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY, “Digital Digs: Training Archaeologists and Evaluating Digital Archaeology in the 21st Century”

Chris Allen Sula, Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute, School of Information & Library Science, “Methods, Disciplines, and Evaluating Scholarly Work in the Digital Humanities”

Amanda Visconti, PhD, University of Maryland, Literature and Digital Dissertation Fellow at Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), “Assessing Digital Humanities Dissertations: How to Plan, Track Progress, and Evaluate Work that Doesn’t Develop in Chapters”

A.L. McMichael, PhD candidate in Art History and GC Digital Fellow at The Graduate Center, CUNY, will be panel moderator. The panel will include brief talks by the digital scholars followed by discussion and audience questions.

This event will be Livestreamed! Click here for more information.

This event is co-sponsored by the the Futures Initiative, the New Media Lab, the ITP Certificate Program, and the Futures Initiative. It is free and open to the public. The Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC.

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