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Pre-conference Workshop – North Quad SPACE 2435

Alt-Ac: Alternative Academic Careers

This HASTAC workshop will provide a general introduction to the Alt-Ac concept and offer practical advice as you consider applying for jobs in this career track. We will focus especially on how to translate your academic experience and craft effective applications. The first part of the session will offer a chance to listen to the experiences and wisdom of people already in or connected to the Alt-Ac sector. Then, as a group, we’ll discuss a sample job announcement, C.V. and cover letter. Finally, we’d like to break out into smaller groups to briefly discuss your own application materials as well as any additional questions about the process. The conversations that start here are meant to continue throughout the conference, giving participants the chance to build a network of people for workshopping future job search materials.

Fiona Barnett, Duke University
Korey Jackson, University of Michigan

Keynotes – Rackham Amphitheater

Keynote 1 – Cathy N. Davidson, Duke University

Now You See It: The Future of Learning in a Digital Age

Introduction by Daniel Herwitz, Director of Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan

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Keynote 2 – Dan Atkins, University of Michigan


Introduction by Margaret Hedstrom, University of Michigan

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Keynote 3 – Jim Leach, National Endowment for the Humanities

Digital Technologies in the Civilizing Project of the Global Humanities

Introduction by Cathy N. Davidson, Duke University

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Keynote 4 – Siva Vaidhyanathan, University of Virginia

The Technocultural Imagination

Introduction by Paul Courant, University of Michigan

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Keynote 5 – Josh Greenberg, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Data, Code, and Research at Scale

Introduction by Dan Cohen, George Mason University

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Sessions A – North Quad SPACE 2435

Session A1 (Roundtables)

1. The Story of the Beautiful: Freer’s Peacock Room Recontextualized

The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and the Wayne State University Libraries brought the Freer’s Peacock Room to the web in a unique digital archive, featuring two 360° panoramic, interactive views of the room. This panel discussion will address the ways that this collaboration and the resulting digital archive enable new scholarly discussion and broaden access to the installation itself.

Nardina Mein, Wayne State University
Lee Glazer, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art
Joshua Neds-Fox: Wayne State University
Shawn McCann, Wayne State University
Maya Foo, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art

2. Digital Media @ Pitt: Behind the Scenes of Multimodal, Creative-Critical Media Production

Digital Media at Pitt (DM@P) is a faculty-student collaboratory working to promote the study and production of digital media at the University of Pittsburgh. DM@P’s research initiatives, hands-on workshops, issues forums, and speakers’ series have cultivated a strong interest in digital media across the disciplines at both the undergraduate and graduate level. As founding members of DM@P, each of our speakers will discuss their work as contexts and communications of digital media in an English department.

Jamie Bianco, University of Pittsburgh
Trisha Red Campbell, University of Pittsburgh
Steph Ceraso, University of Pittsburgh
Erin Anderson, University of Pittsburgh

Session A3 (Lightning Talks)

1. Project Bamboo: Building Applications and Shared Infrastructure for Humanities Research

The Project Bamboo team shares its work centered on building tools that bring together large-scale collections in an easy-to use, accessible research environment for the professional scholar, as well as the amateur researcher, with the means for collaborative data curation and exploration. This project is generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Quinn Dombrowski, University of Chicago

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2. Culturomics 2.0 and the Petascale Humanities

This talk presents Culturomics 2.0, the study of the ‘latent’ emotional meaning of written communication across time and space. Using a quarter-century of news coverage from almost every country on earth, a new generation of “Petascale Humanities” research introduces a network of 10 billion people, places, and things and more than 100 trillion connections to capture how society has viewed itself over the decades and what we can learn about the interrelationship of culture and communication.

Kalev Leetaru, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3. E3 2011 & the Production of Gaming Knowledge: A Comparative Analysis of In-Person, Online, and TV Contexts

This paper provides a textual, ethnographic, and comparative analysis of the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo, unpacking how video gaming knowledge is produced, negotiated, and disseminated. I argue these forms provide insight into the ways these forms seek to provide a consensus of video gaming knowledge of casual games is produced in 2011. Further, there is a highly gendered world within the gaming industry and via coverage of the trade show.

Julia Lange, University of Michigan

4. Algorithmic Rhetoric and Search Literacy

A search engine is rhetorical in that its design makes decisions about the importance of the information it indexes and serves to users. In this talk I examine the rhetorical impact of search algorithms on information-seeking and relate the rhetorical features of search engine design to the need for digital literacy in the academy.

John Jones, West Virginia University

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5. Advanced Research and Technology Collaboratory for the Americas (ARTCA)

Unfortunately, this talk has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. You can still download and view the materials intended to accompany the talk.

ARTCA charts new ground in interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and international research and education, to address pressing problems that arise in the natural sciences, health, technology, and the human sciences. It creates both, learning environments and spaces for digital discovery, presenting ground-breaking computational approaches, resources, tools, and educational programming to showcase the future of collaborative research in the service of society across the Americas. More information:

Camilo Acosta, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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6. Supporting Humanities Research on XSEDE

This presentation highlights three humanities projects supported by XSEDE. These projects span the digital media of newspaper, images and online logs. By taking advantage of the high performance computing and data analysis resources and expertise provided by XSEDE, these humanities projects have been making great progress.

Dora Cai, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kalev Leetaru, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Robert Sinkovits, San Diego Supercomputer Center

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Sessions B – North Quad Ehrlicher Room

Session B1 – Roundtables

1. Communication and Collaboration in International Digital Humanities Projects

As the digital humanities increase in popularity, so do their geographic reach. International digital collaborative projects, however, carry unique sets of constraints that make them both challenging and rewarding. It is within this context that this panel, composed of scholars from (and affiliated with) Michigan State University’s MATRIX: The Center for the Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online (, will introduce several international digital projects and highlight the unique challenges inherent to international communication and collaboration. Above all, this panel is intended to be a dynamic and fruitful conversation between attendees and panel members on how international digital projects can democratize knowledge, enrich classroom learning, and significantly broaden opportunities for scholarly publishing, communication, and collaboration.

Ethan Watrall, Michigan State University
Dean Rehberger, Michigan State University
Catherine Foley, Michigan State University
Scott Pennington, Michigan State University
Peter Alegi, Michigan State University
Alex Galarza, Michigan State University

2. Iterations of Change: How Digital Technology Is
Transforming Asian American Studies

This Twitter-friendly panel explores how the cultural shift towards digital platforms is changing Asian American Studies, an academic and activist movement founded in the late sixties and early seventies to confront the exclusion of people of color narratives. The Internet and social media is extending Asian American Studies’ ongoing mission in ways that shed light on how we may reconsider the project of race.

Konrad Ng, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
Lisa Nakamura, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lori Kido Lopez, University of Southern California

Session B2 (Roundtables)

1. Authors, Articles, Editors, and Editions: Publishing Scholarship in the Digital Age

As digital technologies advance rapidly, vast repositories of information come online, and more and more people participate in the digital revolution around the world, humanists face a very important set of decisions about the nature of humanities scholarship and its forms. Yet, few venues exist for scholars to conceive, produce, and distribute their digital work. Our challenge now is to create a wider scholarly community around Digital Humanities to identify, peer review, and disseminate scholarship.

Douglas Seefeldt, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Amanda Gailey, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Brian Sarnacki, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2. New Sites for Composition: Studying the Research of Writing in Digital Spaces

Technological innovation has challenged researchers in rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies to reformulate their scholarly projects. This panel presents findings from three studies that look at writing and writing pedagogy with an emphasis on the methodological and epistemological challenges of studying the teaching and researching of writing in digital spaces.

Ben Gunsberg, University of Michigan
Steven Engel, University of Michigan
Chris Gerben, University of Michigan

3. The University of Michigan and Global Circuits of Knowledge

This panel highlights a variety of projects that take advantage of the affordances of digital technologies. They include imperatives of the Global South, scholarly communication, and intervention in archival forms.

Margaret Hedstrom (chair), University of Michigan

Andrés Pletch, University of Michigan
David Wallace, University of Michigan
Derek Peterson, University of Michigan
The University of Michigan and Global Circuits of Knowledge

Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan
Edgardo Pérez-Morales, University of Michigan
The Law in Slavery and Freedom: An International Research and Teaching Collaborative

Timothy Murray, Cornell University
New Media Art as Anarchive

Session B3 (Lightning Talks)

1. Western Washington University’s Viking Village: A 21st Century Digital Learning Commons

In order to address the digital generation, universities need to be proactive, in terms of creating policies for—and pedagogical interventions in—media literacy. At Western Washington University, one such experiment has been the creation of Wilson Library’s Viking Village, an online learning commons that connects the entire campus–but which attracts tens of thousands of hits a month, more hits, in fact, than the library’s website.

Dawn Dietrich, Western Washington University

2. Practice What You Preach. Engaging in Humanities Research Through Critical Praxis

This lecture will present a new experimental approach to conducting and performing a PhD dissertation within the (digital) humanities. It describes an experiment in developing a digital, open and collaborative research practice, by exploring the possibility of remix, liquidity and openness in the dissertation’s conduct and format.

Janneke Adema, Coventry University

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3. Doing History on Facebook

Facebook is challenging the traditional channels of scholarly communication, and crowd-sourcing the way in which one approaches the writing of history. Those of us in academia should recognize that the growing outpouring of lay scholarship on Facebook is not to be ignored. This presentation will present two case studies of scholarly historical work that happened on the Facebook fan page of the Quilt Index.

Amanda Sikarskie, Western Michigan University

4. Switching Codes: Rethinking the Verbal and the Visual After the Revolution

Roderick Coover and Thomas Bartscherer, co-editors of the newly released book, Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology In The Humanities And Arts (Chicago 2011) present interrelated papers that address how humanities research and creative expression refigure — and are refigured by — digital media.

Roderick Coover, Temple University
Thomas Bartscherer, Bard College

5. Opportunities for Humanities Scholarship in Immersive Scientific Visualizations

This paper revisits Cox’s 1985 exposition of Renaissance Teams to show how scientific visualizations, as the products of art-science-technology Renaissance team collaborations, illuminate how the digital arts expand the methodologies of humanities scholarship and how humanistic scholarship itself gains an affective dimension when coupled with immersive scientific visualization.

Linda Vigdor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sessions C – Rackham East Conference Room

Session C1 (Roundtables)

1. Digital Scholarly Communication – Notes from the Wired! Lab for Digital Historical Visualization

This panel addresses the promise and pitfalls of digital scholarly communication in the context of a multi-year, multidisciplinary research and teaching collective actively rethinking the methods and foundational questions that frame the discipline of Art History and Visual Studies. Each talk raises in turn a set of interrelated issues: collaboration, translation, dissemination and critique.

Mark Olson, Duke University
Victoria Szabo, Duke University
Elizabeth Baltes, Duke University
Erica Sherman, Duke University

2. Kairos-OJS Plugin Project: Author, Editor, and Reader Tools for Scholarly Multimedia

The presenters secured an NEH Digital Humanities grant to build a plug-in to the open-source Open Journal System (OJS), which currently only handles the editorial process for digitized print scholarship. Our panel will provide some background about the need for these new editorial tools, describe the development process and the decisions made about supporting multimedia and its metadata, and finish with a plan to develop new reader tools and future directions for the project team.

Kathie Gossett, Iowa State University
Cheryl Ball, Illinois State University
Douglas Eyman, George Mason University

Session C2 (Lightning Talks)

1. Digital Scholarship and the Institutional Culture

New media technologies have opened dynamic modes of scholarly communication that are transforming the very nature of human literacy. If educational institutions are to positively influence the direction of these transformations, they must cultivate cultures of digital scholarship that emphasize, value and reinforce collaboration, openness and innovation. This session will showcase the strategies undertaken by the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State to integrate digital scholarly communication into the culture of the college.

Christopher Long, Pennsylvania State University

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2. Why Not Invite a Crowd?: The Open Scholarly Review Experiment for Postmedieval’s “Becoming Media”

An exploration of the recent scholarly “crowd review” for Postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies’ special issue on “Becoming Media” (Palgrave Macmillan, SP, 2012). The unusually high response rate to this experiment in open scholarly review is assessed in terms of the crowd review’s online presence, its links with emergent online scholarly collectives, and in terms of the concept of the “crowd” in current network theory.

Jen Boyle, Coastal Carolina University

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3. “Isn’t that a Tool?”: Interpreting and Championing Digital Scholarly Communication in the Humanities

Scholars are shaped by and shape the conventions and traditions of their disciplines, which inform their engagement with new technologies for scholarly communication. Based upon a six-year empirical, qualitative study of scholars in a large cross-section of academic disciplines (the Mellon-funded Future of Scholarly Communication Project at UC Berkeley), this presentation will examine how humanities scholars in particular conceptualize creativity, interpretation, and innovation in their digital work and negotiate conventional, institutional expectations for its dissemination. More information:

Sophia Krzys Acord, University of Florida

4. Digging into Image Data to Answer Authorship Related Questions

Our presentation details our development of computer algorithms designed to support author-related inquiry into digitized visual art collections of 15th-century manuscripts, 17th and 18th-century maps, and 19th through 21st-century quilts. We address the challenges of building collaborative algorithms and the promise of cross-deployment, as well as provide preliminary results that suggest new approaches to the study of authorship through an informatic/historical concept of “authorial ecology.”

Jennifer Guiliano, University of Maryland
Michael Simeone, University of Illinois
Rob Kooper, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Dean Rehberger, Michigan State University

5. Neochoreometry: A Novel Method for Dance Movement Analysis

Neochoreometry is a novel dance movement measurement method that seeks to answer the age-old question: how do you measure dance? It is derived from choreometry (the study of dance movement) but uses video tracking mechanisms to trace a performer’s gesture. This creates a dance profile that can be plotted or visualized for pattern recognition. Neochoreometry uses the benefits of computer graphics to solve the mysteries of cultural anthropology.

Billy Andre, Boston University

Sessions C3 (Lightning Talks)

1. From Zero to Sixty in Two Semesters: Establishing the Digital Humanities in Graduate Curricula

The Director of Graduate Studies can play a vital role in setting the tone in a graduate program in regard to the role that technology plays in scholarship, teaching, and professional development. In this presentation, I will describe mentoring and instructional initiatives that have transformed a technology-absent to a technology-rich Ph.D. program in the Humanities over the course of less than one academic year.

Holly Tucker, Vanderbilt University

2. Ojibwe Language Classes at the University of Michigan: Culture, Preservation, and the Pedagogy of the Digital Age

What role can digital materials play in the language classroom? How can endangered language communities utilize online environments to foster positive interactions around the language? The Ojibwe language program at the University of Michigan addresses these issues in and outside of the classroom. This presentation will share the results of a project conducted during 2011 with undergraduate students in the program.

Adam Kriesberg, University of Michigan

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3. Digital Literacy and Game-based Learning

Game-based learning has been the subject of much research, however its potential application to teaching literacy skills has been underutilized. The BiblioBouts project explores this possibility with an online information literacy game which engages students in research skills development through competing against their peers to win, while at the same time collaborating in evaluating the quality of information sources. BiblioBouts uses social gaming principles to build a learning community focused on problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Chris Leeder, University of Michigan

4. Telecollaboration 2.0 in Language Teacher Education – The Role of the Cross-Cultural Mediator

This presentation analyzes how cross-cultural mediators use their institutional and curricular knowledge to assist in structuring online collaborations among courses at institutions in three different countries (Cyprus, South Africa, and the U.S.). We explore the cultural and pedagogical implications of these crossinstitutional online collaborations and make recommendations for curriculum and course design.

Shannon Bishop, Columbia University

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5. Architectural Historians and Digital Humanities: Trailblazing for Scholarly Societies

Since 2006, the Society of Architectural Historians has been at the forefront of scholarly societies involved with digital humanities. Through a Mellon Foundation grant, SAH created SAHARA, an online, shared, digital image database with tools aimed to transform architectural scholarship and image-based research. This presentation will discuss the development of SAHARA and how it has fostered new partnerships in the architectural community, created a new role for scholarly societies, and influenced next steps for digital humanities initiatives.

Allison Benedetti, Society of Architectural Historians

6. Recovering the Recovered Text: Digital Canon(s) and Lost Texts

While those working with digital materials discuss ongoing issues of preservation, we have not recognized that early digital recovered text projects are particularly vulnerable, particularly as such recovery work was often focused on materials not easily accessible, out of print and buried in archives. This talk discusses lost digital recovery projects and theorizes a model of preservation to insure the continuation of the recovered materials.

Amy Earhart, Texas A&M University

Sessions D – Rackham West Conference Room

Session D1 (Roundtables)

1. From the Center: Facilitating Feminist Digital Praxis and Pedagogy through Collaboration

In our presentation, we illuminate the challenges and interventions of implementing “From The Center” (FTC), a collaborative feminist participatory arts and education program, where women incarcerated in the San Francisco jail created their own HIV/AIDS prevention digital stories. Representatives from the San Francisco Department of Public Health Forensic AIDS Project, and UC Berkeley will present and facilitate a dialogue on structural inequality of incarceration, HIV/AIDS, and digital access rates that “intersect” and shape life chances.

Margaret Rhee, University of California, Berkeley
Isela Gonzalez, Forensic AIDS Project
Allyse Gray, Forensic AIDS Project

2. Mobile Collaborations: Student Research | Citizen Scholarship

The panel will present the work of the University of Iowa UNESCO City of Literature Mobile Application Development Team (COL). Mobile Collaborations is an interdisciplinary project, operating at the intersection of literary and New Media research: an exploration of the possibilities of public digital humanities research and teaching. The format will encourage active participation by all in attendance.

Bridget Draxler, Monmouth College
Jon Winet, University of Iowa
Peter Likarish, Drew University

Session D2 (Lightning Talks)

1. Digital Adaptation

Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy, by Susan Neiman, reframed our understanding of the great modern thinkers, by asking how they approached and understood the world and the problem of evil before and after the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 and the discovery of Auschwitz. Our project adapts that book through a series of interconnected vignettes taken from an extensive interview with Neiman, that can be viewed separately and interacted with on our website.

Monica Williams, 21st Century Digital Learning Environments

2. Critical Thinking and Digital Literacy

This paper reports on a project that serves as the foundation on which to build a university-wide digital literacy course. The standard of “digital literacy” assumes an ability to critically analyze and respond to the content of digital and traditional media. The response could be oral, written, visual, artwork, musical composition, film or podcasts, video, multimedia presentation or other appropriate platform.

Chuka Onwumechili, Howard University

3. Digital Literacies for a Software Culture

This presentation makes a case for the critical cultural analysis of production software as part of digital literacy initiatives. A short case study analyzes the evolution of the multimedia platform Adobe Flash in order to demonstrate how software functions as a site of power, sociality, and ideology. Beyond learning how to use media production tools, students should be introduced to critical methods for examining the discursive and symbolic work that software performs.

Megan Ankerson, University of Michigan

4. Beyond Bricks & Pixels: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Organizing a Community in the Digital Age

While social media spaces — and the communities that exist in them and beyond them — appear to be spontaneously generated, the technology itself can obscure the processes at work behind the scenes. It has never been enough to just say “if you build it, they will come” and as academic communities continue to be reconfigured both online and off, those questions must be at the forefront: build what? Who is building? For whom? By which means? This paper considers these questions through the case study of the HASTAC Scholars, as well as interviews with other online community managers and organizers to consider what it means to build collectives, consensus, conversation & ultimately community itself.

Fiona Barnett, Duke University

5. Rethinking (Through) Comics

Poised between art and language, comics are a deceptively dense, multi-dimensional, medium whose inherent multimodality approaches the complexity of our thinking more fully than text alone. Through a dissertation done entirely in comics form, I seek to expand the boundaries and radically reimagine what scholarship can look like. Comics are primed to take their place in education as a rich site for creative and critical practice and an expansive means of expression. For samples of the author’s educational comics, please see: and

Nick Sousanis, Columbia University

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Session D3 (Lightning Talks)

1. Quilt Index International and Digging Into Data: Two Material Digital Repository Initiatives Advancing Global Knowledge Production in the Humanities

Two new initiatives affiliated with the Quilt Index (QI), a thematic material culture digital repository, are fostering global material culture knowledge production and exchange. Hallmarks of the QI International and the Digging Into Data initiatives are the enhancement of research by cross-disciplinary humanities and science teams, the use of existing and new technologies, the expansion of data drawn from global collections, and the engagement of geographically distributed lay and scholarly expertise.

Justine Richardson, Michigan State University

2. Making History in a Virtual Archive: The Digital Berkeley Folk Music Festival Project

Once a digital repository exists, how do we enable the discovery and communication of new scholarly findings using its holdings? This presentation discusses the Digital Berkeley Folk Music Festival, an archivally-based, multimedia “digital history workshop” that provides a platform and a set of tools for organizing, annotating, comparing, narrativizing, and sharing artifacts in the Berkeley Folk Music Festival Collection at Northwestern University. The project suggests that if designed effectively, a virtual archive fosters a powerful new mode of material history in which evidence and interpretation can be linked in robust ways to produce and share historical discoveries.

Michael Kramer, Northwestern University

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3. Networking the Public Domain: How Fans, Scholars, and Collectors Came Together to Build the Media History Digital Library

Without any institutional funding, the Media History Digital Library ( has digitized over 150,000 pages of historic film and media periodicals for free public access. The project provides an innovative, collaborative model of how different groups — including fans, scholars, and collectors
— can come together to share knowledge, build digital resources, and expand access to the public domain.

Eric Hoyt, University of Southern California

4. Databases and Enslaved Families: Tracing the Roots of African-American Communities in Virginia

The African-American Families Database ( project involves a unique partnership among local historians, anthropologists, database designers, and community residents to develop an on-line database for connecting African-American families to their antebellum roots and tracing patterns of community formation in the post-bellum period. Information from archival records was entered into a relational database to track descendants of enslaved communities (complicated by the fact that many enslaved individuals lacked surnames).

Lynn Rainville, Sweet Briar College

5. Chicana por mi Raza: Reunifying the Archive, Recreating the Activist Network

The project responds to a need — not only to illuminate a hidden chapter of civil rights history — but to create a coherent archive out of scattered collections that exist largely in the basements, attics and garages, of women who were once part of a vast network of social action. CPMR seeks to recreate this network through digitization, and to thus reveal the ways in which social actors, throughout history, have worked across the barriers of time and space to create new visions of the world.

Maria Cotera, University of Michigan

6. Designing the Archive as Argument

This presentation will outline our design and prototyping process for developing an annotated video archive of government-produced Nuclear test and training films. Our goal is to produce an innovative interface that also presents an argument about the lives of these films as an elusive archive of state power.

Kevin Hamilton, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Sessions E (Rackham Amphitheater)

Session E1 (Lightning Talks)

1. Blogging and Blooks: Communal Authorship in a Contemporary Context

I will explore the impact of the interactive blogosphere on authorship. I will discuss the recent proliferation of blog books (or “blooks”) and examine the implications of this publishing move on contemporary authorship in the digital age. I will be discussing bloggers such as Julie Powell and Jennette Fulda and their recent “blooks.”

Staci Stutsman, Syracuse University

2. The Future of the Book Is Now – a Case-study

This dynamic presentation will provide a state of the art overview of the world of eBooks as well as a case-study of an original eBook in development. I will provide a survey of the key tablet devices, the leading distributors, the platform wars, and the studios where the future is being made, investigating the affordances of the most advanced eBooks. Finally, I will present my thesis, an eBook that utilizes data scraping and documentary-style presentation.

Spencer Striker, University of Wisconsin

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3. Rethinking the Dissertation: Experiments and Practices in the Future Cinema Lab at York University

The Future Cinema Lab at York University attracts many students interested in research/creation and re-imagining traditional dissertations. What are they making/researching? This lightening talk will outline some of our successes, difficulties and strategies related to both the content of project-based work and born digital dissertations and in navigating institutional constraints.

Caitlin Fisher, York University

4. Building and Editing a Born-Digital Volume: Writing History in the Digital Age

What could a web-born scholarly edited volume look like? What if contributors discussed and refined their ideas online, before drafting their full essays? What if papers were openly reviewed on the web? Could editors manage all of this? Would it produce a volume more intellectually coherent than those produced the traditional way? Would an academic press publish it? We will address these questions based on our born-digital edited volume, Writing History in the Digital Age. Visit the project homepage

Kristen Nawrotzki, Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg / Roehampton University
Jack Dougherty, Trinity College

5. Massively Multireader: A Networked Teaching of House of Leaves across Five Classrooms

Why read an incredibly complex novel by yourself when you can tackle it with 60 other students across the nation? This presentation will report on a cross-campus experiment in scholarly communication, digital making, and classroom shifting at five public, private, and small liberal arts schools.

Brian Croxall, Emory University

Session E2 (Special Feature Panels)

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
1. New Directions in Communication Studies on the DigitalRevolution

Graduate students from Communication Studies will each briefly discuss their work as a way to lay out some new directions in the field.

Elliot Panek, University of Michigan
Katie Frank, University of Michigan
Julia Lange, University of Michigan
Candice Haddad, University of Michigan
Amanda Cote, University of Michigan

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
2. The Future of Digital Publishing

Three of the most imaginative theorists and practitioners of digital publishing will describe their activities and perspectives on the digital frontier.

Phil Pochoda (chair), University of Michigan

Tara McPherson, University of Southern California: Editor of the born-digital, multimedia journal, Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular

Dan Cohen, George Mason University: Author/editor of several books on scholarly digital publishing, and influential blogger at

Richard Eoin Nash: Founder of Cursor, a site to coordinate a portfolio of online, membership publishing communities, including Red Lemonade, a pop-lit-alt-cult operation.

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Session E3 (Roundtables)

1. Communicating Book Histories with Digital Metadata

This panel will explore conceptions of and venues for creating, storing, and communicating electronic metadata on 18th- and 19th-century texts in ways that bring materiality to the fore in digital environments. Together, papers by Lindsey Eckert, Kirstyn Leuner, and Laura Mandell suggest that metadata about a text’s original material form and context is more than basic information; rather, it creates a dynamic dialogue between the life of the digital object and its material and social origins.

Kirstyn Leuner, University of Colorado at Boulder
Laura Mandell, Texas A&M University
Lindsey Eckert, University of Toronto

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2. Is Christo the Future of Digital Scholarly Communication?

The practical reality, and foreseeable future, of digital scholarly communication is inextricably tied to the legal process of a permissions economy. This presentation will reflect on an unfulfilled project involving digital media scholarship to demonstrate the expanded possibilities of digital scholarly communication and also the impossibility of separating the juridical from digital scholarly communication.

John Russell, University of Oregon
David Baker, University of Oregon

Posters and Demos – Connector Hall, Duderstadt Center

1. Curiosity Project

In the Curiosity Project, we explore the construct of curiosity via two modes of representation: a physical “cabinet of curiosity” containing tangible artifacts and a website containing digital representations and expansions on those artifacts. In doing so, we create a bridge between the power of immediate experience and opportunities for reflection as well as inquiry into the nature of curiosity itself.

Susanna Hapgood, University of Toledo
Jeff Kupperman, University of Michigan, Flint
Aviva Dorfman, University of Michigan, Flint

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2. Performing the Argument of Digital Writing: The 2011 Conference on Computers and Writing Web Publication

This poster project will present the digital-publication-in-progress of a recent international conference on computers and writing in order to demonstrate the ways in which digital publishing both supports and creates new forms of scholarly community and conversation. This web publication brings together video of conference presentations, pre-circulated conference materials, Twitter streams, post-conference blog posts, and other forms of scholarship and conversation occasioned by the conference.

Naomi Silver, University of Michigan
Anne Gere, University of Michigan
Matt Burton, University of Michigan
Crystal VanKooten, University of Michigan

3. Expressing Human Complexity: The Father Divine Project

The Father Divine Project is an online documentary and interpretive scholarly website about a little-known, but historically significant, American religion called The Peace Mission Movement. Built and designed on Scalar–the new digital humanities platform from the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture at USC–the project conjoins ethnography, interpretive writing, video documentary and media archive to present, preserve, translate, narrate, and critically analyze the history and creative life ways of an American religious community.

Will Luers, Washington State University Vancouver

4. The Fourth Node on the Internet: An Online Display and Digital Library Documenting ARPA Network History at the University of Utah

This project created a digital library and online exhibit to describe the University of Utah’s role in the early development of the Internet. An intern worked with librarians to conduct interviews and identify sources. Besides documenting institutional history, the project demonstrated a content creation role for academic libraries where library faculty and staff turn their attention to noteworthy but often ignored local materials, and collect them in way that makes them available to scholars world-wide.

Alison Regan, University of Utah
Ambra Gagliardi, University of Utah
Amy Brunvand, University of Utah

5. Ellipsis: An Open Source Application for Scholarly Collaboration

Ellipsis is a Web application for creating interactions with text and other media. Unlike other collection/presentation or learning management systems, it focuses on designing interactions between users. With minimal support, faculty can go beyond merely setting permissions or creating layouts; they can create unique workflows for collaboration, which can integrate annotations, discussion boards, visualizations, and media authoring. These workflows can include assessments at various points, and they can culminate in media-rich online portfolio presentations.

William Garr, Georgetown University

6. The Marriage of Standards and Access: Centralized Services as a Tool for Collaboration, Publication and Curation

By providing an accessible and broadly applicable product tied to a suite of sophisticated web services, the university can not only empower young scholars and pilot projects but also foreground important issues surrounding digital scholarly media. Spatial humanities media provides the best opportunity to develop these products, given the maturity of theory, tools and data standards. Here demonstrated is one such solution, using the Drupal CMS tied to Geoserver and PostGIS.

Elijah Meeks, Stanford University

7. Feminist Interventions in Digital Publishing: The Fembot Project

Fembot is a collaborative of faculty, graduate students, and librarians promoting research on gender, new media and technology. Fembot aims to seize the means of scholarly production by creating an open access journal with a re-envisioned model of peer review and tools for multi-modal publication, community, and promotion. Built using WordPress and with a commitment to open source, the tools created by Fembot will be redistributed to the community.

Karen Estlund, University of Oregon
Carol Stabile, University of Oregon
Bryce Peake, University of Oregon

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8. Community-Based Collaborative Yearbook Digitization

This video presents a project to extend the scope of digital humanities into local, historical communities through a project to collaboratively digitize and use local high school yearbooks in Champaign-Urbana. This video tutorial presents a collaboratively produced tutorial on community-based humanities digitization. The project focuses on how local, historical communities can become involved as active agents in web design and digitization of archival and library materials for use in both scholarship and community memory.

Noah Lenstra, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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9. Learning to Design and Build Apps: Best Practices

Seeking new kinds of research and teaching opportunities, faculty and students worked and learned together to produce two mobile apps, one driven by an NEH grant, the other funded by a local business. This presentation shares best practices for teaching and learning app design and development, resources that work well for digital humanities classroom instruction, effective curriculum design, emerging perspectives of app aesthetics, technical requirements, and teaching resources.

John Barber, Washington State University Vancouver

10. The People’s Weather Map

The People’s Weather Map utilizes Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping technology to catalog and index historical and contemporary narratives surrounding extreme weather events. User-contributed narratives, photographs, and personal stories put a human face on these distant and extreme events. Through GIS, these individuals’ experiences are layered with related scientific and historical information as well as projected narratives based upon current climate change models.

Mark NeuCollins, University of Iowa

11. The Football Scholars Forum – An Online Community of Humanists Studying Soccer

The Football Scholars Forum began as an academic book club that met monthly online to discuss recent works in soccer scholarship. A year and a half later, authors, professors, graduate students, and journalists with a variety of interests and backgrounds are using the web to collaborate in individual and collective research projects from around the world. FSF uses tools like Zotero, Omeka, Skype, and its website to share research and build an academic directory and community of scholars:

Alex Galarza, Michigan State University
Peter Alegi, Michigan State University

12. Cluster Vision: A System to Dynamically Explore Images and Texts

Current information systems have limited usefulness in situations where large numbers of information objects are retrieved and presented to their users. This situation is amplified when the retrievals include items with multiple formats. This demonstration presents a system under development which provides dynamic explorations of the information space of texts and images. Cluster Vision uses several information retrieval methods to present users with interactive visual displays of visual and textual resources.

Joan Beaudoin, Wayne State University

13. Evil in Modern Thought: A Digital Adaptation

Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy, by Susan Neiman, reframed our understanding of the great modern thinkers, by asking how they approached and understood the world and the problem of evil before and after the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 and the discovery of Auschwitz. Our project adapts that book through a series of interconnected vignettes taken from an extensive interview with Neiman, that can be viewed separately and interacted with on our website.

Monica Williams, 21st Century Digital Learning Environments

14. E-Textbook Initiatives: How Tapping the Undergraduate Market Can Benefit University Publishing—and Students

Current models of academic publishing produce expensive, small-print run monographs and pricey, often limited-access journals. Neither of these engages the vast undergraduate audience—a substantial constituency of any university. Yet while scholars are very selectively buying monographs, undergraduates spend hundreds of dollars on textbooks every semester. Could refocusing on the instructional mission of the university benefit both scholars and their students? This poster presents a model for bringing e-textbooks into the university’s publishing enterprise.

Rebecca Crist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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15. Views from a Distance: A Nephological Model

Cloud-gazing yields insights into shared and evolving disciplinary topoi, particularly when the practice involves a nephological model, i.e., a series of word clouds designed to report on the frequency and recency of selected terms in a series of texts. This installation frames such insights as network sense, a principle guided by conceptual and lexical threads manifest across a series of published keynote addresses delivered at the Conference on College Composition and Communication from 1977–2010.

Derek Mueller, Eastern Michigan University

16. Integrating Digital Collections into the Liberal Arts Curriculum

We will describe the efforts of the Next Generation Library project to integrate digital collections into the humanities, science, and arts curricula at liberal arts colleges. This project uses librarian and faculty partnerships to design and build digital collections that are both valuable for research and ensure their use in the classroom to enhance the undergraduate experience.

Catalina Oyler, The Five Colleges of Ohio
Joshua Finnell, Denison University
Jessica Clemons, College of Wooster

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17. Radical Effects on Learning: Transforming Communities and Practice

This poster, first presented at the NSF REESE Principle Investigator Conference in October 2011 (, illustrates the people, history, and goals of the biennial Gordon Research Conference on Visualization in Science and Education. This small (~140 attendee) interdisciplinary conference ( provides a forum for the critical examination of the uses of visual images and the tools used to create them for learning in all areas of physical, biological and computer science, engineering, and technology.

Elizabeth Dorland, Washington University in St. Louis