Concurrent Sessions 2: Schedule

Session B2 (Roundtables)

  1. Authors, Articles, Editors, and Editions: Publishing Scholarship in the Digital Age
    Douglas Seefeldt, Amanda Gailey, Brian Sarnacki
    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 hu- manities 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 dis- seminate scholarship.
  2. New Sites for Composition: Studying the Research of Writing in Digital Spaces
    Ben Gunsberg, Steven Engel, Chris Gerben
    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.
  3. Special Feature Panel: The University of Michigan and Global Circuits of Knowledge
    Margaret Hedstrom, Andres Pletch, Derek Peterson, Rebecca Scott, David Wallace Edgardo Pérez–Morales, Timothy Murray
    This panel highlights a variety of projects that take advance of the affordances of digital technologies. They include imperatives of the global south, scholarly com- munication, and intervention in archival forms.

Session C2 (Lightning Talks)

  1. Digital Scholarship and the Institutional Culture
    Christopher Long
    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.
  2. Why Not Invite a Crowd?: The Open Scholarly Review Experiment for Postmedieval’s “Becoming Media”
    Jen Boyle
    An exploration of the recent scholarly “crowd review” for Postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies’ special issue on “Becoming Media” (Palgrave Mac- millan, 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.
  3. “Isn’t that a Tool?”: Interpreting and Championing Digital Scholarly Communication in the Humanities
    Sophia Krzys Acord
    Scholars are shaped by and shape the conventions and traditions of their dis- ciplines, 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 expecta- tions for its dissemination. More information:
  4. Authorial Ecologies: Digging into Image Data to Answer Authorship Related Questions
    Jennifer Guiliano, Michael Simeone, Rob Kooper, Dean Rehberger
    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.”
  5. Neochoreometry: A Novel Method for Dance Movement Analysis
    Billy Andre
    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 mecha- nisms 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.

Session D2 (Lightning Talks)

  1. Creating School Documentation to Turn Your School into a Technology Center
    Ellen Faden 
    Schools are already sports complexes, theaters, restaurants, educational sites, and more. With existing hardware and software, schools can also be technology centers. As in industry, technology use is documented, using best practices of technical writing. Learn an easy way to begin setting up your school technology center documentation. We will cover the School Documentation Architecture Diagram, and your most essential tool for documentation: the wiki.
  2. Critical Thinking and Digital Literacy
    Chuka Onwumechili
    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.
  3. Digital Literacies for a Software Culture
    Megan Ankerson
    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 evo- lution of the multimedia platform Adobe Flash in order to demonstrate how soft- ware 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.
  4. Beyond Bricks & Pixels: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Organizing a Community in the Digital Age
    Fiona Barnett
    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.
  5. Rethinking (Through) Comics
    Nick Sousanis
    Poised between art and language, comics are a deceptively dense, multi-dimen- sional, 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:

Session E2 (Feature Program)

  1. 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM: New Directions in Communication Studies on the Digital Revolution
    Elliot Panek, Katie Frank, Julia Lange, Candice Haddad, Amanda Cote
    Graduate students from Communication Studies will each briefly discuss their work as a way to lay out some new directions in the field.
  2. 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM: The Future of Digital Publishing
    Phil Pochoda (chair), Tara McPherson, Dan Cohen, Richard Eoin Nash
    Three of the most imaginative theorists and practitioners of digital publishing will describe their activities and perspectives on the digital frontier.

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