Victoria Szabo

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My primary focus is on the critical and practical affordances of data and archives-driven spatial media. My interests include digital maps, games, exhibitions, and augmented reality and their uses for teaching, research, artistic expression, and public outreach. I'm especially interested in expanding access to research and interpretative material in context and on-site, and in dialogue with lived experience of spaces, places, and objects and in partnership with relevant communities. Current projects include NC Jukebox, Digital Durham, Visualizing Venice, and the Psychasthenia Studio art-game series. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in media history, historical and cultural visualization, computational media, gender and digital culture, and digital humanities theory/practice.  

I'm also very interested in the futures of libraries and of collaborative and lab-based scholarly practices in the humanities. As Director of Graduate Studies for our MA and PhD in Computational Media, Arts & Cultures I also coordinate our interdisciplinary media arts labs community in the historic Smith Warehouse and participate in the ISS and Wired Labs. I am currently PI on two DH Institutes running in 2018-19 and sponsored by our lab community and partners: Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D Geospatial Networks, supported by the Getty Foundation (#DAHVenice2018), and Virtual and Augmented Reality for the Digital Humanities (VARDHI) supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. I am also a past co-director of the FHI GreaterThanGames: Transmedia Applications, Virtual Worlds, and Digital Storytelling Lab and am currently working on a new multidisciplinary games-based initiative at Duke, which is set to launch in 2019.

Outside of Duke I am the current Chair of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM SIGGRAPH) Digital Arts Community. Before coming to Duke, I worked as an Academic Technology Specialist and Manager at Stanford University and as an Instructional Multimedia Specialist at Grinnell College. I have a PhD in English and Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Rochester.

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Assistant Professor of the Practice of Computational Media Arts at Duke University

September 4 2018 to November 1 2018
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The Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University in Durham, NC invites applications and nominations for a non-tenure-track, renewable regular-rank position at the assistant professor of the practice level to begin July 2019. Candidates must work in the area of...
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June 30 2018 to October 15 2018
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FOUNDING DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF THE ARTS DUKE KUNSHAN UNIVERSITY Duke Kunshan University (DKU) invites applications for the Founding Distinguished Professor of the Arts . DKU is poised to launch an innovative, integrated and interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences undergraduate program leading to both Duke and DKU degrees. This curriculum is designed to give the arts a central role. This role begins with an initial major in Media and Arts and we seek a faculty leader who can further develop a curricular and co-curricular vision for the arts at DKU.

A New Kind of Work: Articulating and Evaluating Excellence in Digital Scholarship at MLA15

January 9 2015
NOTE from ORGANIZER: I'm hoping to gather some examples of evaluation guidelines to make available on MLA Commons prior to the event. If your institution has any you would like to share please send me a link! - Victoria Szabo 357. A New Kind of Work: Articulating and Evaluating Excellence in...
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