Tri-Co Hosts Second Annual Digital Humanities Symposium March 29-30

Posted March 22nd, 2012 at 4:49 pm.

Students from Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swathmore Colleges have organized the second-annual “Re: Humanities” symposium, which will take place March 29-30 at Swarthmore College. The “Re: Humanities” symposiums offer a unique outlet for undergraduates from throughout the country to present their original digital-humanities research.

“Re: Humanities ’12″ will include a wide array of presentations from eight colleges and universities across the United States.  These presentations will address the use of digital media in academia, from digital archivalism, to pop media, to the (re)tooling of textual analysis. The event seeks to better understand this emerging field by examining its influence on traditional scholarship and its potential for transforming higher education.

Bryn Mawr students Hema Surendranathan ’14 and Mirella Deocadiz ’14 will  present their work on developing digital citation practices.  Their presentation,”Re: Envisioning Citation,” discusses the functions and social expectations of various social media sites  and how the citation method morphs in these spaces.  Surendranathan and Deocadiz have produced a citation methodology for the conference that will encourage participants to cite presentations and casual discussions on social media sites.  Both students will also present their research on citation/authorship of digital platforms at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association Conference.

Along with student presentations, the symposium will also include public lectures by two distinguished scholars, Alexandra Juhasz and Katherine Harris.

Juhasz will open the symposium with her presentation on “Teaching and Learning as Making: Repurposing Social Media Spaces” on Thursday, March 29, at 4:30 p.m., in Kohlberg 116 at Swarthmore. She is a media-studies professor at Pitzer College and is known for her recently published “video-book,” Learning from YouTube. Juhasz has a Ph.D. in cinema studies from NYU and has taught courses at Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, Claremont Graduate University, and Pitzer College on YouTube, media archives, activist media, documentary, and feminist film.

Harris will present a keynote address about digital pedagogies called, “Doing the Risky Thing: Playing Around in Digital Humanities,” on Friday, March 30, at 1:15 p.m., in Kohlberg 116 at Swarthmore.  She is a professor of English and comparative literature at San Jose State University and has been named to the Council on Digital Humanities for the National Institute of Technology in Liberal Education for her work in chronicling her teaching adventures in a March 2011 blog called, “A Day in the Life of Digital Humanities.”

“Re: Humanities ’12” is organized by the Re: Humanities ’12 working group, which includes Deocadiz and Surendranathan, as well as Bryn Mawr student Archana Kaku ’14 and students from Haverford and Swarthmore.  These students selected the conference presentations and are involved in the publicity, communications and design aspects of the conference.

“Re: Humanities ’12” is sponsored by the Tri-Co Digital Humanities Consortium, The John B. Hurford ’60 Center for Arts and Humanities, and the Bryn Mawr Digital Humanities Program.

The first “Re: Humanities” symposium was organized by Haverford and Bryn Mawr in 2010 and was featured in the New York Times.

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