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Digital Humanities Initiative

The CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative (CUNY DHI), launched in Fall 2010, aims to build connections and community among those at CUNY who are applying digital technologies to scholarship and pedagogy in the humanities. All are welcome: faculty, students, and technologists, experienced practitioners and beginning DHers, enthusiasts and skeptics.

We meet regularly on- and offline to explore key topics in the Digital Humanities, and share our work, questions, and concerns. See our blog for more information on upcoming events (it’s also where we present our group’s work to a wider audience). Help edit the CUNY Digital Humanities Resource Guide, our first group project. And, of course, join the conversation on the Forum.

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Events in NYC this week

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  • Busy Week! One more on the 7th at Brookyln College: Frederica Frabetti on Rethinking the Digital Humanities.

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    Hi all,
    With apologies for cross-posting, just wanted to let you know about this event on April 15-16, should be great:


    Hosted by The New School Department of Media Studies and Film and the Art, Media & Technology Department at Parsons the New School for Design

    April 15 & 16, 2011, New York NY. The 11th Annual Critical Themes Conference at the New School will bring together students from across the globe to present interdisciplinary, theoretical, and critical approaches to a broad range of media studies. The two-day conference will kick off with a panel discussion entitled “The Multimodal Dissertation” in which PhD students Jennifer Heuson, Veronica Paredes, and Carlin Wing will present their experiences with multimodal research work. Following this will be an opening keynote address from Professor Clay Shirky of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. Saturday will continue with a full day of student presentations, and will conclude with a closing keynote address by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. Since the initial conference in 2000, Critical Themes has grown into a leading forum for showcasing research papers from graduate students pushing the boundaries of academic research. This year the conference continues this trend as it welcomes student scholars from eighteen universities spanning six countries.


    5:45-7:15 p.m., Friday, April 15
    55 West 13th St., 2nd floor, Lang Center

    Multimodal scholarship, writes USC’s Tara McPherson (2009), deploys “new experiential, emotional, and even tactile aspects of argument and expression” in order to “open up fresh avenues of inquiry and research.” How might we in Media Studies transform the media technologies that have traditionally been our research subjects, into research tools, and thereby “open up fresh avenues” of creative scholarship? This panel examines how these new modes of scholarly practice are informing doctoral education. Our three panelists discuss how they’re infusing media-making into their dissertations, and how they’re navigating the still largely uncharted terrain of multimodal scholarship.

    Chair: Professor Shannon Mattern

    For more details on the panel, see

    Just received this announcement from the Brooklyn Public Library: coming up on May 19, Trevor Owens of the Library of Congress. Please pass it on!

    Please pass this announcement on to any relevant listservs or professional groups at your institution. We especially invite students and professionals interested in cultural heritage, digital curation and preservation, information visualization and other similar fields to attend. Please see also the attached flyer – feel free to include with forwarded emails or print and post at your office.

    Trevor Owens, Digital Archivist with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) at the Library of Congress, will give a lecture titled “From Records to Data: Seeing and Sharing Digital Cultural Heritage Collections Differently with Recollection” at Brooklyn Public Library’s Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture on Thursday, May 19th from 3-4:30pm.

    Owens will introduce and demonstrate the utility of Recollection, a free open source platform for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow scholars, librarians and curators to explore digital collections in novel and intuitive ways.

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    BTW – if anyone’s been to any of these events, THATCamps, etc., it would be great to hear about them on the forum! 🙂

    I didn’t forget, Charlie! 🙂 A couple of weeks a go I went to Jersey Shore THATCamp. It was good fun. Of particular interest were the bootcamps I attended on Omeka and Visual Eyes. I received a microfellowship to go and consequently was asked to blog about the experience, which I have done here:
    I was holding out on sharing, because I created the blog for this purpose and have been meaning to add more content, but it will have to wait. Feel free to comment.

    Sorry about cross-posting, but anyone interested in Wikipedia might want to check these out:
    – Newbie Wiki Workshop, Tuesday April 26, 7pm @ New Work City (412 Broadway at Canal St): [introductory workshop/meetup]
    – GLAMcamp NYC, May 20-22 at New York Public Library/SIBL(other side of the CUNY Graduate Center) [Rather than an open community conference like Wikimania, this will be a workshop targeting a small group of community-focused and technology-focused Wikimedians to kickstart the key elements of the project. Attendees will also include key representatives of GLAM (and related) institutions who have a strong relationship with Wikimedia already.]

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