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February Events – Mary Flanagan at CUNYDHI; Todd Presner at NYU

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    Hi All —

    We’re *almost* ready to release our full calendar for CUNY DHI – sorry for the delay, but we’re excited about the speakers we’ve put together. Below, please find two events — one ours, and one at NYU — that are coming up soon. And stay tuned for the full list of events.

    Opening Keynote – Minding the Body Conference – http://mindingthebodyconference.wordpress.com/about-the-conference/opening-keynote/
    Mary Flanagan (Dartmouth College)
    Thursday, February 28, 2013
    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    C204-205 – “Never Mind the Body, Here’s a Gamepad? Considering Embodiment in The Age of Play”
    CUNY Graduate Center

    Mary Flanagan is an innovator focused on how people create and use technology. Her groundbreaking explorations across the arts, humanities, and sciences represent a novel use of methods and tools that bind research with introspective cultural production. As an artist, her collection of works range from game-inspired systems to computer viruses, embodied interfaces to interactive texts. These works are exhibited internationally at venues including the Laboral Art Center, The Whitney Museum of American Art, SIGGRAPH, Beall Center, The Banff Centre, The Moving Image Center, Steirischer Herbst, Ars Electronica, Artist’s Space, The Guggenheim Museum New York, Incheon Digital Arts Festival South Korea, Writing Machine Collective Hong Kong, Maryland Institute College of Art, and venues in Brazil, France, UK, Canada, Taiwan, New Zealand, and Australia.

    As a researcher, she focuses on popular culture, digital studies, and computer games to look at issues of representation, behavior, equity, and process. She writes about popular culture and digital media such as computer games, virtual agents, and online spaces in order to understand how they affect and reflect culture. In the field of creative writing, Flanagan is known as a writer of electronic literature, and she is also a poet, with work in The Iowa Review, Barrow Street, Saranac Review, Mudfish, and other books & periodicals. She has written more than twenty critical essays on digital art, cyberculture, and gaming in periodicals such as Art Journal, Wide Angle, Intelligent Agent, Convergence, and Culture Machine, as well as several books. Her books in English include reload: rethinking women + cyberculture (2002), re:SKIN (2007), and Critical Play: Radical Game Design (2009), all with MIT Press. She is also co-author with Matteo Bittanti of Similitudini. Simboli. Simulacri, on the game The Sims (in Italian, Unicopli 2003). She is author, with Helen Nissenbaum, of the forthcoming Values at Play (MIT Press, 2013).

    Flanagan founded the Tiltfactor game research laboratory in 2003, where researchers study and make social games, urban games, and software in a rigorous theory/practice environment. She is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College.

    Digital_Humanities: Explorations of the Space Between
    Thursday, February 21, 2013, 5:30PM – 7:30PM
    Held at 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
    In this lecture, Todd Presner argues for the centrality of the Humanities in its long and complex history for critical digital thought and innovation. RSVP at: http://nyudh022113.eventbrite.com. A reception will follow.

    Thick Mapping and Spatial Humanities Workshop
    Friday, February 22, 2013, 12:30PM – 2:00PM
    Held at 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
    In this workshop, Todd Presner will explore some of the emerging tools and platforms in the “spatial humanities” for creating “thick maps” and “thick visualizations” as well as discuss the HyperCities project and his recent book, Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities (Harvard UP, 2013). RSVP at: http://nyud022213.eventbrite.com. Light refreshments will be served.

    Todd Presner is Chair of UCLAʼs Digital Humanities program and is Professor of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature. He is also the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the UCLA Center forJewish Studies. He is the founder and director of Hypercities a digital mapping project, and most recently a co-author of the book, Digital_Humanities (MIT Press, 2012), with Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, and Jeffrey Schnapp. His current project is called “The Ethics of the Algorithm” and examines the 50,000+ Holocaust testimonies of the Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive in order to explore how a database or information architecture can be “ethical.” All events are free and open to the public.

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