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May 5: Look Inside: Utopia and the Digital Archive

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    Leila Walker

    This just in from the GC Utopians — an event of potential interest to DHIers…

    Dear GC Utopians:

    Please join the Utopian Studies Group for our next meeting this Thursday, 5/5 @6:30pm in room 5409 of The Graduate Center, CUNY. We are delighted to host Brian Greenspan of Carleton University who will be discussing the “archive” in the context of both Utopian Studies and digitization efforts. After Brian’s presentation, there will be ample time for discussion and general socializing (refreshments will be served). See below for an abstract of the talk and Brian’s bio.

    Since we will be providing food/drinks, please take a quick moment to RSVP (to so we know how many people to expect. Many thanks!

    Jill & Chris

    “Look Inside: Utopia and the Digital Archive”

    In utopia, the archive is literally everywhere, from Bacon’s New Atlantis, which d’Alembert called an “immense catalogue of what remains to be discovered,” to the multimedia assemblage that is Le Guin’s Always Coming Home. Much more than an image or theme, the archival principle invades the setting, trappings, institutions and social relations of utopia, providing a novel principle of social and narrative organization. However, by many accounts, both the idea and the material reality of the archive itself is currently under threat from projects seeking to digitize our collective heritage. This talk will consider the effects of mass digitizing projects on the utopian archive and, by extension, on our understanding of utopia.

    Brian Greenspan is an Associate Professor at Carleton University, and founding Director of the Hypertext and Hypermedia Lab, which he designed and built with a grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Research Network for E-Commerce, the Australian Research Council, and the National Centre of Excellence for Graphics and New Media. An Executive member of the Society for Utopian Studies since 2006, Prof. Greenspan’s scholarship focuses on utopian narratives, digital media, and the intersections between them. With colleagues at Carleton and the IT University of Copenhagen, he is currently developing a locative media authoring system for archival research, heritage conservation, and the creative and critical study of social space.

    Leila Walker

    Sorry, that RSVP should be to a Doodle poll:

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