Program 2018

Digitorium 2018 – Program of Events

Day 1 – Thu Oct. 4

9:30am – 5:00pm Registration

10:30am – 11:20am Session 1

3D Laser Scanning Technology for Architecture and Allied Professions; William J. Batson, Jr., Yunsik Song, Pankaj Chhetri, Abel Simie, Prarie View A & M University

Recently, schools of architecture have acquired 3D laser scanning technology to aid measuring, accuracy and to generating as-built drawings, and field measurements of existing historic buildings and structures. Soon 3D laser scanning technology will be integrated into architectural and urban planning curricula across the globe as a requisite technology that binds architecture, city and community development, urban and regional planning and historic preservation. The benefit of using a 3D laser scanner is its efficient use of time, accuracy, and precision while reducing human error and minimizing site century tool necessary to create finalized professional drawings for historic preservation, reconstruction, and documentation.

10:30am – 11:20am Session 1

Upload as Impact: Explorations in Multimodal Student Learning; Alex Hollinghead, M K Foster, Quoc Hoang, University of Alabama

From media labs to Marco Polo recordings to video essays, we have sought to engage students with novel forms of audiovisual content creation and, in doing so, we have witnessed the ways in which different audiovisual mediums encouraged students to imagine their arguments and ideas more powerfully and organically through a medium that is increasingly becoming a central form of communication in their personal and professional lives. Over the course of our panel, we will share our respective experiences with specific multimodal assignments in our classrooms and workspaces, and our ambition is to highlight for the digital humanities community accessible, dynamic applications of multimodal projects from different corners of the academic community.

11:30am – 12:20pm Session 2

3D Scanning Workshop; Vincent Scalfani, University of Alabama

The 3D scanning workshop will introduce attendees to 3D scanning technologies. With 3D scanning technology, users can create digital 3D models of tangible objects. We will discuss a variety of applications of 3D scanning in humanities research and teaching. Lastly, we will demonstrate how the technology works and provide an overview of the 3D scanning workflow.

11:30am – 12:20pm Session 2

Audio Library in Open Access Digital Repositories; Maria Imaculada da Conceicão, Universidade de São Paulo

12:20pm – 2:00pm Lunch (on your own)

2:00pm – 2:50pm Session 3

Creating Accessible Digital Humanities Projects; Melissa Green, University of Alabama

We employ digital methods to bring scholarship and scholarly communities to life. However, by failing to ensure our Digital Humanities projects are accessible to users with disabilities, we erect barriers to engagement and undermine the success of our efforts. This session provides a brief introduction to designing accessible Digital Humanities projects: the importance of accessible design and high-impact practices scholars and practitioners can apply to create accessible documents, images, audio, video, and web content.

2:00pm – 2:50pm Session 3

The User-Friendliness of Returntocinder.com (a database of the work of Jacques Derrida); Jake Reeder, Marist College

Returntocinder.com is a concordance-style database of the work of Jacques Derrida. In this workshop, I will analyze the pedagogical value of the condensed grammar of the 14,000 entries, and demonstrate the unique and efficient search options the site provides. Among the many ideas associated with Derrida, those most pertinent to this project are dissemination and the university without conditions. The website also includes entries from other authors, hoping to serve as a massive prosthetic resource of the central ideas of the Western tradition. The site aspires to offer a “user-friendliness worthy of the name.”

3:00pm – 3:50 Session 4

Parsing Chronicling America: Using Article-Level Searches in Historical Arguments; Marcy L. Galbreath and Amy L. Giroux, University of Central Florida

For humanities scholars, the digital archive Chronicling America is attractive primary source material. To simplify data searches in this big data environment, we developed a theme-based portal, Historical Agricultural News, or HAN, that performs searches on a subset of data composed of articles rather than pages. The articles that make up the HAN database were collected by a unique algorithm that captured any article-level content related to agriculture organization keywords. This paper explains the use of HAN in supporting the arguments that digitized archival newspapers can help chart the transmission of progressive agricultural practices and historical immigration debates.

3:00pm – 3:50pm Session 4

Practical Project Planning for Digital Humanists; Sarah Ketchley, University of Washington

4:00pm – 4:50pm Session 5

Sustaining DH Centers Panel; Jason Battles, University of Georgia, Madeleine Casad, Vanderbilt University, Gina Costello, Louisiana State University, Holly Mercer, University of Kentucky, Jean Phillips, Florida State University, Thomas C. Wilson, University of Alabama

Amidst myriad budgetary challenges, why should universities develop and support digital humanities and digital scholarship programs? What sets DH centers apart from other programs and services that perhaps have a more easily evaluated overall impact? This panel of leaders overseeing digital humanities and digital scholarship efforts at five different universities will discuss the evolution of and current stages of their individual programs; how they demonstrate value and impact as related to interdisciplinary research and pedagogy; various strategies for seeking partners, advocates, and external support; and how their DH programs fit within the libraries’ and universities’ strategic plans.

4:00pm – 4:50pm Session 5

Study of Grant Proposals and Referee Reports for Digital Humanities Courses in Taiwan; Yawen Zou, Shu-heng Chen, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen

Grant proposals are important academic writings and the review of grant proposals is equally important to academics from all disciplines. With the rapid growth of the computational technologies, research on digital humanities have increased tremendously worldwide, and Taiwanese scholars have been actively engaged in the digital turn. This research studies the grant proposals of Taiwan’s “Talent Cultivation Project for Digital Humanities” in 2017 and 2018, and the corresponding referee reports. The grant proposals reveal the themes of digital humanities research in Taiwan, and the referee reports shed light on the common features of referee feedbacks.

5:00pm – 6:30pm Reception


Day 2 – Fri. Oct. 5

8:00am – 4:00pm Registration

8:15am – 9:00 am Digital Exhibits

Transparency and Organic DH Development: the Case of Mill Marginalia Online; Albert D. Pionke, University of Alabama

Although widely recognized for his publications in logic, epistemology, political economy, aesthetics, social reform, and other subjects, John Stuart Mill has been less well known for his extensive unpublished marginalia. Mill Marginalia Online, is seeking to change this, by making Mill handwritten marks and annotations publically available and fully searchable via a new web application, millmarginalia.org. Project Director Albert Pionke will introduce the new site—the underlying technology of which is available for transfer to further DH projects—and will reflect on how MMO’s progressive revision can help to prepare future project directors to implement their own DH initiatives.

8:15am – 9:00 am Digital Exhibits

A Catalog of Imaginary Flags; Holland Hopson, University of Alabama

A Catalog of Imaginary Flags is a software-based artwork that invites visitors to design a digital flag for themselves or their community. Each user-created flag is posted to a Twitter account (@imaginaryflags), which also serves as a catalog of previously created flags. The work was made with Processing, an open-source tool for artists and designers.

9:00am – 10:15am Plenary 1

Sarah Ketchley, University of Washington

10:30am – 11:20am Session 6

Vector Modeling Semantic Change and Literary Meaning: the case of Hamlet and Early Modern Religious Controversy; Mark Dahlquist, Miami University of Ohio

This project uses Word2Vec to model, decade-by-decade, the VEP-TCP corpus of English texts printed between 1560 and 1660. I use the model produced to examine the changing meaning of the word “scandal” during this period, and as a way of approaching a traditional textual problem in Shakespeare studies: the meaning of the “dram of eale” passage that occurs in Hamlet at 1.4.36-38. Bridging the gap between “distant” and “close” approaches to literary texts, this paper demonstrates how vector modeling tools and techniques can serve literary scholars exploring long-standing interpretive questions.

10:30am – 11:20am Session 6

Digital Gender Divide in Lagos State, Nigeria: An Evaluation and its Implication; Akerele Emmanuel Wasiu, Anchor University Lagos, Nigeria

Development is a mantra in Nigeria that governments sing about especially on assumption of office. But little do they know that western economies have depended solely on the education and skills of their population on the road to economic transformation and development. It is in this wise that digitization plays a crucial role in the quality of the population. Every population is divided across gender lines, that is, male or female. From existing literature, in Nigeria, men have more access to digital devices than women do and ironically, women are larger in population and are more enterprising than men. Women dominate in the business sector in the country. But unfortunately, instead of harnessing this strength, the female folks have been bitterly marginalized from the digitized world in Nigeria. The role of women is crucial in that it ought to contribute to the development story of the country if and only if women are given equal opportunity as the men have in the aspect of digitization. Digitization promotes business enterprises especially in the age of globalization. Women for all reasons (values, level of education, technical knowledge but to mention a few) that are societal have been tactically marginalized in the African community. This paper, therefore, seeks to investigate other reasons for which women have been marginalized. To also examine the implication of this divide on the road to the country’s development will be an objective this paper seeks to achieve. To find out what can be done to remedy this divide. This paper adopts a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodology. Secondary sources of information will be adopted. It will not be sufficient to bank on secondary sources of information so it will be coupled with a structured interview. The paper rests on inequality theory as a way of interrogating factors responsible for the divide- natural or societal? The paper concludes that for sustainable economic development, the “gender divide” should be rolled away and that women should be integrated and given equal opportunity as men.

11:30am – 1:00pm Lunch (provided)

1:00pm – 1:50pm Session 7

Mapping Medieval Egypt: Developing An Interactive Land Tenure Database For Medieval Egypt; Muhammad Hafez Shaaban, Queen Mary, University of London

This experimental presentation will explain the digital methods used in building ‘Mapping Mamlūk Egypt’ and how the resulting database helped answer questions about the area’s land tenure system. Using a web-based framework to utilize this database in realtime to create interactive visualizations, the presentation walks the audience through the methods used to digitize a medieval Arabic cadastral survey and map its contents. The presentation will then not only explain how the project was used to answer questions about the evolution of private property in medieval Egypt but also how the project provides useful tools for other researchers.

1:00pm – 1:50pm Session 7

Notre Dame in 1968: Today’s Students Look Back–Creating a Timeline Exhibit as a Case Study in Digital Pedagogy and Collaborative Teaching; Angela Fritz, Rachel Bohlmann, Julie Vecchio, University of Notre Dame

This panel will explore the pedagogical successes and challenges of using a digital platform, TimelineJS, to support undergraduate research and collaborative teaching. We will showcase a digital exhibit, “Notre Dame in 1968: Today’s Students Look Back,” created as part of an upper-level undergraduate course in the Film, Television, and Theater (FTT) Department at the University of Notre Dame. The panel will discuss the rewards and unique challenges of bringing digital humanities projects into a classroom. Topics include project planning and scoping, metadata creation, implementation (including organizing a display to a scholarly audience), rights management (e.g. FERPA and copyright review), and digital preservation.

2:00pm – 2:50pm Session 8

Living in the Machine: The Cloud as Hyperobject; Brian Gaines, Clemson University

The Cloud, beginning as an innocuous diagram connecting ideas, thoughts, and concepts has eventually given way to a quite literal physical infrastructure that global computation relies upon. Because of the interchangeability of computation between the metaphoric and actual regarding the cloud is evident, an apparent argument for Morton’s concept of the Hyperobject becomes obvious. The cloud, as a Hyperobject, subsumes our social, economic, and environment in both digital and corporeal realities in ways we have yet to understand, the argument for a deep examination of the ethics and stewardship of the Cloud is paramount.

2:00pm – 2:50pm Session 8

Digital Humanities Dissertations: A New Model for PhD Scholarship; Jenifer Ishee Hoffman, Mississippi State University

The new model of accepting born digital dissertations by PhD candidates in lieu of the traditional monographic textual dissertation is permitted in the humanities departments of a handful of colleges in the United States. Proponents claim these technologically based dissertations better prepare their students for careers as instructors, as opposed to researchers, and for careers outside academia, which a growing number of graduates pursue. What are the implications for this new model of scholarship? If posturing answers to research questions is the heart of a dissertation, does this form of scholarship provide answers with no questions as the opponents claim? Is this a form of disruptive technology invading the humanities or is this new model at the forefront of humanities education in the 21st century?

3:00pm – 3:50pm Session 9

The play IS the thing: Using agent-based modeling to suggest authorship for A Yorkshire Tragedy; Brian Kokensparger, Creighton University

In this paper, A Yorkshire Tragedy is used as a focus for development of an agent-based modeling application, using a Java swarm-type modeling library called Mason. This paper utilizes data generated by stylometric algorithms within the modeling application to visualize interactions and affinities, employing plays, playwrights, and theatres all as agents against a simple backdrop of Early Modern London. Though the title page of A Yorkshire Tragedy attributes authorship to Shakespeare, and first performance to the Globe, this model suggests that it may have been written by William Rowley, and stylistically has affinities with the CockPit theatre.

3:00pm – 3:50pm Session 9

The Smartphone Paradox: Student Meta-Awareness and Mindfulness with Personal Devices; Alan J. Reid, Coastal Carolina University

The Smartphone Paradox is a critical examination of our everyday mobile technologies and the effects that they have on our thoughts and behaviors in and out of the classroom. Through the lens of smartphone dependency, this presentation makes the argument for digital self-regulation in a device age that threatens our privacy, sociability, attention, and cognitive abilities. Individual case studies and pedagogical solutions for technological mindfulness are discussed.

4:00pm – 4:50pm Session 10

Digital Contribution: Understanding the Citizen Archivist Program; Amy Dye-Reeves, Murray State University

The Citizen Archivist Program (apart of the National Archives) allows virtual volunteers to create useful metadata that includes commentary, tagging and transcribing of documents with the National Archive catalog records. The National Archive catalogs and digitizes millions of archival records yearly. The proposal is broken down into the two major sections: the digital community and types of automated contributions (including tagging, transcription and digital commentary).

5:00pm Dinner (on your own)


Day 3 Sat Oct. 6

8:15am – 9:00am Digital Exhibits

2D Archival Drawing in the Digital Age; Ernesto Alviso, Victor Garcia, Armony Panighello, Juan Rojas, Prairie View A & M University

Drawing remains our universal language. We are all artists. Each of us has a signature that is a form of our own artistic expression. We invented drawing and painting long before we began to write and create language. Recently sophisticated 3D software programs and laser scanning technology has emerged as the latest trend in reproducing and reconstructing architectural and archival preservation drawings. Nevertheless, these programs are limited when creating the final presentation drawing. Ultimately we have come full circle linking 2D drawing with emerging 3D technology in varied disciplines such as landscape architecture, city/community development, urban, regional planning, and historic preservation.

9:00am – 10:15am Plenary 2

Maintaining and supporting the Digital Humanities: Virtual Harlem and the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of Arizona; Bryan Carter, University of Arizona

10:15am – 11:30am Brunch (provided)

11:30am – 12:20pm Session 11

VR Workshop; Bryan Carter, University of Arizona

12:30pm – 1:30pm Session 12 Conference wrap up