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Humanities 2.0: New Tools for the Digital Age


8:00 pm | 4/4/2014 | 308A Doe Library

A symposium on the digital humanities to address such topics as: What is digital humanities? What is does it mean to engage with humanities digitally, to use digital tools for research and to present the results of your study in digital form? The digital world is not just a substitute for books and journals; it offers entirely new tools, formats, and types of access. Its audiences may be different, and authorship may be differently defined. What tools exist for these new forms of research? What are the challenges in terms of funding, sustaining, and collaborating on DH projects? Can the infrastructure that sustains our paper-based scholarship incorporate similar functions for digital work? What should the peer-review process be for digital research and publishing?

1:00    Keynote

Dan Edelstein, Faculty Director of Humanities+Design Research Lab, and Professor of French and History, Stanford University
Nicole Coleman, Staff Director of Humanities+Design Research Lab, and Academic Technology Specialist, Stanford University

2:00    Digital Research & Website Presentations

Justin Underhill, Lecturer, History of Art, UC Berkeley
Elizabeth Honig, Associate Professor, History of Art, UC Berkeley
Almerindo Ojeda, Professor, Linguistics and Director, Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas and Project for the Engraved Sources of Spanish Colonial Art, UC Davis

3:00    Roundtable Discussion: Logistics of Initiating, Sustaining, and Validating a Digital Humanities Project

Patrick Schmitz, Associate Director, Architecture & Development, Research IT, UC Berkeley
Quinn Dombrowski, Digital Humanities Coordinator, Research IT, UC Berkeley
Eric Schmidt, Classics and Religion Editor, UC Press
Joan Starr, Manager, Strategic and Project Planning and EZID Service Manager, California Digital Library
Erik Mitchell, Associate University Librarian, UC Berkeley

(wine and cheese reception to follow)


Keynote bios


Dan Edelstein

Dan Edelstein is Professor of French and, by courtesy, of History at Stanford University. He is also Director of French and Italian, and Chair of Undergraduate Studies, French. Additionally, he serves as Faculty Director for the Humanities+Design Research Lab at Stanford and as a Chair of the Digital Humanities Focal Group (DHFG).

Edelstein primarily works on eighteenth-century France, with research interests at the crossroads of literature, history, political theory, and digital humanities. He is the author of The Terror of Natural Right: Republicanism, the Cult of Nature, and the French Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and The Enlightenment: A Genealogy (University of Chicago Press, 2010). He works with a number of colleagues at Stanford and around the world, on a large-scale, NEH-funded, digital humanities project, Mapping the Republic of Letters. The project aims to map the correspondence networks of major intellectual figures during the Enlightenment, such as Locke, Newton, and Voltaire, using the metadata for about 50,000 letters provided by the University of Oxford.


Nicole Coleman

Nicole Coleman is the Academic Technology Specialist for the Stanford Humanities Center, and Staff Director of the Humanities+Design Research Lab. She also serves as a Co-Manager of the Academic Technology Specialist Program.

Coleman’s work involves the application of networked resources and digital technologies in humanities research, with an emphasis on distance collaboration, interdisciplinary collaboration, data visualization, and interface design. She works in collaboration with faculty, graduate students, and individuals outside of academe to explore and develop new directions in humanities research. In 2012 Coleman co-founded Humanities+Design, a program that offers fellowships to graduate students to help prepare them for research in the digital age through the design and development of digital research tools. Her work with the Stanford Humanities Center has included: establishing a laboratory for graduate research; an online collaborative research environment; a seed-funding program for collaborative research projects; and a speaker series entitled, “New Directions in Humanities Research”.

Event co-sponsored by the History of Art department and the UCHRI Early Modern Patterns research group


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