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Humanities and Arts in the Age of Big Data Conference

Event Type
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Office of the Provost, NCSA, and the Trowbridge Initiative in American Culture
Third and Fourth Floor Lecture Halls, Levis Faculty Center (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL)
Oct 4, 2018 - Oct 5, 2018   All Day
Free and open to the public.

As the impact of computational methods on all aspects of ordinary life accelerates, humanists and artists are grappling with hous big data is understood and how the cultures arising from it are shaping up at this moment in the history of technological innovation.

This conference tackles questions of scale, visuality, application, representation, textuality, materiality, aesthetics, preservation, epistemology and experimentation at the intersection of big data and research and thinking in the arts and humanities. Our aim is to place these issues at the heart of conversations about big data and its institutional locations at Illinois and to advance a genuinely interdisciplinary set of approaches to the field.

Thursday, October 4th, 7:30 p.m., Third Floor Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL) 

Evening Plenary, featuring:

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English, Michigan State University, Trevor Muñoz, Interim Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities and Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities, and Lisa Nakamura, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Cultures, U of Michigan.

Friday, October 5th, 9:00 a.m., IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL) 

Day-long panel sessions, featuring:

  • Catherine D’Ignazio/kanarinka, Civic Media and Data Visualization, Emerson College
  • Erik Loyer, Creative Director of The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture and Founder and Director of Opertoon
  • Matthew Jones, Contemporary Civilization, Columbia University
  • Safiya Noble, Communication/Journalism, University of Southern California Annenberg
  • Liz Losh, English and American Studies, William and Mary
  • Virginia Eubanks, Political Science, University at Albany, SUNY
  • Richard So, English and Cultural Analytics, McGill University
  • Jo Guldi, History, Southern Methodist University

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