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Digital Media Symposium

Department of English

Digital Media Symposium

Friday, February 3 in 506 Coe (Fully tech friendly space)

9:30 am   Craig Dworkin on "Staples of the Digital Humanities."

10:30 am  Robert K. Nelson on ""Topic Modeling and the Shapes of Civil War Nationalism.""

11:30 am-1:00 pm  Lunch.

1:00 pm   Cheryl Ball on "Editing is Mentoring is Teaching: An Editorial Pedagogy for Scholarly Multimedia."

2:00 pm   Brian Kim Stefans on "New media poetry and poetics."

3:15 pm   Roundtable Discussion with panelists.

Contextual Info

Given that digital production, research and dissemination permeate all fields of scholarship, creative practice and teaching, the English Department has been planning a one-day digital media symposium as a way to explore how we should integrate our traditional trainings with the transformative impact digital media has had on contemporary culture at large and on current artistic, scholarly and pedagogical practices in particular.

Speakers at the Digital Media Symposium

Assistant Professor of English, Brian Kim Stefans, new media poetry and poetics

--Brian Kim Stefans has published several books of poetry and criticism, is the editor of the /ubu (”slash ubu”) series of e-books, and is the creator of, devoted to new media poetry and poetics.

Associate Professor of New Media Studies, Cheryl Ball, rhetorical studies

--Cheryl Ball is an influential teacher, editor and scholar invested in exploring contemporary genre(s), technologies, media, and modes.

Professor of English, Craig Dworkin curator of on-line archives of conceptual writing UW

--Craig Dworkin curates two on-line archives of conceptual writing and publishes widely on twentieth and twenty-first century American poetry, avant-garde and conceptual writing and literary theory.

Dr. Robert K. Nelson, Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at U of Richmond

--Robert Nelson's current research uses a text-mining technique called topic modeling to uncover themes and reveal historical patterns in massive amounts of text from the Civil War era.  He is currently completing two projects from this research.  One is a digital project that will publish and analyze multiple topic models of Civil War-era archives including the Richmond Daily Dispatch and the New York Times.  The other is an essay that analyzes these models to produce a comparative analysis of Union and Confederate nationalism and patriotism.


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