2014-2015 Future Knowledge

Cosmopoesis: A Literary History of Mercator’s Atlas

Ayesha Ramachandran

Mercator’s famous 1595 Atlas names a new genre and identifies the image of the world with a muscular man on its famous title page. But why does a human body become the symbol for a cartographic portrait of the world? What does this conjunction tell us about the literary history of the world atlas as a textual form? This talk explores the broader intellectual and cultural matrix in which the modern world atlas was born, revealing the intersections between medicine, geography, cosmology and metaphysics in the sixteenth century. At the same time, it explores how new digital technologies for comparing images such as maps might help sketch new histories of textual emergence and evolution across time.

Plagues, Witches, and War: A MOOC Postmortem

Bruce Holsinger

In conjunction with the Center for Digital Humanities, Professor Bruce Holsinger will hold an event to consider the future potential for MOOCs in humanities teaching. Holsinger will reflect upon his experience teaching a recent MOOC as it touches upon the future potential of this teaching platform, but he will also offer practical advice to USC faculty who might be interested in the logistics of designing, contracting, and teaching a future MOOC. We expect this event to appeal to all members of the USC community interested in the theoretical and practical implications of this model of pedagogy for teaching in the humanities.

2013-2014 Future Knowledge

The Vogue Archive: Leveraging Images and Metadata for Fashion and Cultural Research

Chris Meatto

Meatto will speak about his work on The Vogue Archive, a digital archive of Vogue Magazine's historic catalog, including a demonstration of the Vogue Archive’s website; alternative careers for LIS professionals; and his observations on the role of digital humanities in the corporate world.

Strange Games: Computer Gaming & Media Ecosystems

Ian Bogost

Ian Bogost investigates the difference between video games and other types of popular media, and what those differences tell us about how video games circulate within media ecosystems.

Moral Machinery and the Threat of Ethical Nihilism

Tony Beavers

Beavers will explore the possibility of an "emerging nihilism of the information age" that threatens the very meaning of value itself.

Visualizing the Ties That Bind

Paul McLean

Paul McLean lectures on personal lending networks in Renaissance Florence

Can Mining A Million Books Tell Us Anything New?

Ted Underwood

Underwood is one of the leading practitioners of topic-modeling in the humanities. Topic modeling is a form of computational text analysis and constitutes the pointy end of the “distant reading” stick in Digital Humanities. Faculty, staff and students are all encouraged to attend.

The Lowcountry Digital History Initiative

Mary Battle & John White

Mary Battle & John White from the CofC Lowcountry Digital History Initiative deliver a talk on the history of White on Black violence in South Carolina.

2012-2013 Future Knowledge

Philology in a New Key

Jerome McGann

Reflecting on keys events in the recent history of literary and cultural studies, the lecture argues why philological rather than philosophical models should ground humanities research and education.

Knowledge as Production: The Difference 'Use' Makes

Laura Mandell

The brain works in a weird way producing memories from raw data thats input through our experiences. How can we translate that conversion power to innovation in the humanities?

Better Insights into Linguistic and Cultural Shifts with an Improved Google Books Interface

Mark Davies

Mark Davies has developed an enhanced interface for Google Books n-gram viewer, and discusses the benefits for researchers that this new interface provides.

How to Compare One Million Images? Visualizing Patterns in Art, Games, Comics, Cinema, Web, Print and User-Generated Content

Lev Manovich

How do we navigate massive visual collections of user-generated content consisting from billions of images?

Please Step Away From the Screen!

Robert C. Allen

Robert C. Allen from UNC Chapel Hill talks about his project Going to the Show, a DH website that documents the history of the cinema experience in North Carolina.

2011-2012 Future Knowledge

The Topographic Revolution in the Digital Humanities

John Bonnett

The digital humanities will need to make the design and assessment of expressive forms, computing applications and workflows a central part of its research mandate in the years and decades ahead.

2010-2011 Future Knowledge

A Tale of Two Ontologies: a Question of Which is to be Master, That's All

Colin Allen

This tale of two ontologies argues that the the benefits of dynamic flexibility outweigh the costs of incomplete formalization, especially in the context of humanities computing where skilled interpretation of meaning is a central skill.

The Future of the Literary Past

Meredith McGill & Andrew Parker

This talk grapples with the question of how new media changes the kinds of questions we can ask of literary texts.

From Reading to Social Computing

Alan Liu

Liu explores how literary study can incorporate the new social networking and other socially-oriented technologies to recover, and extend, the collective dimension of experiencing literature.

2009-2010 Future Knowledge

Are you sure we're not in Kansas anymore Dorothy? Domain Knowledge and DH

Dan O'Donnell

A look at the role of domain knowledge and expertise in the Digital Humanities. What do traditionally trained humanities scholars need to know about technology?

Modeling Turn-Taking Behavior in Spoken Dialogue Systems

Julia Hirschberg

Current spoken dialogue systems have limitations in what they're capable of doing. Julia exposes these limitations and suggests ways we could improve upon the technology.

Collaboration & Dissent

Julia Flanders

This talk examines the TEI customization mechanism and the ways it encapsulates the central challenge of collaborative work, and even of language itself: that of how to balance the urge toward individual expressiveness with the mandates of public comprehensibility, the desire for individual agency against the need for community.

2008-2009 Future Knowledge

The Book as Computer

Peter Stallybrass

How are computers affecting the way we read? Peter Stallybrass attempts to answer that question, and provide insite into the nature of codicies.

Humanities Scholarship, Cyberinfrastructure & the Future of Cultural Memory Organizations

Clifford Lynch

Clifford Lynch examines how to bring together scholars who perform leading-edge humanities computing research and those who perform traditional humanities research with new electronic tools.

Architecting Cultural Spaces: The Past, Present & Many Futures of Digital Humanities

John Tolva

This presentation addresses the evolution of the technologies of virtual representation in the humanities. Using project case studies from a decade of experience in this field, the presentation highlights the ways in which these technologies both enforce and challenge traditional ideas of what the study of art and culture is or should be.

How Not To Read A Million Books

John Unsworth

John Unsworth discusses how you can become an expert in your field without having to read a million books.