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DAH Digital Conference
Fri 18 November 2016, 09:00 – 17:30 GMT
Digital Entanglements: the postdigital present
Digital humanities is now a well-established discipline; the use of digital skills in humanities research is not the new development it once was. Digital media potentially allow more public engagement with academic research, and more connections between different disciplines. The DAH Digital Conference 2016 seeks to explore whether we in the digital arts and humanities community (and the academic world more widely) have realised the potential of this engagement.
There is entanglement between technology providers and academia; between academia and the marketplace; between the traditional disciplines and between digital arts and humanities. Is this entanglement a source of increased academic and public engagement? Or does it sometimes reinforce the systems of power? In the words of Baudrillard: “Power itself has for a long time produced nothing but the signs of its resemblance.” Digital technology has created instruments of empowerment as well as instruments of control. Which predominate in our disciplines and in our institutions? Additionally, what is the role of the analogue in the post-digital moment? The uneasy relationship between manuscript and print after the invention of the Gutenberg printing press shows that drawing lines within media history can obscure syntheses between fading and emerging modes.
These questions may be ultimately unanswerable, but in engaging with the complexities of these entanglements we may begin to unravel some certainties that can guide the future of digital humanities. Profound, engaged debate is the great skill that is learned and developed through the study of the humanities, and that will remain the same into the post-digital future. Over the past five years, the DAH programme has sought to empower students and staff in the digital arts and humanities in Ireland, to collaborate and share knowledge. By bringing together the DAH community (and the wider Irish public), and engaging in focused exploration of these issues of digital entanglements and post-digital realities, we aim to establish how successful we have been in forming a blueprint for digital humanities engagement in the 21st century.
Outline of Proceedings:
- 09h00: Registration, tea & coffee.
- 09h30: Conference Introduction.
- 09h45: Opening Keynote Address – Prof. Steven Jones, University of Florida.
- 11h00: Break with Tea and Coffee
- 11h30: Panel 1 – "What are Digital Entanglements?"
- 13h00: Lunch with Tea,coffee and sandwiches.
- 14h00: Keynote Address – Dr. Rod Stoneman.
- 14h30: Short Break.
- 14h45: Panel 2 – "The Aftermath of the Digital"
- 16h00: Break
- 16h15: Closing Keynote Address – Dr. Maria Chatzichristodoulou (aka Maria X), Ass. Prof., London Southbank University
- 17h30: Close
Biographies of Keynote Speakers:
Steven Jones is DeBartolo Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of English, University of South Florida. He is author of The Emergence of the Digital Humanities (New York: Routledge, 2014), a book which examines this shift in our relationship to digital technology and the ways that it has affected humanities scholarship and the academy more broadly. He is also author ofThe Meaning of Video Games: Gaming and Textual Strategies (2008) and Against Technology: From the Luddites to Neo-Luddism. (2006).
His most recent book is Roberto Busa, S.J., and the Emergence of Humanities Computing: The Priest and the Punched Cards (2016).
Maria Chatzichristodoulou (aka Maria X) joined London South Bank University (LSBU) in 2015 as Associate Professor in Performance and New Media, and Head of External Development and Enterprise for the School of Arts and Creative Industries. Previously she was a Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at the University of Hull (2009-2015), where she also acted as Director of Postgraduate Studies for the School of Arts and New Media (2010 -2013), before moving to the School of Drama, Music and Screen (2014-15). Maria has also taught theatre, performance and new media at the University of London Colleges Goldsmiths, Birkbeck and Queen Mary, Richmond (the International American University in the UK), and the FE College WEA (2004-2009). She holds a PhD in Art and Computational Technologies from Goldsmiths, University of London (2010).
Rod Stoneman is Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media. Before coming to NUI Galway, he was Chief Executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board and previously a Deputy Commissioning Editor in the Independent Film and Video Department at Channel 4 Television.