November 01, 2012

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WPI will host Digitize This: Exploring/Exploiting the Rise of Digital Arts & Digital Humanities. This symposium will bring together digital humanities and arts scholars, students, librarians, curators, archivists, and arts practitioners for shared dialogue around research, pedagogy, and creative practice. The event will feature keynote addresses by two of the leading experts in the field, as well as a series of presentations and interactive discussions by WPI faculty and digital librarians, as well as scholars, graduate students, curators, and library staff from other colleges and universities.


Julia Flanders is the director of the Women Writers Project, part of the Center for Digital Scholarship in the library of Brown University in Providence, R.I. She is one of the founding editors of Digital Humanities Quarterly, and has served as president of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and as chair of the TEI Consortium. Her research focuses on digital text representation and editing, digital scholarly communication practices, and the politics of digital work in the humanities. Her presentation is titled "Rethinking Collections."

Lisa Spiro is director of NITLE (National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education) Labs, working with the liberal arts community to develop innovative approaches to integrating learning, scholarship, and technology. She also serves as the program manager for Anvil Academic, a new open, digital press for the humanities. Spiro has presented or published on a range of topics related to technology and higher education, including an analysis of how researchers in American literature and culture use digital archives. Her presentation is titled "What If We Give It Away?: How and Why to Open Up the Humanities."


Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3. See schedule here.


Campus Center Odeum, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Worcester Art Museum.


"An international and diverse community of individuals and institutions is engaged in teaching and research in the digital arts and humanities, but without a shared focus," said Joshua Rosenstock, associate director of Interactive Media & Game Development, and associate professor, Humanities & Arts at WPI, who organized the symposium. "WPI is emerging as a center for excellence in the digital humanities and arts, which makes us the perfect hosts for a symposium that will feature the cutting-edge work that scholars are doing and show digital research in the arts and humanities."