4Humanities Event at CSUN


Date: May 16, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: The Linda Nichols Joseph Room of Jerome Richfield Hall (JR 319), California State University, Northridge (Map)
Contact: Scott Kleinman (scott.kleinman@csun.edu)

4Humanities is a group of digital humanists who seek to assist in advocacy for the humanities by harnessing the skills and resources of the digital humanities community. On May 16, the local Southland 4Humanities chapters will meet at California State University, Northridge to work on the WhatEvery1Says Research Project (#WhatEvery1Says).

WhatEvery1Says emerges from the local chapter of 4Humanities at UC Santa Barbara (4Humanities@UCSB) to identify public perceptions of the humanities, formulate the core value(s) of the humanities, and strategize ways to “frame” these values for effective communication (through framing narratives, metaphors, scenarios, paradigms). The project’s purpose is to canvass and analyze public and academic discourse about the humanities in order to help advocates develop a coherent message about why the humanities matter to people and society. The project will conduct systematic, strategic research on perceptions of the humanities, on what academics and others believe the core values of the humanities to be, and on the way people “frame” narratives about the humanities. Data will be gathered through text mining and analyzed through forms of computational analysis such as topic modeling. Further information is available on the Project Overview Site.

Anyone who would like to become involved with 4Humanities or WhatEvery1Says is welcome to join us. Although the primary goal of the meeting will be planning and strategizing for WhatEvery1Says, there will be a time slot for people to talk give short presentations on whatever DH topics they would like. Lightning talks to longer demos will both be considered, and the timetable below will be adjusted accordingly.

The following is a preliminary schedule which is likely to undergo some change before the date of the meeting.


  • Introductions
  • Background on the Project
  • Discussion of opportunities for grant funding to support WhatEvery1Says and/or other 4Humanities activities.
  • Creating some timelines for some smaller 4Humanities projects or discussion of structures for collaboration.

12:00-1:00: Lunch


  • Introductions of afternoon attendees and morning re-cap.
  • Preparatory work and training for topic modelling.
  • Collective or small group run-through on a small corpus.


  • A time slot for spill-over from the previous session and for people to talk about and/or demo their DH projects, either in the form of lightning talks or “extended” lightning talks.

Getting to and Parking at CSUN

Driving Directions can be found on the CSUN Visitor Parking Information website or from Google Maps. Please go to Parking Booth #2 on the corner of Prairie and Darby to purchase a daily parking permit ($6). The Parking Booth only accepts cash, but the parking lots have dispensers that accept credit cards. Please keep your receipt; you will be reimbursed afterwards.

Getting to JR 319

Walk down Prairie towards campus. Cross Etiwanda and walk to the right around Sierra Center. On the other side of Sierra Center there are stairs leading up to the third floor. These provide direct access to Jerome Richfield Hall right outside JR 319.

Wifi Access

Visitors from campuses with Eduroam may be able to access the internet using that service. Otherwise, you will be given a password upon arrival.

Open Position at UCLA for a Digital Humanities Program Coordinator and Research Technology Consultant

UCLA College – Division of Humanities – Digital Humanities

ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATOR (Salary Range $54,192 – $78,660; Level and salary range commensurate with qualifications)

The University of California, Los Angeles, invites applications for the position of Academic Administrator as the Digital Humanities Program Coordinator and Research Technology Consultant. Reporting to the Chair of the Digital Humanities Program, the Program Coordinator is responsible for developing courses and teaching in the Digital Humanities program, advising undergraduate and graduate students, and overseeing a variety of faculty research and student support initiatives. The Coordinator will work closely with the Digital Humanities Chair and affiliated faculty to schedule and plan course offerings, place students in mentorships and/or apprenticeships, perform project management duties for those students and their related, faculty-sponsored research projects, recruit and advise students, and collaborate with Centers and Institutes at UCLA, including, but not limited to, the Center for Digital Humanities (CDH), the Digital Library Program, the Institute for Digital Research and Education, the Experiential Technologies Center, and the Office of Instructional Development. The Coordinator will contribute research technology expertise to CDH initiatives, and will serve as a key CDH liaison with the Digital Humanities program.

The successful candidate must have a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across disciplines and facilitate broad-based humanities research and teaching projects, which are cooperative ventures between humanists, technologists, scientists, and designers. Administrative experience working with humanities faculty, technology staff, and funding agencies is highly desirable. The successful candidate must have a PhD, preferably in a Humanities discipline. For more information, please visit: http://www.digitalhumanities.ucla.edu/

Initial screening of applications will be on August 22, 2011, although we will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

For the full job description and to apply, please go to: http://www.cdh.ucla.edu/resources/job-openings.html

UCLA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

CFP: DH Reading Group at UCLA

The UCLA Digital Humanities Reading Group meets twice a quarter at UCLA to discuss the work of a student, faculty, or staff member at UCLA (or any other school in the area). If you think you might be interested in presenting your work in the 2011-2012 academic year, please email me at David Shepard with a brief description of a project you might like to present and, roughly, when you would want to present it (“January” or “early winter” is close enough). Projects should be digital humanities related (broadly defined), and can include research, pedagogy, or anything in between. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Matthew Kirschenbaum to speak at UCLA

IS Colloquium Series
Matt Kirshenbaum
April 21, 2011 3-5pm
Reception in 2nd Floor Salon

Title: Born-Digital Humanities: Toward A Research Agenda

Abstract: Much has been made lately of digital humanities, which has rapidly become institutionalized and professionalized as a research paradigm at the intersection of cultural heritage, digital tools and technologies, big data, and humanistic scholarship. Yet digital humanities has had surprisingly little contact with researchers in digital preservation and personal digital archiving, an omission all the more surprising given that our born-digital archives of today will be the cultural heritage of tomorrow. In this talk I will draw from my experiences on three recent projects, each of which served to educate me in various aspects of digital preservation practice: Approaches to Managing and Collecting Born-Digital Literary Materials for Scholarly Use, which included archivists at the Ransom Center and Emory University; Preserving Virtual Worlds, a multi-institutional collaboration adopting a case-study approach; and Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections, which resulted in a published report for CLIR. Each of those projects suggests ways in which a research agenda at the intersection of digital humanities, digital preservation, and personal digital archives might be cultivated, and I will use this talk to elaborate them. The issues will be framed in relation to wider topics, including digital materiality, retro computing, digital legacies, and computer history.

Bio: Matthew G. Kirschenbaum is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH, an applied thinktank for the digital humanities), and Director of Digital Cultures and Creativity, a living/learning program in the Honors College. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Maryland, a Vice President of the Electronic Literature Organization. His first book, Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination, was published by the MIT Press in 2008 and won the 2009 Richard J. Finneran Award from the Society for Textual Scholarship (STS), the 2009 George A. and Jean S. DeLong Prize from the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP), and the 16th annual Prize for a First Book from the Modern Language Association (MLA). In 2010 he co-authored (with Richard Ovenden and Gabriela Redwine) Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections, a report published by the Council on Library and Information Resources. Kirschenbaum speaks and writes often on topics in the digital humanities and new media; his work has received coverage in the Atlantic, New York Times, National Public Radio, Wired, Boing Boing, Slashdot, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. See http://www.mkirschenbaum.net for more information.

UCLA Digital Humanities Reading Group – Winter/Spring Line-up

I’m pleased to announce that we have a very full schedule for upcoming Digital Humanities Reading Group meetings. The schedule is below; all meetings will take place in Humanities Building 250.

Jan 18 (please note the date change), 1-3pm: Willeke Wendrich and Jacco Dieleman (UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures) — The UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology

Feb 8, 1-3pm: Chris Johanson (UCLA Department of Classics) and Seraphina Goldfarb-Tarrant — A Walk with the Dead

April 12, 1-3pm: Johanna Drucker (UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies) — Designing the Museum of Writing

May 10, 1-3pm: Two projects funded by Google Digital Humanities Awards
This session will involve presentations by Timothy R. Tangherlini (UCLA Scandinavian Section) and Peter Leonard (University of Washington Department of Scandinavian Studies) on their project “Northern Insights: Tools & Techniques for Automated Literary Analysis, Based on the Scandinavian Corpus in Google Books.” and Todd Presner (UCLA Department of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature), Chris Johanson (UCLA Department of Classics), and David Shepard (UCLA Department of English), on HyperCities Geoscribe, their tool for geo-temporal reading.

David Shepard
Project Manager, Hypercities (http://hypercities.com/)
PhD Candidate, Department of English

UCLA job opening – Librarian for Digital Research and Scholarship

The UCLA Library has initiated recruitment for the position of Librarian for Digital Research and Scholarship in the Collections, Research & Instructional Services Department, and is actively seeking nominations and applications. The first consideration date for this position is December 1, 2010. More info is available here.

UCLA Digital Humanities Reading Group, 2010-2011 Line-up

Fall Quarter:
November 9: Marie Saldana (UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design), Using CityEngine for architectural analysis

Winter Quarter:
Jan 11: Willeke Wendrich and Jacco Dieleman (UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures), on the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology
Feb 8: Chris Johanson (UCLA Department of Classics) and Seraphina Goldfarb-Tarrant, “A Walk with the Dead”

Spring Quarter:
May 10: Two projects funded by Google Digital Humanities Awards:
Timothy R. Tangherlini (UCLA Scandanavian Section) and Peter Leonard (University of Washington Department of Scandanavian Studies) “Northern Insights: Tools & Techniques for Automated Literary Analysis, Based on the Scandinavian Corpus in Google Books.”
Todd Presner (UCLA Department of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature), Chris Johanson, and David Shepard (UCLA Department of English), “HyperCities Geoscribe: A Tool for Geo-temporal Reading”

CFP: Reimagining the Archive

Reimagining the Archive

A Three-Day Symposium
November 12-14, 2010
James Bridges Theater
School of Theater, Film & Television
University of California, Los Angeles

Organized by:
UCLA Film & Television Archive
UCLA M.A. Program in Moving Image Archive Studies (MIAS)
Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA), Paris
INA’Sup / European Centre for Research, Training and Education on Digital Media
With additional support from:
National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP),
U.S. Library of Congress
Department of Information Studies /
Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA Cinema & Media Studies Faculty, Department of Film, Television & Digital Media /
School of Theater, Film & Television, UCLA

Digitality has radically and dynamically transformed the role of traditional archives and museums as repositories for revered, to-be-safeguarded cultural objects. As de facto archives created by users and industry organizations proliferate online; as the social engagement and complexity of Web 2.0 culture expand; and as expansive copyright regimes entail ever more intrusive forms of monitoring and enforcement, archives’ traditional missions of custody and controlled access are being challenged by the new habits and expectations of scholars, researchers, and the general public alike.
The unquestioned trust and task of defining the authenticity, provenance, and movement of archival objects and collections – once the sole province and prerogative of legacy institutions and expert curators – has become more open, participatory, and fluid. In the face of “remix culture,” “archive fever,” and emergent “long tail” phenomena, institutions and rights holders are struggling to come to terms with these new, shared missions and responsibilities. The way ahead for reinventing cultural heritage institutions is uncharted, but inaction is not an altermative. They must adapt or risk irrelevance.
Reimagining the Archive will explore the changing role of archives and cultural heritage institutions, and the new opportunities presented by the remapping and remixing of traditional, cherished, and seemingly immutable institutional models and practices. How might archives build new relationships and professional paradigms, and perhaps ultimately a new philosophy of archives and archiving that embrace and enrich the contemporary “many to many” landscape of media culture?
The Symposium aims to bring together archival and cultural scholars, professionals from private and public cultural organizations, mainstream and independent creative artists who make digital media and artworks, and specialists from major information technology and media firms engaged in all aspects of digital asset management, conservation, and preservation. The Symposium will provide a forum for wide-ranging discussion and debate on all aspects of archival practice, technology, and research.
Symposium organizers invite the submission of competitive presentations in a range of formats (e.g., papers, posters, interactive demonstrations, media projects, artworks) related to any of the following conference themes, broadly conceived:
• Transition
New roles for archives: circulation, annotation, mediation and evaluation
Shifts in institutional focus from archives of objects to archives of events — from archive as entity/repository to archive as activity and performance
The proliferation of de facto archives
From “audiences” to “users”: from reception to engagement and social production
The documentation, annotation and evaluation of emergent and innovative objects, forms, genres, e.g., games, net apps, social media, “worlds”

• Navigation
The changing legal, regulatory, ethical, and policy landscape of digital cultural heritage, nationally and internationally; threats fair use and the public domain
Digital creation and clearance culture: remix and policing
Intellectual freedom v. digital rights management (DRM)
Peer-to-peer architectures and collections
The cloud and the archive
Internet, archives, or both? Does the Internet need to be archived? Is it a container of content, content in itself, or both? Can it be archived in the absence of designated archival responsibility or action?

• Curation
The future of archives as knowledge references and authorities
Digital challenges to core archival principles
Assigning value, selection, collecting
The significance of independent / amateur media production
Persistence of memory, ecstasy of forgetting: issues of exclusion, selection, sorting, and choice; what to keep and why? Where and when is memory, remembering, forgetting?
Archives as memory and knowledge. Digitization and new possibilities for scholarly, analytical and critical reading. Do digital media convey knowledge in a new way, and if so, what kinds of knowledge? What are the implications for education, cultural transmission, and pedagogy?

Submission Guidelines
All proposals must include the following information:
• Name, title and affiliation of each author (please indicate student authors)
• An extended abstract (500 words) describing the presentation, including illustrations or diagrams for installation as needed
• Requirements for technical support (e.g., AV, space, electrical) required for presentation or installation, if needed
• First author’s name and page numbers on all proposal pages
Student submissions are strongly encouraged.
Proposals should be submitted as attachments to email.
Please send proposals and other inquiries to:

Important Deadlines
• Proposals will be considered as they are received
• Preliminary deadline for receipt of proposals: August 1, 2010
• Acceptance notification by September 1, 2010

Jaimie Baron and Dawn Fratini
Email: digital@ucla.edu

Call for submissions: 2010-2011 UCLA Digital Humanities Reading Group

If you are interested in presenting your work to the Digital Humanities Reading Group next year, please let me (David Shepard) know. We’re looking for any work using or investigating digital technology, in a relatively polished state, such as a dissertation or book chapter, digital project in alpha stage, or the like. If you have any questions, please let me know.

More events at UCLA in May

Please mark your calendar for two upcoming events sponsored by the UCLA Department of Information Studies:

Laura Mandell, 4 pm Tuesday May 4th GSEIS 121

“Close and Distant Readings:: Archives, Visualization, and Other Matters”

Laura Mandell is the mind behind 18thConnect, the Poetess archive, and other substantial projects in Digital Humanities. She is Professor of English at Miami University in Ohio and has published on topics related to women, poets, psychoanalysis, digital humanities, and the 18th century.

Jerome McGann, 3-5 pm Thursday May 27th, GSEIS 111

“The Rossetti Archive and its Implications for Digital Humanities, Textual Scholarship, and other matters”

Jerome McGann is a renowned figure in the field of Romanticism, Digital Humanities, and Textual Criticism. He has published widely on topics at the intersection of textual criticism and digital humanities. He was the recipient of a Mellon Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on the Rossetti Archive and other projects at the University of Virginia. His book, Radiant Textuality: Literature After the World Wide Web, was published in 2004.

This is the second annual Breslauer Lecure in Biblio+Info.