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Brown Bag Lunch: Béla Kapossy, “Electronic Solutions for Research and Teaching the Humanities: The Lausanne Project ‘Lumières.La

posted on 20 Feb 2013 18:59 by Nynne Christoffersen

Béla Kapossy will be speaking as part of the Brown Bag Lunch series on Thursday, February 21, 2013, from 12 to 1:30pm. His talk is entitled “Electronic Solutions for Research and Teaching the Humanities: The Lausanne Project ‘Lumières.Lausanne.’”

Béla Kapossy is Professor of Modern History at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. He received his PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. Kapossy’s research interests include modern European and Swiss intellectual history, political theory, political economy, and historiography. He is currently working on research projects focusing on Gibbon in Lausanne, commerce and perpetual peace debates in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe, and eighteenth-century historiography. Kapossy’s publications include Sismondi – Libéralisme critique et républiques modernes (Geneva: Slatkine, 2013); Genève, lieu d'Angleterre: 1725-1814, co-editors, Valérie Cossy and Richard Whatmore (Geneva: Slatkine, 2009); Richesse et pauvreté dans les républiques suisses au XVIIIe siècle: Actes du colloque de Lausanne des 23-25 novembre 2006, co-editors, André Holenstein, Danièle Tosato-Rigo, and Simone Zurbuchen (Geneva: Slatkine, 2008); and Iselin contra Rousseau: Sociable Patriotism and the History of Mankind (Basel: Schwabe, 2006).

For the last ten years, the Faculty of Arts at the University of Lausanne has been running a series of large research projects on the Swiss Enlightenment with the intention of forming a new generation of scholars interested in making good use of the vast and largely unused material in Swiss archives and museums. The database “Lumières.Lausanne” provides a platform for both teachers and researchers alike, allowing them to collect and share biographical and bibliographical data, electronically transcribe and edit manuscripts, and ultimately publish their findings online. In his talk, Kapossy will explain the philosophy behind “Lumières.Lausanne” and discuss some of the technical solutions that have been developed for improving the interaction between teachers and students.


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Brown Bag Lunch: Jeffrey T. Schnapp, "metaLAB: A Progress Report"

posted on 20 Feb 2013 18:56 by Nynne Christoffersen

Jeffrey T. Schnapp will be speaking as part of the Brown Bag Lunch series on Thursday, February 28, 2013, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. His talk is entitled “metaLAB: A Progress Report.”

Jeffrey T. Schnapp is Professor of Romance Languages & Literatures, Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and Director of the metaLAB at Harvard University. Before moving to Harvard in 2011, Schnapp occupied the Pierotti Chair of Italian Studies at Stanford University, where he founded the Stanford Humanities Lab in 2000. He received his B.A. in Hispanic Studies (with a minor in Studio Art) from Vassar College and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University. A cultural historian with research interests extending from antiquity to the present, Schnapp’s recent publications include The Electric Information Age Book: McLuhan/Agel/Fiore and the Experimental Paperback, co-editor, Adam Michaels (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2012); ItaliAmerica: il mondo dei media, co-editor, Emanuela Scarpellini (Milan: Il Saggiatore, 2012); Modernitalia (New York: Peter Lang, 2012); and Digital_Humanities, co-authors, Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, and Todd Presner (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012). He is currently at work with Matthew Battles on The Library After the Book (Harvard University Press), an exploration of future scenarios for libraries in the digital age. Schnapp’s pioneering work in the domains of digital arts and humanities, as well as curatorial practice, includes collaborations with the Triennale di Milano, the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Canadian Center for Architecture.

Schnapp’s talk will survey a number of past and present projects underway at Harvard's metaLAB involving the curation and experience of living collections, the animation of archives, web platforms for the use and study of 3D collections, the future of libraries, and the use of open library data sets for research and recreation.

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Visual Culture & Replication: 3D Research

posted on 18 Feb 2013 19:18 by Nynne Christoffersen

This year there are a number of projects that I am very excited to be working on at the DML. Prime among them is the opportunity to work with the 3D scanner -a museological tool currently being implemented in institutions across the world. With the current technology made available in the DML, we are now able to take 3D scans of objects in order to learn more of their construction or shape and to preserve their digital data. Furthermore, we are able to ‘print’ the objects with the digital printer in ABS plastic, the same material as Legos are made from, or other filaments. 3D scanning produces a high-precision digital reference document that records conditions, provides a virtual model for replication, and makes mass distribution possible. In addition to research, documentation, and replication, 3D imaging technologies are increasingly being used in museum collections storage and packing designs.

3D laser scanning of a marble statue at National Museums Liverpool.

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Spring 2013 DML Salon

posted on 11 Feb 2013 16:48 by BGC DML

Each semester the Digital Media Lab holds a salon to highlight representative work done in the lab from the previous semester. The salons are an opportunity for students and faculty to share their work, and for the BGC community toget a better idea of the types of projects being done in the lab and how the lab might serve their own scholarship. Past presentations have included digital work done for the Focus Gallery exhibition, Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast;
3D models of virtual exhibitions using Google Sketchup; Prezi being used
for classroom presentations, final projects, and visual syllabi; and videos from the courses, “Rus in Urbe: The Country in the Town, from the City Parks Movement to Urban Ecology” and “The Material Culture of New York City: The 20th Century.” This semester the DML Salon will highlight Omeka exhibitions from Matthew Wittman’s course, “Pleasing the Crowd: Public History and the Material Culture of the American Circus”; a site developed by students in the course, “Media and Materiality: How Technology Shapes Media and Media Shape Culture”; and the digital interactive component of the upcoming Focus Gallery exhibition, Confluences: An American Expedition to Northern Burma, 1935. We hope to see you all there.

The DML Salon is open to the BGC community. Beverages and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP via email (ude.drab.cgb|stnevecimedaca#ude.drab.cgb|stnevecimedaca) and join us in the 1st Floor Seminar Room at 4:30 pm.

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