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Announcing Digital/Pedagogy/Material/Archives Event on April 5th

posted on 19 Mar 2013 16:50 by BGC DML

We'd like to announce this event happening on April 5th at the BGC that might interest folks in the digital material culture and humanities world. It will focus on questions surrounding the archiving of digital pedagogical materials and the intersection of those questions with the study of material culture. Here is information from the official blurb:



As the digital era influences the academic realm more and more profoundly, the possibilities and pursuant complexities of new technologies in the classroom create a compelling yet equally vexing environment. Perhaps one of the most challenging questions concerns what to do with the array of digital projects and materials being produced by students and faculty. Whereas in the past paper—both as a medium and as a format for research output—defined the processes of storage and archivingof this scholarly work, the wide variety of output formats generated by the tools and platforms of the digital age create a much more heterogeneous and difficult-to-manage collection of works. This condition is particularly true with regard to the study of material culture, as objects in the material world tend to suffer from a loss of resolution and fidelity when converted to the digital medium, exacerbating the questions of conservation and preservation that are critical to archival practice. With the aim of better preparing the Bard Graduate Center for the development of its own archive of student and faculty work, this conference aims to examine how digital pedagogues currently consider questions of preservation and archiving. It will also attempt to imagine what resources, practices, and structures would be deemed necessary to develop an ideal archive of digital pedagogical materials.

Presenters at the morning session (9am–12:30pm) and the afternoon session (1:30–5pm) of the conference will include: Kimon Keramidas (Bard Graduate Center); Shannon Mattern (School of Media Studies, The New School); Micki McGee (Sociology, Fordham University); Trevor Owens (National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, Library of Congress); Ethan Watrall (Anthropology and MATRIX Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online, Michigan State University); and Catherine Whalen (Bard Graduate Center).

The conference is open to the BGC community and invited guests only. Please RSVP via email (academicevents@ by April 3, 2013.

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Digital Solutions for Research and Teaching in the Humanities #dh

posted on 12 Mar 2013 15:37 by BGC DML

Since the opening of the DML in fall of 2009 we have had an increasing number of guests come to the BGC each semester to discuss the ways in which they use the digital medium in their research and teaching. An early event entitled The Artifact in the Age of New Media saw eminent scholars Dan Cohen, Josh Greenberg, Carrie Reborah Barrett and Amelia Peck talk about the role of digital technology in the study of material artifacts, setting the tone for these types of events. Subsequent events have included: a symposium on digital mapping; a brown bag talk by Kathleen Fitzpatrick; a conversation amongst scholars, editors, and university presses about the future of digital scholarly communication; and THATCamp Museums NYC last May.

As these events have become more numerous, it has become apparent that they constitute a current of thought that now reaches into every part of the institution. As such, we have finally decided to gather them together under the banner Digital Solutions for Research and Teaching in the Humanities to show how these events connect to one another and how digital work relates to the other research and exhibition work being done at the BGC. Below is the entire semester schedule of events (some have already passed). In the future we will be trying to release an entire schedule of events prior to the semester.

January 30
Pascal Bertrand and Stéphanie Trouvé
University of Bordeaux 3
Digital Solutions for Research and Teaching in the Humanities: The Arachne Research Project

February 21
Béla Kapossy
History, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Digital Solutions for Research and Teaching in the Humanities: The Lausanne Project, “Lausanne.Lumières”

February 28
Jeffrey T. Schnapp
Romance Languages and Literatures, metaLAB, and Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University Digital Solutions for Research and Teaching in the Humanities: metaLAB: A Progress Report

April 2
Rikke Haller Baggesen
PhD Fellow, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen
Digital Solutions for Research and Teaching in the Humanities: Framing Fashion with Mobile Media—Exploring Potentials and Implications for Museums

April 5
Digital Solutions for Research and Teaching in the Humanities: Digital/Pedagogy/Material/Archives Conference

April 24
Orestis Kourakis
Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
Digital Solutions for Research and Teaching in the Humanities: Creating Tomorrow’s Technology to Record and Enhance the Relics of Our Past

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Digital Materials Day: 3D Imaging at the Met #3Dscanning #digmatday

posted on 05 Mar 2013 21:45 by BGC DML

The BGC has been presented with a unique opportunity to create a 3D model of an armored knight and his mount, which are currently on display across the park at the Met. Don Undeen, Manager of the Met Media Lab, has invited us to bring a small group to come over to the Met on March 11 to take photos of the knight. We will then come back to the DML, put all of the photos on one of the computers and process them using a software package called 123D Catch. This software will take the photos and using a process called photogrammetry( will generate a 3D model of the object. From there we will be able to experiment with the model as an example of how such a technique can be used in the study of material culture and in the process of digital composition. Looking forward to an exciting day and further excursions to work with digital tools and material culture.

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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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