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THINC Lab workshop series


Join us in THINC Lab for this lecture and discussion series covering a range of issues and topics in digital humanities.

Fall 2019 DIGIcafé Series

"Art and Antiquities CSI"

Dr. Susan DouglasDr Susan Douglas University of Guelph (SoFAM)

In many countries, the task of a police force’s art and antiquities processing unit is recovery of stolen property, surveillance and protection of museums, libraries, archeological and heritage sites and monitoring activities of the art market and internet sites such as eBay. Italy’s Carabinieri TPC have been using the technological tool ‘Leonardo’ reportedly containing over a million stolen items ranging from ancient coins to artworks and books, with images for over half of them in contrast to Interpol’s ‘Work of Art’ database with just over 45,000 items. Such databases facilitate the recovery of stolen artworks and Dr Douglas explains how the combination of advanced technology and close international cooperation produces the best results for art law.

Dr Susan Douglas lectures on Cultural Heritage and Art Crimes in SoFAM, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on 21st Century Museums and Digital Art History. She is the Graduate Coordinator of the Art History and Visual Culture Master's Programme and a noted author who has delivered lectures at more than seventy conferences worldwide.

Date: Thursday, October 3
Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: THINC Lab, McLaughlin Library, 2nd Floor

Winter 2019 DIGIcafé Series

"Indigeneity + Digital Humanities" (Virtual Seminar)

Jennifer Guiliano Indiana University

This seminar features Jennifer Guiliano of Indiana University as she discusses Indigeneity + Digital Humanities.

Date: Thursday, March 14
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: THINC Lab, McLaughlin Library, 2nd Floor

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"Predicting the End of the World: Reasons to be Cheerful in Digital Map History"

Leif Isaksen University of Exeter

This seminar explores the ways in which digital methodologies allow us to re-interpret the two oldest extant world maps - the map of Claudius Ptolemy, and the Peutinger Map - by (literally) reframing the question.

Date: Friday, March 15
Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: THINC Lab, McLaughlin Library, 2nd Floor

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Photo of Alan Liu"What Infrastructure Assumes: Digital Humanities and Critical Infrastructure Studies"

In this talk, Alan Liu positions the digital humanities in relation to current "critical infrastructure studies." What have been the main approaches to and influences on the study of infrastructure that now makes it of such compelling social, cultural, and humanistic—as well as technical and politico-economic—interest? How does digital humanities infrastructure contribute to that larger frame of concern? Liu concludes by thinking generally about infrastructural agency and its mode of being in common with human and other beings. Infrastructure is assumed, but it also assumes. What do digital humanists assume in positioning their work as partly, but crucially, infrastructural?

Alan Liu University of California (Santa Barbara)

Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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BigDIVA: Nourishing and Sustaining a Scholarly Infrastructure Built from the Ground Up (Digicafé virtual seminar)


Laura Mandell Texas A & M

As part of a series of seminars with the University of Ottawa and Université de Montréal, the Digicafé Series presents Laura Mandell of Texas A&M on "BigDIVA: Nourishing and Sustaining a Scholarly Infrastructure Built from the Ground Up."  This talk will be live-streamed from UdeM.

Date: Thursday, February 28
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: THINC Lab, McLaughlin Library, 2nd Floor

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"We Have This Space Problem": 

Visualizing the Many Dimensions of the Kissinger Correspondence

instructorMicki Kaufman (CUNY)

As the capability for rendering complex, immersive multi-dimensional data visualizations has evolved, the contributions of data, interactivity, visual design and animation, sound and related audio and visual media have expanded the forms of historical research and interpretation. Micki's dissertation, "Everything on Paper Will Be Used Against Me: Quantifying Kissinger" is an historical text, data and network analysis of the National Security Archive's Kissinger Collection, a curated set of transcripts comprising over 18,600 of the former US National Security Advisor and Secretary of State's telephone conversations and memoranda from 1968-1977. 


Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: THINC Lab, McLaughlin Library, 2nd Floor

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Fall 2018 DigiCafé Series

DigiCafe Lecture Fall 2018

Title: Exploring Vocabulary for Madness in English, 1400-1800
Date: Thursday,October 25
Time: 330pm

Location: THINC Lab
SpeakerHeather Froehlich, Penn State University