FEBRUARY 16TH 2018
Seminar (in collaboration with GIDEST)
Friday 16th February from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
In his GIDEST seminar, Alexander Galloway asks “What does it mean to talk about digital media?” Digital aesthetics, he argues, can refer to the medium of the digital, that is, all the tools and technologies that populate contemporary life. At the same time, digital aesthetics can refer to context, that is, a digital context or a net condition—the latter being the title of an influential 1999 net art exhibition at the ZKM in Karlsruhe. Artists have their own particular ideas about digital aesthetics as do computer scientists, and sometimes these ideas overlap and sometimes they don’t.
Can digitality be beautiful? It depends on many complicated things, not least of them the definitions of digitality and beauty. Alex’s GIDEST presentation will explore digital aesthetics through an examination of the materiality of contemporary media in the hopes of answering the question: what kind of medium is the computer?
Alexander R. Galloway is a writer and computer programer working on issues in philosophy, technology, and theories of mediation. A professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU, he is the author of several books on digital media and critical theory, including The Interface Effect (Polity, 2012), Laruelle: Against the Digital (2014), and, with Eugene Thacker and MacKenzie Wark, Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation (2013), which forms part of his Allegories of Control trilogy, along with Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization (2004) and Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture (2006) .
This event is co-sponsored with the Integrative PhD Fellowship Program.
NOVEMBER 1ST 2017
THINKING DESIGN THROUGH UNTHOUGHT: THE POWER OF THE COGNITIVE NONCONSCIOUS
Wednesday 1st November from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
University Center, Lecture Hall – UL105 (63 5th Ave.)
N. Katherine Hayles (Author and Director) teaches and writes on the relations of literature, science and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries. Her print book, How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis, was published by the University of Chicago Press in spring 2012.
Her other books include How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics, which won the Rene Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory for 1998-99, and Writing Machines, which won the Suzanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship. She is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Program in Literature at Duke University, and Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Wednesday, Nov 1st from 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Wolff Room D1103 (6 E 16th Street)
SEPTEMBER 20TH 2017
VISUALIZATION AND KNOWLEDGE: MODELLING, DISCOVERY, DISPLAY
Wed. September 20 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
63 5th Ave, UL 105
Wed. September 20 from 3:00 – 4:40 PM
6 E 16th Street, D1618
APRIL 19TH 2017
SOCIAL SCIENCE IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Wed. April 19 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
68 5th Ave, Orientation Room – M 104
Kieran Healy informally examines how social science, and especially sociology, has been affected by the rise of social media. New social media platforms disintermediate communication, make people more visible, and encourage public life to be measured. They tend to move the discipline from a situation where some people self-consciously do “public sociology” to one where most sociologists unselfconsciously do sociology in public. Healy discusses the character of such “latently public” work, the role of data and data visualization in it, and the opportunities and difficulties it creates.
Kieran Healy is Associate Professor in Sociology and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. His research focuses on the moral order of market societies. In particular he is interested in the relationship between measurement and social classification, and the link between them in markets for things ranging from human organs to consumer credit. He also works on techniques and methods for data visualization, and problems in social theory.
Wed. April 19 from 4:00 – 5:50 PM
6 E 16th Street, D 1103
OCTOBER 26TH 2016
RACHEL SAGNER BUURMA
HOW TO THINK LIKE A HUMANIST ABOUT INFORMATION
Wed. Oct. 26 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
University Center, Lecture Hall – UL105 (63 5th Ave.)
The methods and practices of the humanities and humanistic social science disciplines have the power to transform our understanding of information and computation, while computational methods and quantitative approaches now offer new paths for inquiry in these disciplines. This talk will show how. Examples drawn from work at the intersection of information science and humanistic text-based study will act as touchstones for a series of key questions in this emerging area. How can we grapple with the questions of scale raised by access to large digitized and born-digital corpora? How is our thinking about standards of evidence enriched by the encounter between longstanding models of evidence in the humanities and qualitative social sciences and the assumptions and affordances of computational methods and quantitative approaches? How are ideas about the representation and transformation of text being refreshed by theories and practices of algorithmic transformation? And what new histories and models of knowledge production do we need in order to contextualize this kind of work within our disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge worlds?
Rachel Sagner Buurma is an associate professor in the Department of English Literature at Swarthmore College. She works on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and print culture, the history of the novel, twentieth-century Anglo-American literary criticism, and contemporary North American literature. Right now she is especially interested in the history and theory of literary research (especially practices of knowledge organization like indexing, excerpting, and note-taking), pasts and and presents of collaborative work, and the intersection of literary-critical inquiry and information science.
Wed. Oct. 26 from 4:00 – 5:30
Wolff Conference Room – D1103 (6 East 16th St.)
This workshop will offer an informal introduction to some of the new methods of “distant reading” currently available across digital humanities and humanistic social sciences, along with a discussion about how one begins to employ them in research projects of various scales. We will focus on practical questions, including: How does one find time in graduate school to develop expertise in traditional disciplinary methods while also learning to borrow from the methods of other disciplines? In a context in which new digital tools, computational methods, and programming languages seem to emerge every day, how to you make decisions about what to learn? What are the different kinds of opportunities available to learn about and learn to use these methods? And – perhaps most crucially – how can you develop the kinds of inter- and intra- institutional and interpersonal connections this work can require? How do you discover what potential collaborators in other disciplines and/or institutions will find valuable about your own expertise and disciplinary methods? How do you connect with such collaborators, and how do you create the basis for successful collaborations? How do you learn to speak the language of another discipline well enough to find collaborators and to successfully complete a project?