Global Digital Humanities Symposium
March 22-23, 2018

Main Library, Green Room
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Keynote speakers:

Schuyler Esprit (Dominica State College)
Lisa Nakamura (University of Michigan)

Registration is still open!

Please register by: Friday, March 9
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Digital Humanities at Michigan State University is proud to continue its symposium series on Global DH into its third year. We are delighted to feature speakers from around the world, as well as expertise and work from faculty and students at Michigan State University in this two day symposium.

Program and Schedule
Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • 1:00-1:30 – Opening Remarks
  • 1:30-1:55 – Infrastructure for the Digital (Lightning Talks)
    • Introducing the Oxford-BYU Syriac Corpus: An Archive for the Preservation of Syriac Texts, James Walters, Rochester College
    • Bringing Arabic-Language Scholarly Content Online: An Investigation, John Kiplinger and Anne Ray, JSTOR
    • The Humanities Scholars Today: New Directions for Academic Libraries in Nigeria, Yetunde Zaid and Adebambo Oduwole, University of Lagos and Lagos State University, Nigeria
  • 2:15-2:40 – Critique with/of the Digital (Lightning Talks)
    • Syed Affan Aslam and Abdul Wahid Khan, Habib University
    • Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: Claiming Space for the Air India Digital Archive, Arun Jacob, McMaster University
    • Letters from Africa: Using a Digital Humanities Approach to Examine African and American Relationships During Decolonization, Elisabeth McMahon, Tulane University
  • 3:00-3:30 – Pedagogy in/of the Digital (Lightning Talks)
    • Mapping Lusofonia: Integrating GIS Instruction into Foreign Language Curricula, Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros, Joshua Sadvari, and Maria Scheid, Ohio State University
    • Toward a Rubric-Based Assessment of Global Digital Tools and Pedagogies: Taking a closer look at Mandarin Tone Learning Apps, Yilang Zhao and Catherine Ryu, MSU
    • Tuning in: A Digital Soundscape of Mandarin Chinese Tones, Benjamin Fuhrman and Catherine Ryu, MSU
    • Beyond the Classroom: Maps, Texts and Multimedia to Make Visible the Afro Presence in Argentina, Marisol Fila, University of Michigan
    • Storytelling and Social Media: Tackling the Digital Divide, Autumn Painter and Marcy O’Neil, MSU
  • 4:30-5:30 – Keynote, Lisa Nakamura
  • 5:30-7:30 – Reception
Friday, March 23, 2018
  • 9:00-10:30 – Environmental DH Panel
    • Supporting Research, Public Engagement, and Learning Through Environmentally Focused Digital Humanities, Jamie Rogers, Florida International University
    • #EcoDH: Global Environmental Digital Humanities, Amanda Starling Gould, libi rose striegl, Craig Dietrich, Ted Dawson, Max Symuleski, Duke University, UC Boulder, Occidental College, and Vanderbilt
  • 11:00-12:15 – Creating Community
    • Colonial Pasts and Techno-Utopian Futures, Dhanashree Thorat, University of Kansas
    • Exploring Culture and Identity using Linked Open Data and the Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA), Taylor Wiley (presenting), Joshua Wells, Eric Kansa, Kelsey Noack Myers, and R. Carl DeMuth, Indiana University South Bend, Open Context, and Indiana University Bloomington
    • Digital Community Engagement at SIUE: How a Regional University can have a Global Impact, Katherine Knowles and Benjamin Ostermeier, The IRIS Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    • Partnering for Digital Publishing: Resurfacing At-Risk Works of the Small, Independent, Feminist Press, Jane Nichols and Elle Bublitz, Oregon State University Libraries and Calyx Press
  • 12:15-1:30 – Lunch (provided)
  • 1:30-2:30 – Language and Meaning
    • Mercator of the Trap: Black Orality and the Naming of Place in the Hip Hop Soundscape, Melissa Brown, University of Maryland
    • Visualizing Claude McKay’s Black Atlantic, Amardeep Singh, Lehigh University
    • Urban Language Topographies: Cites as Sites of Language Maintenance, Michelle McSweeney, Columbia University
  • 3:00-4:15 – Mapping and the Geo-Spatial
    • West Hollywood Goes Global: Exploring Queer Identity on GeoCities, Sarah McTavish, University of Waterloo
    • Digital Tools, Grassroots Use: Open Source Mapping Communities and Global Knowledge Production, Ned Prutzer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Migrant Segregation in Victorian England: Geo-Spatial Technologies and Individual-Level Data Harmonisation, James Perry, Lancaster University
  • 4:45-5:45 – Keynote: Schuyler Esprit
  • 5:45-6:00 – Closing remarks