The University of Canterbury Digital Humanities (UCDH) Programme is excited to announce six weeks of Digital Humanities activity, anchored by the visit of Professor Alan Liu from the University of California Santa Barbara. Professor Liu will be visiting as a Fulbright Visiting Specialist from October 19 to November 29, with the generous support of the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Professor Patricia Fumerton (UC Santa Barbara) will also stay with us as a Visiting Scholar in Residence, for the last two weeks of Alan’s visit. Patricia’s research interests centre on Early Modern culture and literature, and she will lead a trans-Tasman workshop on Early Modern digital humanities during her stay. We’re also delighted to have two Australian visitors who will be contributing to our conversations during this period: Assoc. Professor Tim Sherratt (University of Canberra, Trove), and Professor Paul Arthur (University of Western Sydney). Dr. Sydney Shep, Reader in Book History at Wai-te-Ata Press, Victoria University of Wellington, will participate in our discussion on cyberinfrastructure on November 12th. Details of these talks are listed in the schedule below, and we’ll be posting more about our visitors soon.
Background on Alan Liu
Alan is a Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an affiliated faculty member of UCSB’s Media Arts & Technology graduate program. Previously, he was on the faculty of Yale University’s English Department and British Studies Program.
He began his research in the field of British romantic literature and art. His first book, Wordsworth: The Sense of History (Stanford Univ. Press, 1989), explored the relation between the imaginative experiences of literature and history. In a series of theoretical essays in the 1990s, he explored cultural criticism, the “new historicism,” and postmodernism in contemporary literary studies. In 1994, when he started his Voice of the Shuttle web site for humanities research, he began to study information culture as a way to close the circuit between the literary or historical imagination and the technological imagination. In 2004, he published The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (University of Chicago Press). He also published his Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database (University of Chicago Press) in 2008.
Everyone is welcome to attend our series of seminars and discussions, which will take place at the University of Canterbury, the University of Otago, and Victoria University of Wellington. Come prepared to extend both your own thinking, and ours!
See below for details of the upcoming events. Please note, time and location for some events are yet to be confirmed.
|Date / Room||Title||Description||Location|
|Wed. 21st October, 1-2pm
|A manifesto for tactical DH research infrastructure||A seminar by Assoc. Prof. Tim Sherratt, U. Canberra / Trove.||University of Canterbury, Christchurch.|
|Wed. 28th October, 4-5.30
|Key Trends in DH & their challenge to the idea of the Humanities||A public lecture by Prof. Alan Liu, UC Santa Barbara.||University of Canterbury, Christchurch.|
|Wed. 28th October, 1-3pm
Seminar Room, Ground Floor, Science Library
|Digital Interventions||A seminar by Assoc. Prof. Tim Sherratt, University of Canberra / Trove.||University of Otago, Dunedin.|
|Thurs. 5th November, 3-5pm
|The Future of the Humanities||A workshop led by Prof. Alan Liu, UC Santa Barbara.||University of Canterbury, Christchurch.|
|Thurs. 12th November, 1-5 pm
James Hight 210
|Alan Liu, ‘Against the Cultural Singularity’, James Smithies, ‘Towards a Systems Analysis of the Humanities’, Paul Arthur ‘Smart Infrastructures for Cultural and Social Research’ followed by workshop||The Frontiers of DH: Humanities Systems Infrastructure: Alan Liu, Paul Arthur, James Smithies followed by workshop discussion.||University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
|Fri. 13th November, 10am-12pm
|Open meeting||Follow-up from Humanities Systems Infrastructure workshop||University of Canterbury, Christchurch.|
|Wed. 18th November
|Early Modern DH: A Trans-tasman Conversation||A workshop led by Prof. Patricia Fumerton, UC Santa Barbara.||University of Canterbury, Christchurch.|
|Thurs. 26th November
Time & Place TBC
|Broadside Ballads and Tactical Publics: ‘The Lady and the Blackamoor,’ 1570-1789||A public lecture by Prof. Patricia Fumerton, UC Santa Barbara.||University of Otago, Dunedin.|
|Fri. 27th November, 2-3 pm.
|Literature+||A conversation about Alan Liu’s Literature+ course.||University of Otago, Dunedin.|
|Fri. 27th November, 5.15-6.15 pm.
|What Everyone Says – 4Humanities||A public lecture by Prof. Alan Liu, UC Santa Barbara.||University of Otago, Dunedin.|
|Tues. 1st December, 1-2:30 pm
Stout Centre, Kelburn Campus
|Key Trends in DH & their challenge to the idea of the Humanities||A public lecture by Prof. Alan Liu, UC Santa Barbara.||University of Victoria at Wellington|
|Tues. 1st December, 3-4:30 pm
Stout Centre, Kelburn Campus
|Samuel Pepys and “Greensleeves”: A DH Perspective||A public lecture by Prof. Patricia Fumerton, UC Santa Barbara.||University of Victoria at Wellington|