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Digital Humanities Summit

Alan Liu, University of California, Santa Barbara (Keynote)
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Tue., Mar. 9, 2010, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Begins on March 8th
Location: Kansas Union (Day 1) & Hall Center Conference Hall & Seminar Room (Day 2)
*Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, KU Libraries, and the Hall Center for the Humanities.

The special taskforce on Digital Directions in the Humanities, sponsored by the Hall Center, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and KU Libraries, is pleased to announce KU's first Digital Humanities Summit. This two-day event will include presentations by faculty from KU and other area universities, and researchers from local cultural institutions.

Alan Liu, Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will deliver the keynote address. Liu, founder of the digital humanities website Voice of the Shuttle (http://vos.ucsb.edu), is the author of The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (2004) and Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database (2008), both published by the University of Chicago Press. His current project, which he started in 2005 as a University of California multi-campus, collaborative research group, is "Transliteracies: Research in the Technological, Social, and Cultural Practices of Online Reading."

In his presentation for the Digital Humanities Summit, entitled "From Reading to Social Computing," Liu will explore how digital humanities and literary study can incorporate the new social networking and other socially-oriented technologies. He will also provide a sneak peak at RoSE, the new Research-oriented Social Environment his collaborative group has been building.

The second day of the Summit will include a presentation and "mock panel" exercise with Senior Program Officer Jennifer Serventi of the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH's Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant program is a key source of funding for digital humanities projects. Faculty will have the opportunity to meet with Serventi individually to discuss specific project ideas.

For information, please contact taskforce co-chairs Allan Hanson (hanson@ku.edu) or Deborah Ludwig (dludwig@ku.edu).
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