digital humanities talks at UCLA and UCSB

I will do two talks on the digital humanities over the next couple of days. At UC Los Angeles on Tuesday on “From optical fiber to conceptual cyberinfrastructure” and a talk on “The landscape of the digital humanities” on Thursday at UC Santa Barbara.

I am currently looking at some concordance data for the AoIR conference programs over the last ten years (thank you Emma E) as part of the landscape talk. I am interested in different modes of engagement between the humanities and the digital, and AoIR/internet research would seem to be a fairly strong example of technology/the digital as study object. I was lucky to get to talk to Charles Ess (last week’s seminar speaker in the lab) a little bit about this. Also, I did a similar study of humanities computing/digital humanities conference programs a number of years ago. This is a very simple method (looking at frequency data), but in many ways, rather telling patterns emerge. When you look at two data sets, it would make sense to normalize the data or relate them to some kind of baseline. I need to think about this.

At the same time, I am going through cyberinfrastructure stuff (for the UCLA talk). I will partly use HUMlab as a case study, which is both easy and difficult. I have a very good sense of the story of HUMlab, of course, but I also need to take a step (or maybe several) back. I need to give a sense of the lab without doing a proper presentation of the lab, and I need to focus on ideational grounding, infrastructure, design principles and conceptual cyberinfrastructure. I have some nice pictures and film clips (for both talks). The cyberinfrastructure talk will also offer a criticism of “cyberinfrastructure” and hopefully some tentative ideas about how to implement and strategize cyberinfrastructure for the humanities. All this is great fun and I am looking forward to engaging with seminar participants and others at both UCLA and UCSB.

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