The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0018  Thursday, 17 January 2013


From:        Emily Russell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         January 16, 2013 8:33:24 PM EST

Subject:     Upcoming GW Digital Humanities Symposium


GW Digital Humanities Symposium

Symposium website:


Thursday January 24 - Saturday January 26, 2013


A Symposium at George Washington University


Digital humanities is a vibrant field that uses digital technologies to study the interactions between cultural artifacts and the society. In our second decade of the twenty-first century, we face a number of questions about the values, methods, and goals of humanistic inquiries at the intersection of digital media and theory.


Panel presentations are designed with a broad audience in mind and address multiple disciplines that range from computer science and media studies to gender and race studies, digital pedagogy, and literary studies.  


Topics we will address in this inaugural GW Digital Humanities Symposium (initiated by Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute and Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Program) include:


Digital and “analogue” scholarship: goals, methods, best practices


Challenges of working with and against multiple media


(In)visible histories of race, gender, and avenues of access


Disability, cultural difference, and linguistic diversity


Visual and print cultures, embodiment, archiving the ephemeral


Canon formation, close and distant reading strategies


Resistance to digital humanities and issues of legitimacy


Promise, perils, and future trends of digital humanities and pedagogy



The symposium will feature provocative 15-minute presentations; a Skype session; hands-on proof-of-concept sessions; digital pedagogy sessions; emphasis on live discussion and debates; free Wi-Fi for all - bring your own laptop, tablet, or smart phone; on-site digital humanities book display and sales; videos of the talks may be available online.


The symposium will begin on Thursday evening with a screening of the film “Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words” ( presented by director Yunah Hong. Lily Wong, an Assistant Professor of Literature at American University, will offer a response after the screening.  This event will be held in the Media and Public Affairs building on The George Washington University Campus, 805 21st St. NW, room 310.  The film will begin at 7:30 and has a run time of about 90 minutes.


Friday’s events will begin at 9 am in the Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st NW, with opening remarks by Alex Huang and Vice Provost Paul Berman followed by the keynote presentation, “The Digital Text as Inhabited Object,” delivered by Elaine Treharne, professor of English at Stanford University.  It will be a full day of panels covering a wide range of topics. You can view a schedule of panels and presentation abstracts on the Digital Humanities website. (  The symposium will conclude on Saturday with a half-day of panel presentations focusing on pedagogy and best practices.  Location information for Saturday’s events will be updated shortly.


Of special interest to members of SHAKSPER are medievalists and early modernists who will be speaking at the conference, including Elaine Treharne, Katherine Rowe, Sarah Werner, Janelle Jenstad, Sheila Cavanagh, Kevin Quarmby, Christy Desmet, Candace Barrington, Jeffrey Cohen, Jonathan Hsy, Peter Donaldson, Alexander Huang, Will Noel, Josh Eyler, Jyotsna Singh, Brett Hirsch, and others.


The Digital Humanities Symposium is a free event and is open to the public but we do ask that you register using the link on the website if you plan to attend. (


Symposium poster:  pdf  GW Digital Humanities Symposium


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