Providing resources and trai­ning in the practices and tools of the digital humanities


Note: all events take place in the Burge Union, University of Kansas, exept workshops and receptions as noted.

Wednesday, October 2nd

Pre-conference discussions and workshops

DISCUSSION: How can we use new technology to understand and critique social injustices?
Facilitated by: Taylor Vinson, Georgetown University
Location: Watson Library, Rm 455

3:00-3:30pm: Coffee Break, Watson Library, Rm 455

WORKSHOP: Digital Literacy and Community Engagement: Building a Public Humanities Praxis

Presented by: Julian Chambliss, Professor of English at Michigan State University
In this workshop, we explore models for developing a public humanities practice that brings the classroom and the community into dialogue. From small intervention to systemic transformation, a “classroom as platform” model offers the opportunity to empower faculty and enhance student engagement. We will examine how to design a digital humanities praxis that links to the community, how this praxis might enhance teaching and learning, and how such a praxis fits within a broader scholarly narrative.
Location: Watson Library, Rm 455

Thursday, October 3rd

ALL DAY: Digital Showcase
Featuring: Lorena Gautherau, Kristan Hanson, Shane Lynch, Lindsay Ogles, Kenton Rambsy, Stephen Ramsay & Brian Pytlik Zillig, An Sasala & Gwen Asbury, Dave Tell, Taylor Vinson, FC Zuke.

ALL DAY: Coffee in the Burge Union

Registration in the Burge Union

Welcome and Kick-off by Interim Provost Carl Lejuez and IDRH Co-Directors Brian Rosenblum & Sarah Bishop

KEYNOTE: Indigenous Language and Culture Visibility in the Digital Age: Examples from Zapotec Activism
Presented by: Janet Chávez Santiago, Indigenous language activist, Oaxaca, Mexico
Languages and cultures evolve as fast as the new technologies. However, while the wide digital space is a part of our daily lives as a way to interact with the world, there is still scarce representation of a minority population already using the new technologies, that is to say, the indigenous peoples. As a member of a Zapotec community that holds its own language, its own culture and traditions, its own land and laws; in seeking how to make my community visible as a living culture I have found digital media a useful source for such purpose, allowing me to contribute to the preservation of our traditions, strengthen the use of the Zapotec language, and overall actively engaging native speakers and creating a bridge between them and the digital space.
Moderator: Marta Caminero-Santangelo, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

9:40-9:50am: Break

PANEL: Mobility, Migration, and Community
•    “Surrogate Repatriation," Hannah Alpert-Abrams, National Endowment for the Humanities
•    “Vegetal Bodies: Visualizing Plant and Female Mobility in Parisian Horticultural Networks,” Kristan Hanson, PhD Candidate, Art History, University of Kansas
•    “Digital Syria: Decolonizing Digital Texts of the Syrian Refugee Crisis through Hypermediated Reading and Design,” Leia Yen, Undergraduate Scholar, University of California-Los Angeles (*Undergraduate Paper Award*)

How do digital media, data, and visualization technologies help us understand, tell stories, or address disparities related to the movement of humans, cultural belongings, and plants?  In this wide-ranging conversation about the plant trade, cultural repatriation, and the narratives of Syrian refugees, we look for connections between the ways in which different kinds of bodies have moved across space and how the stories of those journeys can be expressed, analyzed and shared.
Moderator: Sylvia Fernández, PhD student, Hispanic Studies, University of Houston

10:50-11:00am: Break

Lightning Talks with Digital Showcase Presenters
•    US Latinx Digital Humanities; Lorena Gautherau, CLIR-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Houston
•    #BlackGirlSuperHeroes; Caitlyn Hunter, PhD Candidate, Duquesne University
•    Gila River Perpetuity: An Indigenous Video Game; Shane Lynch, PhD Student in American Studies, University of Kansas
•    Finding Overtown: recovering a historic community through digital methods; Lindsay Ogles, Collections Curator, Sarasota County Government
•    Edward P. Jones and the Shifting Demographics of Chocolate City; Kenton Rambsy, Assistant Professor of English, University of Texas-Arlington
•    Aves: Animation/Audio Installation; Stephen Ramsay, Associate Professor of English & Brian Pytlik Zillig, Professor and Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Nebraska
•    B.A.Bu.S.Ka.; a text-based video game; An Sasala & Gwen Asbury, Graduate Students in Film & Media Studies, University of Kansas
•    The Emmett Till Memory Project; Dave Tell, Professor of Communication Studies, University of Kansas
•    CLOSER; Taylor Vinson, Graduate Student in Communication, Culture, and Technology, Georgetown University
•    A New Word, F. C. Zuke, Artist
Moderator: Sarah Bishop, Hall Center for the Humanities

Buffet Lunch and film/performance
•    Please Provide:, a film screening by An Sasala, Graduate Student in Film & Media Studies, University of Kansas
•    astto to me wor and wother, a performance by Jason Zeh, Lecturer, University of Kansas and the Kansas City Art Institute

PANEL: Gender, Sexuality, and Technology
•    “On the Potential Reality of Her: Examining Human Relationships with Voice-activated, Disembodied Personal Assistants," Jacob Groshek, Associate Professor and Research Chair, Kansas State University
•    “The House that Boi Built,” Trish Nixon, Artist
•    “Video-gaming, Pornography, and the World of Technocultural Consumption in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake,” Jasmine Sharma, PhD Research Scholar, Indian Institute of Technology

As technological advances transform our relationship to both the human body and artificial intelligence, our understanding of gender and sexuality, identity and desire, shift as well.  These presentations engage audiences in thinking through complex questions related to digital self-representation, digital pornography, and AI.
Moderator: Silvan Spicer, PhD student, Department of English

2:40-2:50pm: Break

PANEL: Surveillance Technologies and Bias
•    “Epistemic Injustice in Data Science,” Ramon Alvarado, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Oregon
•    “Catfish in the classroom: examining the role of the AI proctor in online courses,” Julia Kott, Master’s Student and Instructional Specialist, College of William and Mary

Is technology objective or subjective? Are algorithms neutral or biased? When it comes to surveillance technologies, the answer is especially complicated. Join us for this conversation about how computer software and data science can share all too human prejudices.
Moderator: Jonathan Lamb, Department of English

3:40-4:10pm: Buses from the Burge Union to the Spencer Museum of Art

KEYNOTE: Justice Machines, Pacts with the Devil, and the Myth of Automation from Klepsydra to Blockchain

Presented by: Denisa Kera, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Salamanca
Is there any possibility of good governance in an age of algorithms, big data, cryptographic hashes, and decentralized ledgers, or are they symptoms of the “end of history” and politics? In this talk, Kera uses media archeology, prototypes, and design experiments to explore the myth of automation and discuss the surge of technocratic attempts at reducing politics and governance to some form of cybernetic control.  These “justice machines” serve questionable causes and bring new forms of injustice with their outsourcing of decision making and deliberation to blockchain “consensus mechanisms” and machine learning algorithms. They transform politics into rituals that achieve their ends automatically rather than through the agreement of wills or collective action and they change the relation between dominium (right to ownership), (e)mancipation, and citizenship. Who will be the nexus, slave, and free citizen in this fully automated future?
Moderator: John Symons, Department of Philosophy
Location: The Spencer Museum of Art, Auditorium (1301 Mississippi Street)

Reception @ the Spencer Museum of Art (1301 Mississippi Street)

Friday, October 4th:

ALL DAY: Digital Showcase
Featuring: Lorena Gautherau, Kristan Hanson, Shane Lynch, Lindsay Ogles, Kenton Rambsy, Stephen Ramsay & Brian Pytlik Zillig, An Sasala & Gwen Asbury, Dave Tell, Taylor Vinson, FC Zuke.

ALL DAY: Coffee in the Burge Union

KEYNOTE: Mapping the Black Imaginary: Race, Space, and Power
Presented by: Julian Chambliss, Professor of English at Michigan State University
In recent years, we have increasingly asked how digital inquiry rooted in black culture, thought, and action can change the narrative in digital studies and the humanities. In this talk, Dr. Chambliss will discuss Mapping Black Imaginaries and Geographies, a new project within the Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age (CEDAR).  Inspired by Black Digital Humanities ideology and aligned with the interdisciplinary practice of Afrofuturism, the project seeks to document, analyze, and present black spaces and ideologies that shape them. In doing so, African Americans often created communities which acted as an expression of black imagination. Within these spaces, African Americans articulated a vision space, race, and power. This project aims to document the dynamic networks linking these communities and how the ideas and actions connected to the project of black freedom evolved and expanded from these spaces. Key to the project is to utilize a range of digital methodology to break down barriers of geography and chronology by mapping, visualizing, and cataloging black ideological production
Moderator: Maryemma Graham, Department of English

9:50-10:00am: Break

PANEL: Race: Image and Sound, Bodies and Motion
•    “Long Live Chocolate City: Sonic Justice in a Gentrifying DC,” Allie Martin, PhD Candidate, Ethnomusicology, Indiana University (*Graduate Student Paper Award*)
•    “Brown Bodies in the Authenticity Economy: Datafication and Racial Performativity,” Amardeep Singh, Professor of English, Lehigh University
•    “Anti-Afropolitan ‘Buddies’ and the Scam of Digital Policing,” James Yeku, Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies, University of Kansas

Digital media is enabling the expression and analysis of racial identity in new and unprecedented ways—some positive and some problematic.  This panel explores the connection between digital technologies—from sound recordings to social media—and how we hear, see, speak, and think about race.
Moderator: Jade Harrison, PhD student, Department of English

11:00-11:10am: Break

PANEL: Archival Justice
•    "Rethinking Nature: Environmentalism and the Black Book,” Arnab Chakraborty, PhD student, English, University of Kansas
•    “Subjects In Chains: Linked Data Vocabularies and Sexual Liberation,” Brian M. Watson, Archivist, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University-Bloomington

Can we ever decolonize the archive?  This panel examines two efforts to help archives become more just, returning attention to neglected literary works, as in the Black Book Interactive Project, and reimagining systems for organizing archival knowledge through linked data technologies.
Moderator: Anthony Boynton, PhD student, Department of English

Buffet Lunch and film screening
•    White Eyes, Red Lens: 19th Century Native Bodies, Civil Injustices, and an Alienated Future
       a film screening by Mike Shier, Amy L. Giroux, and Marcy L Galbreath, University of Central Florida
      Moderator: Joshua Miner, Department of Film & Media Studies

PANEL: United Fronteras: Borderland Identities in the Future of Digital Cultures
•    Maira Álvarez, PhD Candidate, University of Houston
•    Sylvia Fernández, PhD Candidate, University of Houston
•    Laura Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, University of Florida
•    Anette Zapata, PhD Candidate, University of Houston

This panel brings members of the United Fronteras project together to articulate a vision for postcolonial interventions in the future of digital culture. Sharing their research as part of a collaborative humanities project committed to exploring critical issues of border identities (race, gender, sexuality, indigeneity, etc.), speakers provide resources for intervening in the negative and toxic representations of borderland communities, cultures, and spaces.
Moderator: Araceli Masterson-Algar, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

2:40-2:50pm: Break

Bodies | Justice | Futures: Idea Sharing Merry-Go-Round
Led by:
Sarah Bishop, Co-director of the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas
Brian Rosenblum, Co-director of the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas
Shelia Bonner, Graduate Student, American Studies, University of Kansas

Join us as we connect themes, ideas, and participants from across the conference in this interactive activity that combines speed networking with speed brainstorming.  We promise you’ve never seen anything quite like it!

3:40-4:10pm: Transportation Downtown

Happy Hour Closing Reception @ the Lawrence Beer Company (826 Pennsylvania)

Saturday, October 5th

WORKSHOP: Smart Villages and the Dangers of Governance by Algorithms: An interactive exercise in algorithmic governance
Presented by: Denisa Kera, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Salamanca
This full-day workshop uses the scenario of Lithopia <>, a parody of a “smart village”, to explain, perform and offer templates of smart contracts that enable participants to create their own version of dystopia or utopia over future convergences of technologies. We will explore algo-governance and promises of future automation by prototyping smart contracts on the open source blockchain platform Hyperledger Fabric and Composer. These prototypes will serve as probes into issue of bias, justice, and control in code and law and as tools of critical reflection and future scenarios on algorithmic governance, politics, and design.
Location: Meeting Room C, Lawrence Public Library (707 Vermont Street)