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

Workshops & Discussion Sessions

Workshop registration is separate from the rest of the Forum and will open soon.


Wednesday, October 2


2:00-3:00pm
DISCUSSION: How can we use new technology to understand and critique social injustices?

Facilitated by: Taylor Vinson, Georgetown University
Location: Watson Library, Rm 455
Please note: PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED, SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
With emerging technology playing an important role in amplifying social injustices, this discussion will engage participants in considering how to use technology to critically analyze and creatively express social injustices from the past while speculating about the future. The emphasis will be placed on brainstorming real opportunities for intersecting technology, critical art and social justice.


3:30-5:30pm
WORKSHOP: Digital Literacy and Community Engagement: Building a Public Humanities Praxis

Presented by: Julian Chambliss, Professor of English at Michigan State University
Location: Watson Library, Rm 455
Please note: PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED, SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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.


Saturday, October 5


10:00am - 4:00pm
WORKSHOP: Lithopia “Smart Village”: Prototyping Parodies of Future Algo-governance

Presented by: Denisa Kera, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Salamanca
Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 10:00am-4:00pm

Location: Meeting Room C, Lawrence Public Library (707 Vermont Street)
Please note: THIS IS A FULL-DAY WORKSHOP. PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED, SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

This full-day workshop uses the scenario of Lithopia <https://github.com/anonette/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.

This workshop is friendly to complete beginners: we will use templates of Hyperledger Fabric/Composer smart contracts (chaincode) that are readable in English to push some extreme scenarios of data governance (evil smart contracts) and then deliberate to what degree we can regulate code (or with code). We will use also Node RED framework to connect the blockchain services with satellite data and IoTs or other open APIs.

Requirements and Preparation:

  • No prior experience in blockchain technologies is needed. To become a Lithopian, please bring your laptop; no need to install anything.
  • The smart contracts respond to various algo-governance challenges.  If you want to prepare, here is a preview of potential policy issues.
  • If you need a quick overview of blockchain/decentralized ledger tech discussions, here is basic vocabulary.