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Bard College's Experimental Humanities Hosts Two-Day Conference
 

Global | Local: Experiments in the Arts and Humanities to Be Held March 31-April 1

Mark Primoff
845-758-7412
primoff@bard.edu
03-08-2017
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Experimental Humanities concentration at Bard College will host a two-day conference, Global | Local: Experiments in the Arts and Humanities, from Friday, March 31 to Saturday, April 1 in the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation. This two-day conference will explore the relationships between technology and human experience as they play out across local and global contexts.

Segments of each day will be organized around topics such as human rights and viral activism, games and gaming, public engagement with scholarly research, the senses (touch, sound, vision) in digital society, and novel approaches to teaching and learning. The conference will feature prominent thinkers on these subjects from around the world, as well as a number of hands-on workshops, interactive experiences, and other opportunities for participants. Events will include talks on #BlackLivesMatter and the Women’s March on Washington, socially engaged gameplay led by game designers and scholars, and demonstrations of interactive digital projects about locations from the Hudson Valley to South Sudan.

Members of the public are invited to attend. Registration is free. Lunches require an additional fee. Registration is open until March 15. To register, go to:  http://eh.bard.edu/conference2017/.

Speakers include Manan Ahmed, assistant professor of history and cofounder of the Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities, Columbia University; Dennis Tenen, assistant professor of English and Comparative Literature, cofounder, Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities, Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab, New Media Center at the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, Columbia University; Treva Lindsey, associate professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University, and Fellow for Research on Women and Girls of Color at the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center; Hoyt Long, associate professor of Japanese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and codirector of Text Lab, University of Chicago; Heather Love, associate professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, and visiting faculty, The Center for the Study of Social Difference, Columbia University; Bard College alumna Ting Ting Cheng, legal director of the Women’s March on Washington and public defender at Brooklyn Defense Services; T.L. Cowan, assistant professor of Media Studies (Digital Media Cultures) in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC) and the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto; Angel David Nieves, associate professor of Africana Studies & Digital Humanities, director of the American Studies Program, director, Cinema & Media Studies Program, and codirector and coprincipal investirgator of the Digital Humanities Initiative at Hamilton College; Paolo Pedercini, game developer, artist, educator, and visiting assistant professor in  the School of Art Carnegie Mellon University; and Nicole Starosielski, assistant professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

This conference is presented by Experimental Humanities at Bard College and generously funded through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Global | Local: Experiments in the Arts and Humanities

Day 1: Friday, March 31

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration, coffee and pastries

 

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome

Maria Sachiko Cecire, Director of Bard Experimental Humanities

 

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Joint Plenary: “Modalities of Engagement”

Dennis Tenen and Manan Ahmed, Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities, Columbia University

 

10:15–10:30 a.m.

Break

 

10:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Panel 1: Experimental Pedagogy

Featured Speaker

T.L. Cowan, Department of Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC) and the Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto

“Digital Research Ethics: A Harm Reduction Model for the Humanities”

 

Anelise Hanson Shrout, California State University Fullerton

“What Happens Next?: First-Generation Students in #DH Classrooms”

 

Kisha G. Tracy, Fitchburg State University

“Teacher-Photographer: Transforming Perceptions of Cultural Heritage with Image”

 

Digital History Lab Team, Experimental Humanities, Bard College

Demonstration of recent and on-going projects

 

12:15–1:30 p.m.

Lunch

 

12:40–1:20 p.m.

Parallel Mini-Sessions (During Lunch Break)

Photowalk

Kisha G. Tracy

 

Fishbowl Discussion

“Balancing Local and Global in the Pedagogical Collaborative”

Alexis Chartschlaa, Matthew Park, Elisabeth Gambino

 

1:30–3:15 p.m.

Panel 2: Global Public Humanities

Featured Speaker

Angel Nieves, Africana Studies, Digital Humanities, and Cinema and Media Studies, Hamilton College

“Queering the Mandela House at 8115 Vilakazi: Stompie Seipei and the Promise of Digital Humanities in Pursuit of Human Rights”

 

Kimon Keramidas, Digital Humanities, Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program, New York University

“Digital Media and Local Practice for Distant History During Fraught Global Times”

 

John Ryle, Rift Valley Institute, Bard College

“South Sudan Customary Authorities Project”

 

Alison Cornyn and the Incorrigibles Project

“Language and Control (in Young Women’s Incarceration)”

 

3:15–3:30 p.m.

Break

 

3:30–4:30pm

Plenary: “Hashtag Insurgency: Exploring the Convergence of Digital and Analog Resistance Post-#BlackLivesMatter”

Treva Lindsey, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University

 

4:30–4:45 p.m.

Break

 

4:45–5:45 p.m.

Plenary: “The Future of the United State of Women: Tactics for Gender Activism on the Edge of Uncertainty”

 

Ting Ting Cheng, Legal Director of the Women’s March on Washington and Public Defender at Brooklyn Defense Services

 

6:00–7:00 p.m.

Debate

Thomas Bartscherer and Students from Citizens of the World course, Bard College and Bard College Berlin

 

7:00–8:00 p.m.

Tasting

Food shared by students in Citizens of the World course

 

 

Day 2: Saturday, April 1

8:45–9:15 a.m.

Registration, coffee, and pastries

 

9:15 –11:00 a.m.

Panel 3: Digital Sensorium

Featured Speaker

Nicole Starosielski, The New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

“Weaponizing Thermal Transmissions”

 

Matthew Park, BHSEC Newark

“Twittering Machine: African Art, Modern Art, Donald Trump”

 

Eduardo Navas, School of Visual Arts, Pennsylvania State University

“Remix methods and Data Visualization”

 

Laura Kunreuther and Students, Anthropology Program, Bard College

“Democratic Soundscapes, or What Does Democracy Sound Like?”

 

11:00–11:15 a.m.

Break

 

11:15–12:15 a.m.

Plenary: “‘Pointing to the Fact’: On the Politics of Description”

Heather Love, Department of English and The Center for the Study of Social Difference, University of Pennsylvania

Cosponsored by the Art History Program, Bard College

 

12:15–1:30 p.m.

Lunch

 

12:40 –1:20 p.m.

Parallel Mini-Sessions (During Lunch Break)

Discussion

Building and Sustaining Digital Humanities at Liberal Arts Colleges

 

Workshop

Decolonize Your Syllabus (bring a syllabus you want to rethink)

 

1:30–2:30 p.m.

Plenary: “Difference in Numbers: Computation and Models of World Literature”

Hoyt Long, Japanese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

 

2:30–2:45 p.m.

Break

 

 2:45–3:45 p.m.

Game Play

Paolo Pedercini, School of Art, Carnegie Mellon University

Activist games with conference participants

 

3:45–4:30 p.m.

Panel 4: Games

Featured Speaker

Paolo Pedercini, School of Art, Carnegie Mellon University

“Tactical Memes: Reusable Formats in Creative Activism”

 

Maath Musleh and Yazid Albadarin, Bard College Al-Quds

 

Ben Coonley and Keith O’Hara, Bard College

 

4:30–4:45 p.m.

Break

 

4:45–5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

 

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Reception

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Website: http://eh.bard.edu/conference2017/

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This event was last updated on 03-08-2017