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Data in the Humanities + Art


What happens when disciplines collide?

Data in the Humanities plus Art (DH+A), will question how art can contribute to the analysis of humanities data. The controversy surrounding the digital humanities involves fear of taking the “human” out of humanities. Can the combination of literature, statistics, and art alleviate these concerns and make the approaches to and value in computational methods more accessible? Or, is this line of inquiry the equivalent of parlor tricks and little more? Can computational approaches give texts an opportunity to speak to us with a clearer voice than we have ever heard, which art can then (re-)translate or make accessible to a wider audience? We anticipate a lively discussion among a diverse audience of science and humanities scholars and the public at large. We hope to see you there.


Schedule of events:


1:00-5:00 Friday, Nov 8, 2013
DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery


1:00-1:15 Overview of Victorian Eyes exhibition and collaboration, Carrie Roy, Catherine DeRose, Fred Boehm


Short presentations on interdisciplinary research
1:15-1:35 Art: Meg Mitchell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
1:35-1:55 Humanities: Eric Hoyt, Assistant Professor of Media & Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
1:55-2:10 Statistics: Bret Hanlon, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison


2:15-2:30 Coffee Break


2:30-3:15 Panel Discussion: David Mimno (Assistant Professor, Department of Information Science, Cornell University), George Tzougros (Executive Director of Wisconsin Arts Board and Chairman of the National Creativity Network), Lynda Barry (Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Creativity, Arts Institute University of Wisconsin-Madison and Discovery Fellow, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery), Jesse Stommel (Assistant Professor, Division of Continuing Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison)


3:15-4:00 Group work, attendees work in interdisciplinary teams to brainstorm on collaborative project ideas


4:00-5:00 Reception






Special thanks to our sponsors: New Arts Venture Challenge, Humanities Research Bridge, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, UW-Madison General Library System, Department of Statistics, Department of English, Center for Visual Cultures