IDAH Spring 2017 Programming

Rewiring Consent: Data Visualization & Social Justice

    Throughout the Spring Semester IDAH is offering a series of workshops and discussions that aim to address how highly charged, incomplete, and politically complex information is turned (or fails to turn) into data.



  • Graham Roberts, Senior Graphics Editor New York Times: "Explorations in Visual Journalism: From Visualization to Virtual Reality at The New York Times"
    Tuesday, April 25, 6pm, Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU.

    Description: In this talk we take a closer look at the approach to visual journalism at The New York Times from the beginning of the decade until now. We will unpack the who, how, and why of the creation of these projects, along with a peek at exclusive behind the scenes and process for some of our most mission-defining visual journalism moments. We will also look back at the Times' first year of experimentation with a fundamentally new platform, Virtual Reality, and a vision for the future.

    Graham Roberts is the leader of the immersive, visual storytelling initiatives at the New York Times. He is a five-time Emmy® nominee, and his recent work includes a collaboration with NASA, titled Seeking Pluto's Frigid Heart.

  • Jacqueline Wernimont, Director, Nexus Lab, Arizona State University:
    "Counting the Dead: Consent, Quantum Media, and How We Come to Matter"
    Thursday, April 27, 4p at the Social Sciences Research Commons, Woodburn Hall.

    Description: Quantum media work to enumerate human life, activity, and death - most often in the service of state, corporate, or regulatory interests. The practice of counting the dead is deeply entangled with the long histories the paperwork and media technologies used to certify and regulate the lives of U.S. citizens and expresses and shapes how the nation-state values different lives and bodies. Performing a long history/media archeology of death counts, I'll be asking us to collectively consider how consent, access, and representation play out differently depending on who is counting and who is counted. What can early modern and colonial practices teach us about the value traces in 21st century quantum media? If we think of mortality media as a kind of visualization of a mortal border crossing, what are the effects of forced participation, exclusion, and explicit silencing for what we "see"?

    Jacqueline Wernimont is a specialist in feminist digital media, histories of quantification, and technologies of commemoration. She is a collaborator on Eugenic Rubicon—a historical data and storytelling project; Vibrant Lives—an arts and performance-based collaboration; and Centers for Solutions to Online Violence—an initiative that provides rapid response to the harassment of women and feminists of all genders.

    With responses from IU Faculty Justin Garcia (Gender Studies), Amy Gonzales (Media School), and Rebekah Sheldon (English).

Tanya Clement: Workshop & Lecture

  • Lecture: “The Phallogocentrism of DH Text Mining and the Aporia of Sound”
    This talk was held March 23.

  • This talk describes the HiPSTAS (High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship) Project, which is developing a research environment for humanists that uses machine learning and visualization to automate processes for analyzing sound collections. HiPSTAS engages digital literacy head on in order to invite humanists into concerns about machine learning and sound studies. Hearing sound as digital audio means choosing filter banks, sampling rates, and compression scenarios that mimic the human ear. Unless humanists know more about digital audio analysis, how can we ask, whose ear we are modeling in analysis? What is audible, to whom? Without knowing about playback parameters, how can we ask, what signal is noise? What signal is meaningful? To whom? Clement concludes with a brief discussion about some observations on the efficacy of using machine learning to facilitate generating data about spoken-word sound collections in the humanities. Read full description.
  • Workshop: “Audio Analysis for Poetry, Oratory, and Radio Collections”
    This beginner’s audio analysis workshop is part of the HiPSTAS (High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship) project. We will introduce participants to essential issues that DH scholars, who are often more familiar with working with text, must face in understanding the nature of audio texts such as poetry readings, oral histories, speeches, and radio programs. Understanding what users of sound collections want to do and what kinds of research questions are viable in the context of audio analysis is only a first step. We will also introduce participants to techniques in advanced computational analysis such as annotation, classification, and visualization that are essential to machine learning workflows, using tools such as Sonic Visualiser, ARLO, and pyAudioAnalysis. Read more.


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Catapult Colloquium Series

The Catapult Center for Digital Humanities & Computational Analysis was established by the IU College of Arts and Sciences in 2012 for the promotion of the digital humanities and the computational and material analysis of texts. The goal of the Center was to build a visible community of scholars and researchers from the humanities, social sciences, computer and information sciences, and material sciences who wish to collaborate in seeking innovative solutions to problems that arise in textual and para-textual research. The Center hosted Colloquia 2012-2015.

This year (2016-2017), IDAH has expanded Catapult’s mission to encompass Digital Critique. Faculty and students from across the University are invited to join us in a year-long exploration of Diversity and Digital Culture. Our aim is to explore the way digital practices and everyday technology address, remediate, and reconfigure difference.


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