The Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS) and the University of Colorado Boulder Department of History will sponsor and host the second annual Digital Scholarship in the Front Range Symposium at Norlin Library this month.
The theme for 2019 is ‘Digital Humanities and the Visual World.’ Organizer and instructor in the Department of History Vilja Hulden, said that broadening the digital humanities from text to visual material makes it interesting to a broader group of scholars.
“Digital humanities has traditionally been focused pretty heavily on text, mainly because that's easier to process computationally,” Hulden said. “Recent technological advances have made it much more manageable to do complex analysis of images, and that's exciting since we all know that a lot of important communication happens through images. Now we can even analyze moving images.”
"With digital media we have more and easier ways to share visual images than ever before, which has really impacted and driven the development of contemporary visual culture,” Director of CRDDS Thea Lindquist said. “People really like to see things communicated in visual ways.”
The morning sessions will include presentations with current projects on digital humanities (DH) topics such as mapping, visualizations, assignments, and tools being used in DH projects. There will also be two afternoon workshops; the workshop “Mapping Outside the Box” will come from the Libraries’ Geospatial Data Services Postdoc Fellow Alicia Cowart.
Lauren Tilton, co-director of the Distant Viewing Lab at the University of Richmond, will give the keynote presentation. Her talk, “The Visual Turn in DH,” will share her insights on the intersections between computational and visual media and how they are applicable across disciplines.
“This both makes digital humanities relevant to a broader group of scholars and gives new depth to cultural analysis using digital methods,” said Hulden.
The intent of the symposium is to showcase research and pedagogical initiatives in the Front Range and the Rocky Mountain West as well as to build a sustained community around work in digital humanities and computational social science.