“Humanities in a Digital Age” Symposium Podcasts

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On November 11th, the University of Virginia’s Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures hosted a daylong symposium on “The Humanities in a Digital Age.” The symposium included two panels—one on Access & Ownership and the other on Research & Teaching—and two keynote talks.

The first keynote was given by Stephen Ramsay, Associate Professor in the Department of English and Fellow in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

The second keynote was given by Dan Cohen, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History in New Media at George Mason University.

Jeremy Boggs and Anne Houston, “Access and Ownership.”

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Stephen Ramsay, “Textual Behavior in the Human Male.”

Alison Booth and Mitch Green, “Research and Teaching.”

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Dan Cohen, “Humanities Scholars and the Web: Past, Present, and Future,” with response by Jerome McGann.

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Originally published by the Scholars’ Lab on December 13, 2011. Keynote by Stephen Ramsay revised March 2012 and available for download (video, PDF).

About Jeremy Boggs, Alison Booth, Daniel J. Cohen, Mitchell S. Green, Anne Houston, and Stephen Ramsay

Jeremy Boggs is Design Architect for the the University of Virginia's Scholars' Lab. He is currently ABD in History at George Mason University, where he is writing a dissertation on design methodologies for digital history.

Alison Booth is Professor of English at the University of Virginia, where she teaches narrative and Victorian literature. She is the author of Greatness Engendered: George Eliot and Virginia Woolf (Cornell, 1992) and How to Make It as a Woman: Collective Biographical History from Victoria to the Present (Chicago, 2004) and editor of Wuthering Heights (Longman) and Introduction to Literature (Norton). Her research explores both the audience reception of authors and biography of or in groups, in an Anglo-American context. She is currently engaged in a digital project, Collective Biographies of Women , and a book on literary tourism, biography, and house museums, "Writers Revisited."

Dan Cohen is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. His own research is in European and American intellectual history, the history of science (particularly mathematics), and the intersection of history and computing. He is the co-author of Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), author of Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), and has published articles and book chapters on the history of mathematics and religion, the teaching of history, and the future of history in a digital age in journals such as the Journal of American History, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Rethinking History. Dan is an inaugural recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies' Digital Innovation Fellowship.

Mitch Green is the NEH/Horace Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Virginia. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Mead Endowment, the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Philosophy of Science, the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, the University of Virginia's Teaching Resource Center, and the University of Virginia's Shannon Center for Advanced Studies. His specializations are in Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, and Aesthetics. He is also interested in Metaphysics, Decision Theory, the Theory of Action, and the history of analytic philosophy. His current research interests include evolutionary biology of communication, speech acts and their role in communication, empathy, self-knowledge, self-expression, and attitude ascription.

Anne Houston is the Director of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Virginia Library.

Stephen Ramsay is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Fellow in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He splits his time between pontificating about Digital Humanities, teaching humanities majors to program, undertaking analysis and visualization of text corpora, and designing and building text technologies for humanist scholars. He is the author of Reading Machines: Toward an Algorithmic Criticism (University of Illnois Press, 2011).