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Tomorrow we’ll be kicking off HASTAC V, sponsored by the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory. The first event associated with the conference is a public lecture by artist Paul Kaiser, a pioneer in the use of 3D rendering, motion capture, and artificial intelligence in digital art. Friday and Saturday are packed with engaging speakers, tours, and demos. For the complete program, see here. Registration is still available on site, and attendance at sessions (does…

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How does an invisible system shape the experience of an end user? I found myself pondering this question again and again throughout the 2011 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, which took place November 20-21. This event is jointly sponsored each year by Northwestern University, Loyola University, University of Chicago, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. This year, Loyola University hosted the colloquium at its Water Tower campus. Some papers explicitly asked us to look…

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As Occupy Wall Street nears the end of its second month and the future of encampments across the country becomes an increasingly pressing question, Time magazine spoke with When Protest Makes Policy author S. Laurel Weldon for her perspective on what has become an international movement. In the article, Weldon suggested that the two most likely outcomes for any large protest movement are victory or a gradual fading.


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MPublishing is pleased to announce the publication of a new issue of The Journal of  Electronic Publishing. JEP 14.2 is a special issue that gathers together poets, professors, publishers and programmers to reflect and report on the impact of digital technologies—from Blogger and Twitter to Perl and video games—on writing, publishing, and understanding poetry. The issue was guest-edited by Aaron McCollough, librarian for English Language and Literature and Comparative Literature here at the University of…

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The MPublishing team recently returned from THATCamp Publishing in Baltimore, MD. For the uninitiated, THAT (for “The Humanities and Technology”) Camp is a new breed of “unconference” attempting to move beyond the stand-and-deliver (and sit-and-listen) variety of academic conferences many of us are used to. Instead, the mission is collective discussion and concerted sharing around particular themes and with specific goals in mind. If you’d like to read participants’ notes from THATCamp Publishing, they are…

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I wanted to share the Prezi portion of the workshop that Aaron McCollough (Subject Librarian for English and Comparative Literature) and I offered recently at the Teaching and Technology Collaborative. The presentation, “Introducing the Digital Humanities,” was a whirlwind tour of new large-scale databases and tools for conducting and storing research, and a demonstration of some of the interactive platforms for broadcasting and publishing findings. We examined the digital humanities as a dynamic field (or…

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Despite the arrival of menacing Jack O’ Lanterns and ghastly ghouls, three publications fearlessly released new material this month. The Trans Asia Photography Review (TAP) published an expansive new special issue entitled The Elu[va]sive Portrait: In Pursuit of Photographic Portraiture in East Asia and Beyond. Volume 2, Issue 1 features 5 essays and interviews, 3 book reviews, 4 curatorial projects, noted recent publications, and summaries of several scholarly symposia. Ayelet Zohar, PhD was the guest…

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