Keynote 2017: Isabel Pedersen (UOIT, Canada)

Pedersen_IsabelDigital Humanities, Embodied Technology, and Selves

Isabel Pedersen

Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Friday May 19, 04:45 PM – 6:00 PM  Richcraft Hall (River Building) Room 2228

As networked culture progresses, wearable media devices will continue to evolve. Such devices will read our feelings, anxieties, delights, and fears in addition to mundane information about what we buy, where we go, and who we know. Our digital selves will accrue datafied emotional profiles through biofeedback geared to represent affect. Along these lines, implanted technology is poised as the next phase of embodiment in increasingly everyday contexts. The ambition to develop and adopt affective computing technologies reveals a utopian hope of a future that could be radically transformative, but in other ways it is fear that provokes us. The transhumanist response to feelings of vulnerability and precarity pushes society to become digital in ways that seem precautionary. For this talk, I will describe several multiyear digital humanities creation projects that respond to embodied technologies and affective computing. One project, Fabric of Digital Life is an open digital humanities archive that explores the emergence of digital devices through its broad archival mission, collections, curatorial practices, and metadata development. Several critical arts projects explore the juncture between human agency, mediation, affect, film, art, technoculture, and embodied technology. The critical humanities goal represented by these projects is to engender experiences that are creatively jarring, thought provoking, and methodological.

Bio: Dr. Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture focuses on wearable computers, networked culture, visual rhetoric and emergent media.

Keynote 2017: Chris Funkhouser (NJIT, US)

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Chris Funkhouser, New Jersey Institute of Technology (USA)

Our ability to prepare sophisticated forms of expression with digital media increases our ability to engage with others in the networked world and participate more fully with mass culture. As mediated communications have expanded over recent decades, exploring expressive and documentary practices in the Humanities has become my primary activity as researcher. Presently, my work focuses on producing and designing sound in public settings, on the Web, and in physical space. This realm of digital materiality invites many useful types of sensory immersion, and engineering sound in a range of public settings, including capturing and presenting compelling living moments with audio technology, is a central aspect of my activity as a scholar and radio programmer. This research embraces contemporary media techniques to produce audio in narrative and participatory realms using basic hardware, synthesizing materials with network interface and coding techniques. Developing methods of presenting interactive and layered audio on the World Wide Web, those working in the Humanities are able to harness new types of engagement uniting sound, person, and place in order to enhance and refine our literary and intellectual climates. This presentation will introduce examples of these experiments with interactive sound technology.

Bio: Multimedia artist and writer Christopher Funkhouser is author of Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archeology of Forms, 1959-1995, New Directions in Digital Poetry, Whereis Mineral: Selected Adventures in MOO, the chapbooks pressAgain, Subsoil Lutes, Electro Þerdix, and LambdaMOO_Sessions. He was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Multimedia University (Malaysia) in 2006; in 2009, the Associated Press commissioned him to prepare digital poems for the occasion of Barack Obama’s inauguration. Funk’s SoundBox 2012, nominated for a 2013 Digital Humanities award, interactively unites more than 400 recordings he produced. Funkhouser is Professor and Director of the Communication and Media program at New Jersey Institute of Technology, a Contributing Editor at PennSound, and hosts POET RAY’D YO on WGXC in Hudson, New York.

Conférence plénière 2017: B. Deruelle (UQAM) et S. Lamassé (uParis 1)

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Benjamin Deruelle, Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada)

Stéphane Lamassé, Université Paris 1 (France)

Avec le développement du Big Data, les logiciels d’analyse de données sont de plus en plus nombreux et rarement libres. En 2012, l’équipe du Pôle Informatique de Recherche et d’Enseignement en Histoire de l’Université de Paris 1 lance le projet AnalyseSHS. Le projet poursuivait deux objectifs. Celui de faciliter la pratique de méthodes d’analyse multidimensionnelles pour les étudiants en évitant la multiplicité des logiciels alors nécessaires et en se concentrant sur la compréhension des algorithmes ainsi que l’interprétation des résultats; celui ensuite de mettre en relation, par l’expérience, des champs disciplinaires différents comme les statistiques et les SHS et d’expérimenter de nouvelles méthodes applicables à la recherche fondamentale. Elle devenait ainsi une interface pour le transfert de méthodes quantitatives des sciences dures vers les sciences humaines et sociales. Cette expérience, pour l’instant inachevée, permet de s’interroger sur le rapport aux données posée par la pratique de l’histoire par exemple, ainsi que de s’orienter vers l’analyse du rapport des chercheurs à leur outillage informatique dans une dimension plus épistémologique encore.

Cette intervention propose donc de suivre le parcours de cette interface interdisciplinaire de recherche et de la collaboration entre historiens, mathématiciens et informaticiens de l’ère de la documentation à l’ère des savoir-faire en passant par l’ère de la donnée.