HASE 2nd ONLINE COLLOQUIUM on Digital Humanities
Created on June 14, 2021
The role of Digital Humanities in Challenging Times
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15:30-16:00 Getting connected
19:15-19: 30 Closing remarks
This paper will focus on spatial approaches in literary studies that engage with digital humanities. Using as a case study some exploratory work into mapping early modern libel in the provinces of England, as well as some uses of digital mapping in teaching, the paper will explore the roles that digital humanities can play in literary studies and consider what literary studies can bring to digital humanities projects. The paper will reflect, in particular, on the potential that digital humanities approaches hold for exploring intertextual connections in the early modern period when the interplay between different literary forms, such as print, manuscript and oral media, was especially dynamic.
Both literary and materialist practices include considerations of ‘form’ – a careful attention, a close reading if you will, of the structures through which we make meaning. Marjorie Levinson has described new formalisms as a scholarly movement that foregrounds “multilayered and integrative responsiveness to every element of the textual dimension.”This effortful attention is contrasted by Levinson to the “flattening, routinizing, absorptive effects” of ideology. This talk asks what happens when we make this effort in an analysis of what many consider the most flattening and routinizing of all genres – the data table.
In this presentation, Prof. Felluga will discuss the ramifications of COVE’s approach to content and tool sharing: the ability to create custom assemblies that draw on vetted and unvetted content across multiple tools (annotation, anthology-building, timelines, maps, and galleries). What happens when content is no longer static or hidden behind prohibitively expensive paywalls? Can we imagine a better way forward for scholarship and teaching in this moment of crisis for the humanities?
This paper reflects critically on the evolution of digital theatre and on the application of digital theatre in learning contexts addressing learners of all ages. The first part of the paper attempts to sketch the field of forces that bear upon the development of digital theatre, or theatre that materializes through digital technology. Special emphasis is placed on how the integration of digital means and conventions in theatre practices has affected the fundamentals of theatre, its design principles, and its social uses. The second part of the paper expands on the last point to focus on the use of digital theatre in education (DTiE). The existing body of literature and ongoing research on the subject informs a discussion of how and why the incorporation of theatre and digital tools in the educational praxis benefits adult and non-adult learners of various backgrounds, both digital immigrants and digital natives. The main argument here is that among the many affordances of DTiE interventions, irrespective of their specific subject or content area, perhaps the most significant is their potential to enhance the critical digital competences of learners as well as cultivate their cultural literacy. It is these affordances that allow us to consider digital theatre, this promising subfield of the digital arts and humanities, as a site “in-the-making” for rehearsals of social change; a site ideally equipped to respond to the current crisis.
Meet our Speakers
Clare Egan is Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature in the Department of English and Creative Writing, Lancaster University, U.K. Her research interests cover a wide range of drama and performance in medieval and early modern England, especially through the study of spectatorship. She studies the ways in which people at the lower levels of society used performance in their everyday lives to enact communal conflicts; the focus of this research is the performance of provincial libels under James I. Preserved in the Star Chamber court records are accounts of early communities writing slanderous verses about one another and reading them aloud to local audiences, as well as fixing symbols to significant public places and acting various out mock-ceremonies. Her research investigates the literary and performance nature of these sources along with their uses of place and space, including using digital mapping to locate them in their contemporary landscape using GIS (Geographic Information Systems). The formation of identity and selfhood through literature and performance is her broader research area, especially the existence of anxiety over the boundaries of public and private life throughout the medieval period. She is interested in defamation, both libel and slander, as a form of early modern media and is currently working on false news and the circulation of disinformation in the early modern world.
Jacqueline Wernimont is Distinguished Chair of Digital Humanities and Social Engagement and an Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at Dartmouth College. She is also a co-Director of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaborative) and runs the Digital Justice Lab at Dartmouth. Her books include Numbered Lives: Life and Death in Quantum Media and the co-edited Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities (with Elizabeth Losh). As a digital media scholar who specializes in mathematics and computational media and their histories, her work is synthetic and bridges the humanities, sciences, and arts.
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Dino Franco Felluga completed his doctorate at the U of California, Santa Barbara in 1995, followed by two postdoctoral fellowships, the first at the U of Calgary Institute for the Humanities, the second in the English Department at Stanford U. His articles have appeared in SEL: Studies in English Literature, Victorian Studies, Criticism, Victorian Poetry, European Romantic Review, Critical Quarterly, 19, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and the Blackwell Companion to Victorian Poetry. His first book, The Perversity of Poetry: Romantic Ideology and the Popular Male Poet of Genius was published by SUNY Press in 2005. It was followed by the 4-volume, million-word Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature and Critical Theory: The Key Concepts. He is also the general editor of BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History and COVE: Collaborative Organization for Virtual Education. His current book project, Novel-Poetry, co-written with Emily Allen, explores the cross-influence of poetry and the novel in the nineteenth century. Prof. Felluga also created the North American Victorian Studies Association and served as NAVSA’s president for the first 11 years of the organization.
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Aikaterini Delikonstantinidou holds a PhD in theatre studies from the School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is adjunct professor in the Department of Museum Studies, University of Patras, and postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Theatre Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, focusing on applications of myth-based digital theatre in adult education. She is project associate for “Intimate Bridges,” an initiative of the EU’s Creative Europe programme; she is member of the editorial team of Critical Stages, the journal of the International Association of Theatre Critics; and she serves as the Young Scholar Representative of the Hellenic Association for American Studies. Her first monograph, Latinx Reception of Greek Tragic Myth: Healing and Radical Politics was published by Peter Lang in 2020. Her research interests include theatre and the performing arts, myth reception, education, and the digital paradigm.
The Hellenic Association for the Study of English (HASE) was founded in 1990 in Thessaloniki. It welcomes membership from scholars (Professors, Lecturers, graduate students, private scholars, teachers of English) who are involved with English studies in a wide range of areas, from literatures in English, comparative literature, critical and cultural theory, film and media studies and theoretical and applied linguistics. One of its main aims is to establish contacts, both personal and electronic, with scholars working in these areas in other European countries, linking us, in other words, to over 30 national associations that comprise ESSE (The European Society for the Study of English, www.essenglish.org). Another aim is to maintain current and establish new links among scholars in English studies within Greece itself. Since its inauguration, HASE has held regular conferences, alternating between Athens and Thessaloniki.
SCHOOL OF PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE