| Humanities and Technology
Lecture Series: Technology, Translation, and Transformation
Panel on "Serious
Play: The Practices of Everyday Life in Video Games and
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 | 4:00-6:00
PM | 135 Humanities Instructional Building
Each year, HumaniTech® and the UCI Libraries sponsor a
panel that builds on a common theme rooted in technology,
the humanities, and new media and communication. This year's
panel will explore and critique the gaming and virtual worlds--how
they have transformed (or not) the "real" world
in our communication, everyday life, and cultural perspectives.
Panelists include Ian Bogost,
Assistant Professor of Literature, Communication and Culture
at Georgia Tech; Tom
Boellstorff, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UC Irvine,
Alexander, Associate Professor of English, UC Irvine.
Moderated by Elizabeth
Losh, Writing Director of Humanities CORE Course at Irvine.
This panel is the first event in HumaniTech's lecture series
this year on "Technology, Translation, and Transformation."
Conference flyer (PDF
document) | Listen to Panel
Panel on "Is an 'Academic Blog' an Oxymoron?:
A Public Conversation Between Faculty Bloggers and Student
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 | 9:30-11:50
AM | 135 Humanities Instructional Building
Come hear five bloggers from the School of Humanities give
advice to students, faculty, and members of the general public
about designing and maintaining a successful academic blog.
Questions include: How do you define the genre of the web
log in your own terms? How do you find a niche in a crowded
marketplace of ideas and build an audience? What about intelectual
property, copyright, and academic labor issues? Participants
include Catherine Liu of Higher
Yearning, Peter Krapp of Distraction
Economy, Scott Kaufman of Acephalous,
Julia Lupton of Design
Your Life, and Elizabeth Losh of Virtualpolitik.
Co-sponsored by SCIWRITER.
(PDF document) | View this panel on YouTube
Symposium on "The Book, The
Brand, and The Box: Design in an Age of Research and Retail"
Friday, November 2, 2007 | 10:00 AM to
5:00 PM | 135 Humanities Instructional Building
Design Alliance will present three panels featuring the
contact zones between graphic, branding, and product design
in order to explore the frontiers between research and retail
in the university and in the design world. For more information
and a list of participants, visit the symposium
web site or contact Julia
Download flyer (PDF document)
Lunchtime colloquy on "Mashups*,
Google, Powerpoint: Translation--Teaching History"
Thursday, November 29, 2007 | 12:00-1:30 PM | 135 Humanities
Seed, Professor of History, will give a presentation on
the pedagogical uses of mashups, with an emphasis on Google
maps. Professor Seed, who has applied interactive maps and
other digital media to her own teaching and work in the history
of colonization, slavery, and navigation, sees these media
as not only pedagogical tools, but also tools for actual discovery.
Mashups can be used in many disciplines: history, literature,
social sciences, and the natural sciences among them.
* A web application that combines data from more than one
source into an integrated experience. It derives from a pop
music term of mixing two or more songs or music genres. A
mashup often includes interactive maps as one of its sources.
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DIY Texts: Students and the Future
of Writing (a preview)
Thursday, January 31, 2008 | 3:00-4:30 PM | 135 Humanities
A discussion of the major trends in student use of multimedia
texts--including reading, creating, remixing for dissemination,
applying to YouTube, encountering and (re)authoring gamespaces.
What are the implications and challenges of these trends?
Panelists will include Jonathan Alexander,
UCI Campus Writing Director; Liz Losh, Writing
Director, Core Course; and Jacqueline Rhodes,
Professor of English, California State University, San Bernardino.
This panel is a preview of next year's conference on "The
Future of Writing."
Lecture on "Affective Life of New Media"
with Richard Grusin
Thursday, February 21, 2008 | 4:00-5:30
PM | 135 Humanities Instructional Building | Download flyer
Grusin discusses the affective qualities of our relations
with media technologies, the ways in which individual and
collective affect are translated and transformed through our
interactions with media technologies. He draws from psychology,
philosophy, science studies, and media theory in looking at
our relations with cellphones, video games, and other screen-based
media technologies. Professor Grusin, whose areas are American
Studies and Digital Culture, is the Chair and Professor of
English at Wayne State University and the author of Remediation:
Understanding New Media and Culture Technology and
the Creation of America's National Parks.
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Professors Sigi Jottkandt and Gary Hall on The
Open Humanities Press*
Thursday, April 3,
2008 | 3:00-4:30 PM | 135 Humanities Instructional Building
The Open Humanities
Press (OHP) will be launched this year. It is a bold and
exciting new initiative, committed to open access and the
free exchange of scholarly knowledge, an on-line publisher
of contemporary critical and cultural theory that was formed
in response to the growing inequality of readers' access to
critical materials necessary for research in the humanities.
It is a consortium of peer-reviewed open access journals in
continental philosophy, cultural studies, new media, film
and literary criticism. The editorial board, including Alain
Badiou, Wlad Godzich, Stephen Greenblatt, Donna Haraway, Katherine
Hayles, Hillis Miller, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, and Gayatri Spivak,
among others, has recently completed its review of the first
journals to be included in the OHP.
Sigi Jottkandt will speak on "The Open Humanities Press:
Free/Libre Scholarship," and Gary Hall will present "Liquid
Sigi Jottkandt is a Researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy,
The Netherlands; Co-founder of the Open
Humanities Press, and Co-Editor of www.lineofbeauty.org
Gary Hall is Professor of Media and Performing Arts, School
of Art and Design, Coventry University; Co-editor of Culture
Machine; Director of the Cultural
Studies Open Access Archive; Co-founder of the
Open Humanities Press.
* an editorially-driven, international humanities press that
will lend the same imprimatur of quality to humanities e-journals
and books as established publishers.
Download flyer | Listen
Event Webs: Constructs, Connections, Causalities
Friday, May 9, 2008 | 9:00 AM to 5:00
PM | Calit2 Auditorium
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website for podcasts and video | Download
The Web, as we know it today, is based
on individual words and objects that are searchable. This
one-day event of panels, roundtables, and demonstrations show
the exciting potential of a new Web construct, Web 3.0, or
the EventWeb, which will be event, rather than object, focused,
with the aim of communicating experiences and making spatial
and temporal connections. The EventWeb aims to tie together
events with a search engine that will focus on the continuity
of time and space. It has promise for an impact on the study
of history, literature, religion, and the social sciences,
as well as for connections for people in developing countries.
Speakers include Bernard
Frischer, Director of the Institute for Advanced
Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia;
Professor of Cognitive Science, UC Irvine;
Lewis Lancaster, Professor Emeritus of
East Asian Literature at Berkeley and Founder and Director
of the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative; Ngugi
wa Thiong'o, UCI Distinguished Professor of Comparative
Literature and Director of the International Center for Writing
and Translation; Jack
Miles, UCI Distinguished Professor of English
and Religious Studies;
Ramesh Jain, Bren Professor of Information
and Computer Sciences; and Ryan
Shaw, Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley's School of
Co-sponsored by HumaniTech, Network and Academic Computing
Services, the International Center for Writing and Translation,
and the Humanities Center.
Orange Goes Green presents "Energy Revolution"
with Michael Shellenberger, President of the Breakthrough
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 | 3:00 PM | 135
Humanities Instructional Building
In this inaugural Orange Goes Green event, presented by the
Humanities Center, HumaniTech® and the Design Alliance,
Michael Shellenberger spoke about his new book, Break
Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics
of Possibility, co-authored with Ted Nordhaus. Break
Through argues for a new, positive politics capable of addressing
everything from global warming and deforestation to health
care and social alienation. Nordhaus and Shellenberger argue
that the old environmentalist politics of limits is outmoded.
What new ecological crises like global warming demand is not
that we constrain human power but unleash it.
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