Spring 2017 Events


Marginalia in the Early Modern & Post-Modern Atlantic Worlds

9:00-9:15 am: Greetings and Introductions. Tony Grafton, Earle Havens, Jean Bauer

9:15-10:15: “Archaeologies of Reading: Expanding the AOR Digital Corpus.” This session will discuss the evolution of AOR over the past several years from heavy digital infrastructural development, to further applications and broadening humanities content for wider user audiences. Earle Havens, Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University; Matthew Symonds, Jaap Geraerts, Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, University College London

10:45-12:15 pm: Panel discussions, Princeton Center for Digital Humanities, Winthrop, and Derrida teams.

10:45-11:15: “Constraints of the Archive”: This session will discuss the obstacles—material, legal, and intellectual—of working to digitize archives. Speakers will reflect on problems we came across (copyright issues, physical conditions for digitization) and their effects on the intellectual goals of the projects. Alexander Baron-Raiffe, Madeline McMahon, and Jean Bauer

11:15-11:45: “Documents to Data”: This session will reflect on the intellectual distinction between viewing texts as documents (as humanities scholars traditionally do) and seeing them as data (to facilitate digitally enhanced analysis). Speakers will reflect on questions like: what constitutes a moment of citation? What counts as an “annotation” (especially verbal vs. nonverbal vs. insertions)? What constitutes “raw” material, or, to what extent data is always already interpreted? Christian Flow, Katie Chenoweth, Alexander Baron-Raiffe, and Rebecca Munson

11:45-12:15 pm: “Thinking Relationally”: This session will explore the different ways of structuring relational databases and the very different routes that our projects took thanks, largely, to how they conceptualize the relationships among books, annotations, and people. Panelists will discuss the intellectual questions that shaped their data schemas and how they affect the user’s experience of the site. Tony Grafton, Katie Chenoweth, Jean Bauer

Organized by Anthony Grafton and Jean Bauer (Princeton) and Earle Havens (Johns Hopkins University)

February 6 9:00–12:00 PM
Guest Lecture

Multidisciplinary Approaches in a Collaborative Digital Lab

"Away From the Lone Historian? Multidisciplinary Approaches in a Collaborative Digital Research Lab"

The rise of digital humanities labs has created opportunities for bringing together not just multidisciplinary research teams in the social sciences and humanities, but also created the potential to re-organize how social science research is structured by knowledge dissemination and archiving. A series of pilot approaches in migration research between 2008-2016, including the $1.17 million "Chinese Canadian Stories" project, brought together students, off-campus communities, and scholars to redefine approaches to the collaborative production and communication of knowledge. Dr. Henry Yu discusses how scholars, students, and community researchers at UBC have been using digital technology to help reshape what defines research and archival protocols. 

Henry Yu is an Associate Professor of History, and the Principal of St. John’s College, the University of British Columbia. He received his BA in History (Honors) from UBC and an MA and PhD in History from Princeton University. Prof. Yu’s research and teaching has been built around collaboration with local communities and civic society at multiple levels, in particular in the digital humanities. He is the author of Thinking Orientals: Migration, Contact, and Exoticism in Modern America (Oxford, 2001) and was the Project Lead for the $1.17 million “Chinese Canadian Stories” public history, research and education project (2010-2012). His current research interests include the history of fascination with interracial sex, Chinese migrations and the development of the “Cantonese Pacific” in the 19th and 20th century, and historical and contemporary engagements between Chinese migrants and indigenous communities within the Pacific basin. He served as the Chair for the Advisory Council for the Province of British Columbia overseeing legacy projects following BC’s apology in 2014 for its history of anti-Chinese legislation. At UBC, Yu helped develop the Asian Canadian and Asian Migrations Studies program, which launched in Fall 2014, and helped design and write the university’s Strategic Plan for Equity and Diversity. Yu served on the Board of Managing Editors of the American Quarterly after it moved to Los Angeles (2003-2007) and again after it moved to Honolulu (2013-2016). He has also served the American Studies Association as an elected member of the Nominating Committee (2003-2005) and Council (2007-2010) as well as the President’s Executive Committee (2007-2010).

This event is being put on by the Program in American Studies.

February 8 4:30–6:00 PM