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Digital Humanities Forum to explore Nodes & Networks in the humanities

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH) will host its fourth-annual Digital Humanities Forum on the KU Lawrence campus Sept. 12-13 on the theme of "Nodes & Networks in the Humanities: Geometries, Relationships, Processes." The Forum is open to the public and will offer workshops on new digital tools for working with humanities data along with presentations by national scholars.

The network has emerged as a powerful model in humanities scholarship in recent years. It is used as a visualization and analytic tool to explore objects, ideas or events and their relationships; as a method to discover, link and create new resources and data; and as a social structure through which we communicate, conduct our scholarly and social lives, and develop our self-identity. Our digital objects and our digital selves all exist in "the Net." "This year's theme reflects growing use of the network as a model for analyzing the relationships between objects in a wide range of humanities contexts," said Brian Rosenblum, co-director of IDRH and head of KU Libraries’ Center for Faculty Initiatives and Engagement. "This year's Forum will give us a chance to explore how network visualizations and network analysis tools and methods can further humanistic research beyond just providing some nice info-graphics and DH eye candy." 

On Friday, September 12, the Forum will host several hands-on workshops on digital tools by local and national instructors on topics such as data visualization, harvesting and making use of web data, and annotating 3-D environments. On Saturday the Forum will feature research papers and posters by scholars on a range of topics. An award for best graduate student paper will also be presented.

In addition, the Forum will feature three keynote talks:

* Steven Jones (Loyola University): The Network Inside Out and the New Digital Humanities (Friday, September 12, 4:30 p.m., Watson 3 West)

* Isabel Meirelles (Northeastern University): Learning from Constraints in Visualizations of Information (Saturday, September 13, 9:00 a.m., Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union)

* Scott B. Weingart (Indiana University): Networks In and Of Society (Saturday, September 13, 4:00 p.m., Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union)

The Forum is free and open to participants beyond KU, but space is limited. To register or learn more, visit or contact

The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities was created to address a growing need on campus for digital services and expertise in humanities research. The Institute, created through a partnership of KU Libraries, the Hall Center for the Humanities and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, supports and enhances humanities research at KU. Its mission is to promote the use of computing technology to advance humanistic scholarship across disciplines, publish and disseminate scholarly research through new Web-based models, and study the impact of technology on society and on the scholarly record.

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