On Tuesday, September 20, as part of the 15th Annual Belmont University Humanities Symposium, Dr. Amy Earhart, Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University, presented, “An Ethical Digital Humanities: Small Scale Approaches to Inclusive DH Projects.” As Dr. Earhart noted, the digital humanities has, as a field, been critiqued for high cost, huge projects that are often exclusionary by their structure, cost, technology application, and content. She discussed the limitations of such approaches to digital humanities projects and charted a long history of low entry point, accessible digital approaches—what she calls “small data” digital humanities. Her talk can be viewed below:
Belmont English faculty members played numerous contributing roles in the recent 15th Annual Belmont University Humanities Symposium. The event, which ran from September 19-26, was titled Titled “Machines Made of Words: Technology, Progress, and the Humanities.” The week-long event sparked a range of conversations about our place as humans in relation to the many technologies around us. Central planning roles were taken on by Dr. David Curtis (symposium) and Dr. Maggie Monteverde (associated film festival), both professors in the English Department. English faculty and graduate students who delivered presentations included the following:
- ENGAGING “SMART” MACHINES: AI, VR & THE HUMANITIES, panel presentation including Dr. Joel Overall.
- SHAKESPEARE: FROM ON STAGE TO ONLINE, panel presentation by Dr. Marcia McDonald, Dr. Jayme Yeo and Dr. Joel Overall.
- THE GREAT GROWLING ENGINE OF CHANGE: VIEWING THE EVOLUTION OF TECHNOLOGY THROUGH LITERATURE, graduate student reading featuring Alyssa Wynans, Grace Miller, Aleks Kojadinovic, and Hannah McIntosh.
- WHY THINGS MATTER: BEING POSTHUMAN IN THE HUMANITIES, presentation by Dr. Jason Lovvorn.
- MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN—AND HER MONSTERS, presentation by Dr. David Curtis.
- “WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE”…YET, viewing and discussion moderated by Dr. Maggie Monteverde.
- LANGUAGE: ‘THE UNIVERSAL AND BIOLOGICALLY SPECIFIC’ TECHNOLOGY, presentation by Dr. Maggie Monteverde.
- THERE’S NOT AN APP FOR THAT: WELLNESS, WRITING AND WALKING IN THE DIGITAL AGE, co-presentation including Dr. Bonnie Smith Whitehouse.
- PRACTICING RESURRECTION: WENDELL BERRY, THE HUMANITIES AND THE PROBLEMATICS OF ELECTRIC WIRE AND SCREENS, presentation by Dr. Annette Sisson.
- DIGITAL COMPOSING WORKSHOP, conducted by Dr. Joel Overall.
- 2015 SANDRA HUTCHINS HUMANITIES SYMPOSIUM WRITING COMPETITION READING AND CELEBRATION OF WINNING ENTRIES, moderated by Dr. Gary McDowell and Dr. Susan Finch.
- SYMPOSIUM WRAP-UP: REFLECTING ON TECHNOLOGY AND THE HUMANITIES, moderated by Dr. David Curtis and Dr. Maggie Monteverde.
English Majors Interview Shakespeare Acting Company
Students in Dr. Marcia McDonald’s Shakespeare class interviewed the cast and crew of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival‘s Comedy of Errors on Thursday, September 23rd. The interviews were conducted as part of a project to create an online archive of local Shakespeare productions. Dr. Joel Overall and MA in English graduate student Alyssa Wynans assisted the students during the interviews. The archive will be housed by Belmont University’s library and is funded by a grant from the Folger Shakespeare Library in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Graduate Students Present at Humanities Symposium
Alyssa Wynans, Hannah McIntosh, Aleksandra Kojadinovic, and Grace Miller presented on the evolution of technology in the humanities at the Belmont University Humanities Symposium. Their papers covered the relationship between technologies and humans in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from online Shakespeare fanfiction to the impact of media and technological devices on self-image and relationships.
Dr. Susan Finch and Dr. Gary McDowell from the Belmont English Department will participate in Austin Peay State University’s Zone 3 Reading Series this fall. Finch will contribute to an October 15 panel as part of the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville (11:30 a.m. in NPL Conference Room 2). McDowell will read from his work in Clarkesville at a November 4 event connected to the series (4 p.m. in the Franklin Room of F&M Bank).