DH Faire



April 11, 9:30-11 AM | 180 Doe Library 

This panel will highlight how the Library and its partners support undergraduate education in the digital humanities with presentations on the Moffitt Library’s makerspace by Jean Ferguson (Doe Library) and Owen McGrath (ETS); The Digital Sounds of Social Movement project by Keith Feldman (Ethnic Studies) and Claudia Von Vacano (Digital Humanities at Berkeley); and the Library’s Digital Literacy Initiative by Cody Hennesy (Doe Library). Mary Elings (Bancroft Library) will moderate.



April 11, 2-5 PM | The Visual Resource Center (308A Doe Library) 

This event brings together technology innovators, cultural heritage workers, and scholars in a conversation about scanning, visualization, virtual and augmented reality, and other digital tools that are changing the field of Archaeology. There will be lightning talks by Michael Ashley (Codifi), Center for Digital Archaeology, Lynn Cunningham (Berkeley Visual Resources Center), Rita Lucarelli (Berkeley Near Eastern Studies), Matt Naglak (Michigan Classical Archaeology), Ren Ng (Berkeley Computer Science), Oculus Technologies, and Justin Underhill (Digital Humanities at Berkeley), followed by a roundtable discussion and a visit to the newly re-opened Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.



April 12, 2-4 PM | The Academic Innovation Studio (Dwinelle 117) 

For this faculty panel, Marti Hearst (School of Information), Elizabeth Honig (History of Art), and Scott Saul (English) will present on lessons learned in teaching DH courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Joining as discussant will be Adam Anderson (DH Fellow, Near Eastern Studies).



April 12, 5-7 PM | Morrison Library in Doe Library 



April 13, 4-5:30 PM | The Academic Innovation Studio (Dwinelle 117) 

“Visualizing Empire in the Age of Big Data: a Distant Reading of French Imperial Conquest, 1870-1914”
Christopher M. Church, PhD,  Assistant Professor, Department of History
Co-Director, Nevada Center for Data and Design in the Digital Humanities (NDAD)
University of Nevada, Reno
Democracies have flexed their imperial muscle the world over since the onset of the nineteenth-century, when the French, and Europe more broadly, focused on empire-building as a way to achieve national glory and international security, shaping international relations into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Liberal ideology and the communication revolution have simultaneously enlarged the empires of Western democracies while serving as their most vocal critique. Consequently, it is incumbent upon scholars to investigate the historical relationship between empire and modern democracies, particularly between public policy, the press, and the populace in order to fully understand contemporary developments in these relationships.
To this end, this presentation will explain how creating interactive cartographic visualizations by text mining historical periodicals can enable scholars to analyze how cultural imagination informed political conquest. By performing “distant reading” on the popular French weekly, the Journal des Voyages, we can unearth the imperial narrative targeted not only at the reading public, but most interestingly the one endorsed for use in French schools. While visual text analysis holds great promise for gaining insights into how French newsprint portrayed colonized peoples and locales throughout the new imperial period, effective implementation requires interdisciplinary collaboration focused equally on data visualization, text analysis, machine learning, and humanities research questions. Therefore, this presentation addresses both the opportunities and challenges involved in performing a “distant reading” of historical periodicals in French, including maximizing insights from cleaned OCR data, aptly performing natural language processing on non-modern, non-English languages, and creating easy-to-use data visualizations that grapple with their source material’s inherent biases.


This event is co-sponsored by The Academic Innovation Studio, The Bancroft Library, The Computer Science Undergraduate Association, Digital Humanities at Berkeley, The Digital Humanities Working Group, The DLab, The History Department, The History of Art Department, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Organization of Graduate Students in the Digital Humanities, The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, The Townsend Center for the Humanities, The University Library, and The Visual Resources Center.


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