CHAT Digital Humanities Lectures at Temple University

From the Center for Humanities at Temple:

The Center for Humanities at Temple has announced its program schedule for this academic year.

Digital Humanities in Theory is a series of lectures featuring innovative thinkers in the Digital Humanities today.

Jeffrey Schnapp, Harvard: Teaching (design) Thinking

Tuesday, November 6, 4:00-5:30 pm, CHAT Lounge

What happens to humanistic scholarship in the print-plus or post-print era? What does it mean to envisage a world where the form that scholarly knowledge assumes is no longer a given and every work of scholarship is engaged in imagining and codifying new genres of scholarly communication? This talk will address these questions from the perspective of recent experiences and experiments at metaLAB (at) Harvard.

Alex Galloway, NYU: The Unworkable Interface

Tuesday, November 13, 4:00-5:30 pm, CHAT Lounge

Interfaces are back, or perhaps they never left. The familiar Socratic conceit from the “Phaedrus” of communication as the process of writing directly on the soul of the other has, since the 1980s and ‘90s, returned to center stage in the discourse around culture and media. Windows, doors, airport gates and other thresholds are those transparent devices that achieve more the less they do: for every moment of virtuosic immersion and connectivity, for every moment of inopacity, the threshold becomes one notch more invisible, one notch more inoperable. This lecture examines the interface, what Gérard Genette called a “zone of indecision” between the inside and outside of media. What is a computer interface and how does it structure interaction, work, and play?

John Palfrey, Harvard

Wednesday, February 6, 4:00-5:30 pm , CHAT Lounge

John Palfrey chairs the steering committee of the Digital Public Library of America. In his invitational lecture, he will describe the ambitious, public-spirited effort to establish a national digital library in the United States. The DPLA brings together thousands of people from diverse backgrounds who share a vision of an enduring national resource where all Americans can access our cultural heritage resources, free to all.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Pamona College

Thursday, March 7, 4:00-5:30 pm, CHAT Lounge

Digital technologies have rapidly changed the landscape of scholarly publishing, and they’ve equally changed the ways that scholars themselves engage with their work. This talk explores a few of those changes as they have begun to affect the humanities, including the new roles being played by scholarly societies in today’s communication environment.

William Noel, University of Pennsylvania:Free and Easy: The Appearance of Truly Useful Cultural Heritage Data

Thursday, April 25, 4:00-5:30 pm, CHAT Lounge

CHAT is also offering Distinguished Faculty Lectures featuring eleven dynamic scholars in the Humanities field.  Upcoming lectures include:

Therese Dolan, Art History: Facing the Music: Manet and Wagner

Thursday, September 13, 12:30-1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

Manet was most familiar with Wagner’s short story “A Happy Evening” and his 1860 manifesto Lettre sur la musique. Both these work circulated in Paris and were discussed by numerous critics at the time Manet began his Music in the Tuileries. These writings distilled Wagner’s aesthetic principles from the Zurich essays and were written and published in French. Wagner articulated his arguments about the superiority of music over painting and literature in these essays. By situating his painting in the same setting that Wagner chose for his story — a Parisian park with people listening to an outdoor concert — Manet could confront Wagner’s ideas with his brush.

Sherrill Dodds, Dance: ‘Naughty but Nice’: Re-Articulations of Value in Neo-Burlesque Striptease Thursday, September 27, 12:30-1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

Neo-burlesque striptease re-maps the striptease body in two ways. First, it offers its performers and audiences opportunities for agency, empowerment and inclusivity in the design of acts, the wide spectrum of body types celebrated, and the easy access to classes, workshops and competition events. Second, is the notion of ‘tease’, used in its dual sense: to incite erotic feeling while refusing to satisfy the desire aroused; and to make fun of or provoke someone through jest. Through critical performance strategies, performers tease, make fun of, provoke and satirise themselves, the audience, and the tradition of women undressing as erotic spectacle.

The full schedule is available at: