University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

CHCI 2018: Humanities Informatics

Thursday June 14, 2018


Welcome and Introduction: Sara Guyer (President, CHCI), Debjani Ganguly (Director, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures), Ian Baucom (Buckner W. Clay Dean of Arts & Sciences, University of Virginia)

Srinivas Aravamudan Memorial Lecture: "Algorithmic Reason and Planetary Humanities" | Achille Mbembe, University of the Witwatersrand

Friday June 15, 2018


Plenary Lecture: "The Psychic Life of Digital Media" | Lydia Liu, Columbia University


Art, Desire and Techno-Entanglements

"From the Pleasure Principle to the Technological Drive"
Renate Ferro, Cornell University

"Sonic Physiographies of a Time-Stretched Glacier"
Matthew Burtner, University of Virginia

Respondent: Anjali Prabhu Director, Suzy Newhouse Center, Wellesley College

Chair: Judith Buchanan Director, Humanities Research Centre, York University


Experimental Humanities: Humanities Labs

"Algorithmic Abduction: Robots for Alien Reading" 
James Evans, Director, Knowledge Lab, University of Chicago

"‘Data is a Medium’ and other Discoveries from the Laboratory" 
Nicole Coleman, Research Director, Humanities + Design Lab, Stanford University

"Humanities Informatics: Lab as Imagined Community"
Jack Chen and Camilla Fojas, Humanities Informatics Lab, University of Virginia

Chair and Moderator: Eric Hayot Director, Center for Humanities and Information, Penn State University


Plenary Lecture: "Critical Data Studies, or How to Desegregate Networks" | Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Brown University


Saturday June 16, 2018


Epistemic Accelerations and Algorithmic Cultures

"Cultures of Dehumanization: Drone Warfare, Drone Art, and the Limits of Algorithmic Identification"
Jennifer Rhee, Virginia Commonwealth University

"On the Opacity of Knowledge: Machine-Human Learning"
Chad Wellmon, University of Virginia

Chair: Gary Tomlinson Director, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University


Plenary Lecture: "What Should Humanists Think About in the Age of the Algorithm?" | Michael Witmore, Folger Shakespeare Library


Information Wars, Impossible Democracies

"Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy"
Siva Vaidhyanathan, University of Virginia

"Truth Shaping: Understanding the Role of ‘Suggestions’ in Reliable Information Surfacing and Exposure"
Jonathan Albright, Columbia University

Respondent: Thomas Keenan Director, Human Rights Project, Bard College

Chair: Amanda Anderson Director, Cogut Institute for the Humanities, Brown University


Panel on #Charlottesville August 11 & 12

Deborah McDowell
Director, Carter Woodson Institute of African and African American Studies, University of Virginia

Louis Nelson
School of Architecture and Vice Provost for Academic Outreach, University of Virginia

Chair: Michael Bérubé Penn State University