Upcoming Events
Connecting in a Digital Age

Throughout the year we host scholars, artists, and practitioners from across the country, region, and campus. Speakers working at the cutting edge of Digital + Humanities bring a variety of perspectives, research areas, and disciplinary methods. Events are an opportunity to come together as a community and interact with experts during Q&As. They are also just fun!

The Spring 2018 semester will see a variety of great events! In addition to the below events, see the events going on in the Digital Humanities Center (LA 61).

David Ciccoricco Electronic Literature Comp. 2019DH SHowcase 2019
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Spring 2019

RTI Workshop
2/71:00 - 3:00
For the RTI workshop: Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), also known as Polynomial Texture Mapping, is a type of computational photography can be used to create a manipulative image that captures the effects of light on the topography of an object. These RTI products allow for users to move their mouse cursor around an object, which changes the light effects as if the object is being moved around. Furthermore, RTI allows for enhancement of the digital files through filters and these filters have revealed new details and information about ancient objects. RTI emerged in the early 2000's and since then has gained a wide variety of applications. Most recently, scholars have been applying this technique to the study of worn coins, manufacturing techniques on pottery, and revealing details of faded writing in medieval manuscripts. RTI files can be sent to scholars around the world, used in interactive museum exhibits, or even added as websites. For more information, check out Cultural Heritage Imaging.

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3D Animation Workshop Series
2/8 - 3/29, Fridays, 1:00 - 3:00
Learn to Create 3D Computer Generated Graphics for Animation, Video Games, and Virtual Reality
Instructed by Sam Shpigelman

The Digital Humanities at SDSU, in partnership with the School of Theatre, Television, and Film, presents the 3D Animation Workshop 8-week Series, ideal for students interested in learning to create animation, game graphics, and virtual reality. Lessons can be applied to entertainment, education, research, and more. Computers with Maya and Unity are available to use at the workshops. No prior experience or skills necessary.

Students will learn how to construct 3D computer generated models, compile basic 3D scenes inside a game engine, work with real time lights and effects, and conform game scenes and visualize them inside Virtual Reality environments.

The final project will be a basic 3D computer generated Virtual Reality scene.

Learn by creating in this guided hands-on series. Space is limited. Students must register for free here: tinyurl.com/3d-workshop-series

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Twitter Tools Workshop
2/13 1:00 - 2:30 Track: DH Tools

Twitter supplies a pipeline into what people are talking about, and how they talk about it. This workshop teaches you to search for and collect Twitter data from your browser or with just a little bit of coding. We'll look at a few case studies, including mapping American dialects and investigating subtle gender biases in text, to see how these methods can be used to investigate questions within the Digital Humanities.

Free and open to all and all skill levels!

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Twine 2.0 Workshop
2/14 1:00 - 2:30 Track: DH Tools, CW

Have you ever wondered how to build a “choose your own adventure” game? Do you like telling stories that offer variable endings and choices with consequence? Do you have little-to-no (or lots!) of experience coding?

Then come join our Twine Workshop 2.0!

Twine is an interactive storytelling medium that allows everyone to become a game-designer in just a few hours time. Our workshop, a continuation of those offered in the Fall of 2018, offers skills for new and experienced users alike, with a refresher course on the basics before getting into some of the more complicated commands.

Be sure not to miss this excellent opportunity to create your own Electronic Literature!

Free and open to all and all skill levels!

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Faculty Research Group
2/25 12:30 - 1:30
The faculty research group is a reading group of DH@SDSU that serves as the central hub for building a research community around topic and questions related to Digital Humanities. Faculty from across the colleges meet (over lunch!) to discuss readings in the field of digital humanities. In the process, we are creating a cohort of research faculty interested in exploring how traditional humanities matter in and for our digital world.

In February we are reading Tara McPherson's Feminist in a Software Lab: Design + Difference (Harvard UP, 2018). For over a dozen years, the Vectors Lab has experimented with digital scholarship through its online publication, Vectors, and through Scalar, a multimedia authoring platform. The history of this software lab intersects a much longer tale about computation in the humanities, as well as tensions about the role of theory in related projects.

Tara McPherson considers debates around the role of cultural theory within the digital humanities and addresses Gary Hall’s claim that the goals of critical theory and of quantitative or computational analysis may be irreconcilable (or at the very least require “far more time and care”). She then asks what it might mean to design—from conception—digital tools and applications that emerge from contextual concerns of cultural theory and, in particular, from a feminist concern for difference. This path leads back to the Vectors Lab and its ongoing efforts at the intersection of theory and praxis.

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House of Leaves Reading Group
3/4 1:00 - 2:00

Come discuss Mark Danielewski's seminal work House of Leaves (Pantheon 2000) before he visits SDSU on March 13. Moderated by Prof. Jessica Pressman, Department of English and Comparative Literature.

Please RSVP at tinyurl.com/mzd-reading-group
Maximum of 20 participants

Love Library (First Floor): Edward E. Marsh Golden Age Of Science Fiction Reading Room


KNIT Workshop
3/6 1:00 - 2:30
Introducing KNIT: An academic digital commons for website building, networking, teaching, and public research projects

Digital publishing and networking are increasingly important skills for the 21st century academic, enabling students and researchers to collaboratively produce and disseminate knowledge in powerful new ways. This workshop will introduce KNIT, an academic digital commons for San Diego, that provides networking, website building, discussion groups, and other digital tools for fostering academic collaboration, critical digital literacy, and public engagement. Founded at UC San Diego using the open source software Commons in a Box, KNIT currently has more than 1,700 members at UC San Diego, San Diego State University, San Diego City College, Miramar College, and Mesa College. The first half of this workshop will give an overview of exciting forms of networked research and teaching practices on KNIT and in academics more broadly and consider the ethical issues involved in using different tools. We will also discuss how KNIT is being used to foster community and public engagement across San Diego’s diverse institutions of higher education. The second half of this workshop will walk participants through building their own personal WordPress website on KNIT and also guide participants through the platform’s other digital features. The workshop will end with a discussion of additional desired features and community practices that would help strengthen our local academic communities. Participants should bring their laptop to participate in the hands-on part of the workshop.

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Mark Z. Danielewski
3/13 2:00 - 3:30
Award-winning author Mark Z. Danielewski comes to San Diego State this Spring as part of the programming for the Library's exhibit Death of the Death of the Novel: the Larry McCaffery Archive. Danielewski is the author of the bestselling novel House of Leaves, National Book Award finalist Only Revolutions, and the novella The Fifty Year Sword.

With Pantheon's release of the five volumes of The Familiar, the New York Times declared Danielewski "America's foremost literary Magus." He is the subject of many scholarly books and articles, including Joe Bray and Alison Gibbons's Mark Z. Danielewski and Sascha Pohlmann's Revolutionary Leaves: The Fiction of Mark Z. Danielewski.

His books have been translated into multiple languages.

For more information, contact Prof. Jessica Pressman: jpressman@sdsu.edu, Amanda Lanthorne alanthorne@sdsu.edu.

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Photogrammetry Workshop
3/19 1:00 - 3:00
For the photogrammetry workshop: Photogrammetry is a type of computational photography that is used to create three-dimensional models of objects. Photogrammetry is an incredibly useful technique that produces highly accurate models using standard DSLR cameras, scales, and powerful advanced software (for archival purposes, Agisoft Photoscan Pro is recommended, but there are many other more freely software options such as SketchUp or Blender). Once created, these models can be exported as movie files, 3D PDFs, or even 3D printed, which allows the models to be shared widely. At times, photogrammetry models have even been used to re-create objects that have been destroyed, such as the gate at Palmyra, or as a means of archiving objects. Many models from museums are available on sketchfab.com, such as the Rosetta Stone. These models allow viewers to interact with objects, turn them around and even upside down. For more information, check out Cultural Heritage Imaging.

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David Ciccoricco
3/21 4:00 - 5:00
“Simulation and the Posthumanities”

David Ciccoricco (Associate Professor in English and Linguistics, University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand) will speak on the tangled relationship between mental simulations and digital simulations.

Dr. Ciccoricco’s research focuses on literary and narrative theory, with an emphasis on emergent forms of digital literature as well as digital culture and posthumanism more generally. He is the author of Reading Network Fiction (2007), a book on pre-Web and Web-based digital fiction, and Refiguring Minds in Narrative Media (2015), which is focused on cognitive approaches to narrative and literary theory in print novels, digital narratives, and story-driven videogames.

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Faculty Research Group
4/15 12:30 - 1:30

Professor Amira Jarmakani (Women's Studies) will lead this discussion.

Following up on our last conversation of Tara McPherson's Feminist a Software Lab (Harvard 2018), we will discuss Queer OS using an article by Kara Keeling (Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago) titled "User's Manual" (Cinema Journal, 2014), which inspired the moniker #queeros and became the subject of an article in the recent Debates in Digital Humanities (2016).

We plan to read and discuss 1) Keeling's article, "User Manual" (PDF attached) and 2) the Debates in Digital Humanities (2016) essay inspired by it.

Please RSVP at digitalhumanities@sdsu.edu

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Knightlab Workshop
4/17 3:30-5:00 Track: DH Tools
This workshop will be hands-on tutorial with two Knightlab Visualization Tools: TimelineJS for making interactive timelines, and StoryMapJS for making interactive maps.

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DH Annual Spring Showcase + E-lit Competition
5/10 10:00 - 12:00 Track: RD
The Digital Humanities Showcase is the celebratory exhibition of digital work at SDSU. Featuring a digital poster session, wherein creators discuss their work, as well as exhibitions and demos, the DH Showcase displays the wide diversity of creative-critical digital work happening across our campus.

Digital Humanities projects related to scholarship and/or pedagogy are welcome. Projects may be stand-alone works, components of broader projects, works-in-progress still in draft form, or works created in previous semesters. They may be fully digital, or hybrid digital-analog.

Click here to submit an application.

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