Recent Meeting // Brett Bobley, Director of Digital Humanities @ NEH // Wednesday, February 13, 2012, 5-7 PM


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For the next meeting of the Modernities Working Group, we welcome to Georgetown Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Director of the NEH’s Digital Humanities Office.  Mr. Bobley will share digital work in the humanities recently funded by the NEH; in an open roundtable format, he will also address the broader question of the place of Digital Humanities in what journalistic rhetoric now calls, in ominous tones, “the future of the humanities.”

The Future Digital?  A Conversation with Brett Bobley, Director of Digital Humanities @ NEH

Wednesday, February 13, 5-7 PM

Murray Room, 5th Floor Lauinger Library, Georgetown University 

Brett Bobley is the Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also serves as the Director of the Office of Digital Humanities. Mr. Bobley has a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago and an M.S. in computer science from the Johns Hopkins University. In 2006 Brett received a Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council Leadership Award from the Office of Management and Budget. In 2007 he received a Presidential Rank Award from the President of the United States in recognition of his exceptional long-term accomplishments, such as cofounding the federal government’s Small Agency CIO Council and establishing the NEH Office of Digital Humanities.

READINGS for the meeting, suggested by Mr. Bobley, are available through the links below.  Please note that these are optional; you need not have read them to attend the discussion.

1. Matt KirschenbaumDigital Humanities As/Is a Tactical Term

 2.  Stephen Ramsay, The Hot Thing

3.  Melissa Terras, Present Not Voting

4.  Bethany Nowviskie, Resistance in the Materials

ALL ARE WELCOME.  Please email Brian Hochman and Nathan Hensley with questions, or to be added to the MWG mailing list.

A poster for the event is available here: BobleyFlyer

 

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Recent Meeting // November 28, 5-7 pm // Jessica Berman, UMBC


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The next meeting of the Modernities Working Group will feature work in progress from:

 Jessica Berman (UMBC)

“Is the Trans in Transnational the Trans in Transgender?” 

Wednesday, November 28, 5-7 pm.

Lannan Center, New North 408

Jessica Berman is Professor of English and Affiliate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and Language, Literacy and Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  She also co-edits, with Paul Saint-Amour, the Modernist Latitudes Series at Columbia University Press, and serves on the boards of the American Comparative Literature Association and the Modernist Studies Association.  Her most recent book is Modernist Commitments: Ethics, Politics, and Transnational Modernism (Columbia UP, 2011).

ALL ARE WELCOME.  Please email Brian Hochman and Nathan Hensley with questions and to receive professor Berman’s essay in advance of the discussion.

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First Meeting: Wednesday, October 17 – 5:00-6:30 PM


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We are pleased to announce that the first meeting of the Modernities Working Group is now scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 5:00-6:30 PM, in the Lannan Center seminar room (New North 408).  By popular demand, the discussion readings will include selections from Jeffrey J. Williams and Heather Steffen’s new collection The Critical Pulse: Thirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics (Columbia University Press, 2012).

You can access the readings in PDF format by clicking the link below:

The Critical Pulse

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Modernities Working Group: Invitation to Participate


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We are happy to announce a newly-formed entity housed in Georgetown University’s English department, the Modernities Working Group.

We’ve imagined the Modernities Working Group as a flexible collective of people whose work and interests engage with “modernity” broadly construed: not bounded by region, language, or national framework, and running roughly from the 18th century to the present.  The format of the group will vary: one meeting might take the form of a reading group, while another might be a discussion of a members’ work in progress; still others would involve external speakers sharing work on campus.

 In short, we imagine a group where particular archives and interests can crystallize around macro-level questions, with special focus on methodologies and models for humanistic inquiry in the contemporary moment. The group will be interdisciplinary, but housed in the English Department; participants from other fields are most welcome.

Please email us (nh283@georgetown.edu / bh296@georgetown.edu) if you might be interested participating.  Once we have a list of interested colleagues, we can set up a Google document and arrange an initial meeting.  Note that an expression of interest now doesn’t commit you to anything.  And again, all are welcome.

We’re looking forward to what we think will be an exciting new venue for collaborative thinking across units at Georgetown.  Thanks for considering the invitation to participate, and please let us know of any questions.

With best wishes,

Nathan Hensley
Assistant Professor of English
Brian Hochman
Assistant Professor of English
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