PGH|DH Calendar

February  2017

All Upcoming PGH|DH Events

Workshop: Understanding and Practicing Map Literacy
Starts: March 3, 2017, 1:00 pm
Ends: March 3, 2017, 3:00 pm
Location: Digital Scholarship Commons, Hillman Library, Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Description: **Part of the Spring 2017 Pitt ULS/iSchool Digital Scholarship Workshop & Lecture Series**

Presenter: Jessica Benner, Doctoral Candidate, School of Information Sciences

Everyday we interact with visualizations of space, aka maps. How we interact with a map is determined by many factors. Who made it? What is it trying to convey? Where did the underlying data come from? We ask these and more questions, often unconsciously, as we decide whether a map contains the information we seek. This workshop will begin with a brief history of the map, introduce the concept of map literacy and finish with participants interacting with a series of digital and paper maps using the information they obtained during the first part of the session.

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DH Salon with Padmini Ray Murray
Starts: March 14, 2017, 12:00 pm
Ends: March 14, 2017, 1:00 pm
Location: Visual Media Workshop, 116 Frick Fine Arts, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Description: Come and join us for a lunchtime DH Salon with Padmini Ray Murray. We will be discussing issues surrounding the Digital Humanities as it is practiced globally. Bring your lunch and your interest!
Padmini Ray Murray Talk: "Diversifying Data: Building Subversive Ontologies"
Starts: March 14, 2017, 4:00 pm
Ends: March 14, 2017, 5:30 pm
Location: 501 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Description: In a quest to understand the relevance of digital humanities in an Indian context, it is necessary to consider national narratives around the construction of the technosocial subject, which have often threatened local and culturally specific modes of being, especially in a country of such varied linguistic and regional histories. In my talk I will explore how, in contemporary India what constitutes cultural heritage is increasingly contested ground, and how the sensitive creation of new ontologies which are alert to these degrees of difference can be an effective tool of resistance and subversion.
Workshop: Maximize your research potential: learn for to identify star collaborators and research opportunities with SciVal
Starts: March 17, 2017, 1:00 pm
Ends: March 17, 2017, 3:00 pm
Location: Digital Scholarship Commons, Hillman Library, Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Description: **Part of the Spring 2017 Pitt ULS/iSchool Digital Scholarship Workshop & Lecture Series**

Presenter: Berenika Webster, Coordinator of Strategic Assessment, University Library System

Today’s research landscape is more competitive than never, with many researchers vying for resources and recognition. It is critical for early-career researchers to develop a good understanding of the landscape of their research field: current trends, leading institutions and researchers, collaboration opportunities and impact.

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to SciVal, a publication and citation analysis tool which analyses tens of millions of research publications to illustrate the current state of disciplines. Researchers will learn how to identify leaders in their field and how to find potential collaborators and research partners. Find out more about SciVal at

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Hoyt Long Talk: "Distant Reading and Modern Japanese Literature"
Starts: March 30, 2017, 3:00 pm
Ends: March 30, 2017, 4:30 pm
Location: 4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: This talk provides a brief history of quantitative and computational approaches to reading modern Japanese literature. Despite the newness of digital humanities to the field of Japanese studies, the impulse to reason about literary phenomena by way of quantification goes back at least to Natsume Soseki’s Theory of Literature (1907). The rise of new techniques of distant reading, many of which are adapted from computer science and computational linguistics, promises to take this impulse further, transforming our understanding of Japanese literary history. Yet before we dive headlong into this possible future of reading, it is essential that we situate it in relation to the past and ask about prior successes (and failures) in distant reading. To this end, I trace a genealogy of quantitative imagining starting from Soseki’s well know formula for capturing the experience of reading, through the psycholinguistic and early stylometric analyses of mid-century Japanese critics, and up to the most recent work applying natural language processing and machine learning to the study of literary style and diffusion. This genealogy will help us to think about what it means to distant read Japanese literature in this day and age; about how these new models for reading connect to previous critical paths not taken; and about the extent to which they represent something truly new and transformative.

Hoyt Long is associate professor of Japanese Literature at the University of Chicago. He is the author of On Uneven Ground: Miyazawa Kenji and the Making of Place in Modern Japan (2012), and has published extensively in the field of media history and digital humanities. Most recently, he has co-authored “Literary Pattern Recognition: Modernism Between Close Reading and Machine Learning” (Critical Inquiry, Winter 2016) and “Turbulent Flow: A Computational Model of World Literature” (Modern Language Quarterly, Fall 2016). He co-directs the Chicago Text Lab with Richard Jean So.