2018 Annual Meeting Program

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Please note that all events take place in Nau Hall unless otherwise noted. Last updated: May 29, 2018.

JUMP TO: Wednesday, June 13 | Thursday, June 14 | Friday, June 15 | Saturday, June 16 | Sunday, June 17 | Ongoing Exhibits

Wednesday, June 13

  • 8:30 am - 5:00pm | Registration (Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room, 3rd Floor)
  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Concurrent CHCI Network Meetings (Newcomb Hall, 3rd Floor)
    These meetings are designed for CHCI members to network and share information and resources around research interests or professional development. These meetings are free for registrants—including lunch and coffee—but an RSVP is strongly requested by filling out this form. More details and full schedules for these meetings are forthcoming. Other groups and networks—including those wishing to form new networks—can use the time and space allotted in our lunch breaks on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

    • Associate Directors (9:00am - 5:15pm, room 389 [details])
    • Public Humanities (9:00am - 4:45pm, room 374 [details])
    • Medical Humanities (11:00am - 3:00pm, room 376 [details])

Thursday, June 14

All events take place in Nau Hall 101 unless otherwise noted.

  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Registration
  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am | Coffee Service
  • 9:30 am – 11:00 am | New Directors Meeting
    • Simon Goldhill
      Director, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge
    • Kerill O'Neill
      Director, Colby College Center for the Arts and Humanities
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | CHCI Business Meeting
    • Sara Guyer
      President, CHCI
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Updates on CHCI Mellon Projects
    • Jean Allman
      Washington University in St. Louis Center for the Humanities, United States
    • Amanda Anderson
      Cogut Institute for the Humanities, United States
    • Pastory Bushozi
      University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    • Assane Cassimo
      Teatro em Casa, Mozambique
    • James Chandler
      Franke Institute for the Humanities, United States
    • Andrés Claró
      Universidad de Chile, Chile
    • Euclides Goncalves
      Kaleidoscopio, Mozambique
    • Achille Mbembe
      Ateliers de la pensée, Senegal
    • Juan Obarrio
      Programa Sur Global, Argentina
    • Joseph Oduro-Frimpong
      Center for African Popular Cultures Studies, Ghana
    • Jane Ohlmeyer
      Trinity Long Room Hub, Ireland
    • Tirso Sitoe
      Bloco 4 Foundation, Mozambique
  • 3:00 pm – 3:40 pm | Coffee Break and walk to Rotunda
  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Welcome and Introduction (Rotunda Dome)
    • 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
  • 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm | Srinivas Aravamudan Memorial Lecture: Algorithmic Reason and Planetary Humanities (Rotunda Dome)
    • Achille Mbembe
      University of the Witwatersrand
    • Chair: Ian Baucom
      Buckner W. Clay Dean of Arts & Sciences, University of Virginia
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Dance and Musical Performance and Opening Reception (Old Cabell Hall)
    • Ice Cycle, choreographed by Jody Sperling with music by Matthew Burtner

Friday, June 15

All events take place in Nau Hall 101 unless otherwise noted.

  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Registration
  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am | Coffee Service
  • 9:30 am – 10:45 am | Plenary Lecture: The Psychic Life of Digital Media
    • Lydia Liu
      Columbia University
    • Chair: James Chandler
      Director, Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago
  • 10:45 am – 11:15 am | Coffee Break
  • 11:15 am – 12:45 pm | 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
  • 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm | Lunch and Discussion Groups (Newcomb Hall Ballroom)
  • 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm | 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
  • 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm | Plenary Lecture: Critical Data Studies, or How to Desegregate Networks
    • Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
      Brown University
    • Chair: Kathleen Woodward
      Director, Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington
  • 6:45 pm | Bus Departs for Members’ Dinner (Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard)
    • Departure point 1: West side of 12th Street NW at the intersection with West Main Street (between the Courtyard Marriott and Stacey Hall, 1105 West Main Street)
    • Departure point 2: Omni Charlottesville, south entrance on West Main Street
    • Buses will return downtown at 9:30, 9:45, and 10:00pm. All buses will return to both drop-off points

Saturday, June 16

All events take place in Nau Hall 101 unless otherwise noted.

  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Registration
  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am | Coffee Service
  • 9:30 am – 11:00 am | 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
  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am | Coffee Break
  • 11:30 am – 12:45 pm | Plenary Lecture: What Should Humanists Think About in the Age of the Algorithm?
    • Michael Witmore
      Folger Shakespeare Library
    • Chair: Jessica Berman
      Director, Dresher Center for the Humanities, UMBC
  • 12:45 pm – 2:30 pm | Lunch and Discussion Groups (Newcomb Hall Ballroom)
  • 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm | 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
  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Coffee Break
  • 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm | 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
  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Closing Reception (Nau Hall lobby and courtyard)

Sunday, June 17

  • 9:00 am | Buses depart for tours
  • 9:20 am - 12:00 pm | Concurrent site visits click here to learn more ($35 fee):
    • Monticello
    • University of Virginia and Charlottesville

Ongoing Exhibits