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2018 CHCI Annual Meeting in Charlottesville: A Look Back

As we look forward to the 2019 Annual Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, we wanted to highlight some of the events from this year's meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia (USA). Between the network meetings, plenary lectures, thematic panels, and social events, the Charlottesville meeting was a smashing success. We would like to extend our utmost appreciation to Debjani Ganguly and her team at the University of Virginia for putting together an amazing weekend in such a beautiful location. Below you will find photos from the various panels and videos of the plenary lectures from year's meeting. Videos of the thematic panels can be found on the website of the University of Virginia's Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures and more pictures can be found on the CHCI Facebook page. The full program of the 2018 Annual Meeting can be found here. We hope to see you all in Dublin!

The Rotunda at UVA; Photo Credit: Judith Buchanan

CHCI President Sara Guyer in the Rotunda welcoming members to the 2018 CHCI Annual Meeting.

Friday morning of the Annual Meeting started with a plenary lecture by Lydia H. Liu, the Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. Professor Liu's lecture was titled, "The Psychic Life of Digital Media." She is also a member of the CHCI advisory board.

Anjali Prabhu (left), Matthew Burtner (middle), Renate Ferro (right) presented a panel titled, "Art, Desire and Techno-Entanglements," chaired by Judith Buchanan (not pictured).

The Friday session ended with a plenary lecture by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, who holds the Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media at Simon Fraser University. Her lecture was titled, "Critical Data Studies, or How to Desegregate Networks."

Debjani Ganguly addressing the Members' Dinner at the Pippin Hill Farm outside Charlottesville. The Members' Dinner is an excellent opportunity to meet other center and institute directors as well as the CHCI leadership.

The Saturday sessions began with a panel titled, "Epistemic Accelerations and Algorithmic Cultures," with presentations by Jennifer Rhee (middle) and Chad Wellmon (right), chaired by Gary Tomlinson (left).

Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, presented the Saturday afternoon plenary lecture, titled, "What Should Humanists Think About in the Age of the Algorithm?"  

Amanda Anderson (right) chaired a panel titled, "Information Wars, Impossible Democracies," on Saturday, which featured papers from Jonathan Albright (second from left) and Siva Vaidhyanathan (second from right). Thomas Keenan (right) served as the respondent.

In addition to thematic panels and plenary lectures, the Annual Meeting is an opportunity for directors to provide updates on their various on-going projects. Here, Janet Ward from the OU Humanities Forum presents on the Humanities Without Walls project at the Public Humanities Network Meeting.

The Annual Meeting closed with a panel that reflected on the events surrounding the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville on August 11 and 12, 2017. This panel included presentations by Deborah McDowell (Director of the Carter Woodson Institute of African and African American Studies at UVA), Louis Nelson (School of Architecture and Vice Provost for Academic Outreach at UVA), and chaired by Michael Bérubé (Penn State University).