Keynote Address

“Challenging the Academy:

The Future of the Humanities in a 21st Century Digital World”

Dr. Jennifer Guiliano

Assistant Professor of History, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

“Challenging the Academy” explores the ways in which digital humanities and its associated research projects have challenged the often-overlapping, but frequently problematic, technical and social architectures of the academy. Drawing examples from previous and ongoing digital research, this talk will explore how issues of access, labor, privilege, and authority can be used to disrupt the technical, social, and cultural axises within which academics do their research. And, importantly, we’ll explore how complicity in the systems of labor around academic production and promotion have failed to confront the transformative potential of underlying humanities questions, methods, and theories.


Jennifer%20GuilianoJennifer Guiliano is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She has served as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant and Program Manager at the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (2008-2010) and as Associate Director of the Center for Digital Humanities (2010-2011) and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of South Carolina. She most recently held a position as Assistant Director at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland where she also served as an adjunct instructor in the Department of History and the Digital Cultures program in the Honor’s College. Dr. Guiliano currently serves on the Association for Computing in the Humanities (ACH) Executive Council (2013-2016), as co-director with Trevor Muñoz of the Humanities Intensive Teaching + Learning Initiative (HILT), and as co-author with Simon Appleford of, a resource for digital humanities project development, and Getting Started in Digital Humanities (forthcoming, Wiley & Sons, 2016). She is also author of Indian Spectacle: College Mascots and the Anxiety of Modern America (Rutgers University Press, March 2015).