Does big data call for “big humanities”? What are the intellectual potentialities opened up by the exponential rise in information? (How) is a user the same as a reader? If numbers don’t tell “the whole story,” how are scholars and practitioners outside the STEM fields making meaning from them? What are the limits of metrics and the challenges of biometrics, aesthetically conceived? How do the materialities of race, labor, sexuality and justice figure into considerations of what big data looks like and the work it does in the world? How do “traditional” humanities and arts engage born-digital material? How should they? Is a “one culture” model the best way to imagine the current research landscape? What are some alternatives?


Gordon Hutner, English
Kevin Hamilton, Art + Design
Ted Underwood, Information Sciences and English
John Randolph, History
Donna Cox, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Ruby Mendenhall, Sociology, African American Studies, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Ben Grosser, Art + Design
Scott Althaus, Political Science
Anita Say Chan, Media and Cinema Studies

Sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Offices of the Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Research, NCSA, and the Trowbridge Initiative in American Culture.