Conference Schedule

Evening Plenary, 7:30 p.m.
Room 300, Levis Faculty Center (919 W. Illinois St., Urbana)

Welcome: Provost Andreas Cangellaris

Introduction and Q&A: Antoinette Burton, IPRH

“The Future of the Public University in the Age of Big Data”

  1. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English, Michigan State University
  2. Trevor Muñoz, Interim Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities and Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research at the U of Maryland Libraries, U of Maryland
  3. Lisa Nakamura, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Cultures, U of Michigan

Moderator: Lisa Lee, Art History, University of Illinois-Chicago

Panel Sessions, 8:45 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
IPRH Lecture Hall,  Levis Faculty Center (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana)

8:45 a.m.:  Welcome

9:00 a.m.: The Art and Design of Data Knowledge
Moderator and Q&A: Kevin Hamilton, School of Art + Design (Illinois)

Catherine D’Ignazio/kanarinka, Assistant Professor of Civic Media and Data Visualization at Emerson College, (and a Faculty Director at the Engagement Lab and a research affiliate at the MIT Center for Civic Media & MIT Media Lab) — Data Feminism 

Erik Loyer, Creative Director of The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture and Founder and Director of Opertoon — What You See Is Not What You Get: The Virtues of Delaying Design

Respondent: Nekita Thomas, School of Art + Design (Illinois)

10:30 a.m.:  Along and Against the Algorithmic Grain
Moderator and Q&A: Antoinette Burton, History and IPRH

Matthew Jones, Professor of Contemporary Civilization, Columbia University —  Learning to Love Black Boxes: From AI to Machine Learning and Back Again

Safiya Noble, Assistant Professor, School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California — A Social Framework for Understanding Algorithmic-Determination

Respondent: Ned O’Gorman, Communication (Illinois)

Lunch Break

1:30 p.m.:  The Political and Economic Lives of Big Data
Moderator and Q&A: Anita Say Chan, Media and Cinema Studies (Illinois)

Liz Losh, Associate Professor of English and American Studies, William and Mary — #

Virginia Eubanks, Associate Professor of Political Science, University at Albany, SUNY  — Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

Respondent: Karrie Kalahalios, Computer Science (Illinois)

3:00 p.m.:  The Place of Data in Humanistic Inquiry
Moderator and Q&A: Ted Underwood, English and the School of Information Sciences (Illinois)

Richard So, Assistant Professor of English and Cultural Analytics, McGill University —  The Geometry of Whiteness: Bridging the Gap between Critical Race Studies and Cultural Analytics

Jo Guldi, Assistant Professor of History, Southern Methodist University — From Critical Thinking to Critical Search: Working between microhistory and macrohistory with big data

Respondent: Clare Crowston, History (Illinois)

4:30 p.m.:  Round Up:  Big Data @Home: Histories for the Present and the Future
Moderator: Kevin Hamilton, School of Art + Design (Illinois)