Classroom Locations

  • Maps for Humanities: 240 Sutardja Dai

  • Computational Text Analysis: 242 Sutardja Dai

  • Structuring and Annotating Data Archives for Analysis: 250 Sutardja Dai

  • Data Workflows and Network Analysis: 254 Sutardja Dai

 

Monday, August 14

Time and Location

Event

8:30 AM - 9 AM

Sutardja Dai Hall

Light breakfast provided

9 AM - 11 AM

Sutardja Dai Classrooms

Class

12 PM - 1 PM

2nd floor lobby Sutardja Dai Hall

Lunch provided

1 PM - 2 PM

250 Sutardja Dai Hall

Chris Hoffman, Quinn Dombrowski - Research IT "Partnering with Research IT"

Research IT supports scholars across all academic division on campus, and has a particularly long track record working with researchers in the humanities. This talk will highlight how Research IT's Berkeley Research Computing and Research Data Management services have contributed to digital humanities projects at Berkeley. Examples will include optical character recognition (OCR), photogrammetry/3D modeling, and GIS.

2 PM - 4 PM

Sutardja Dai Classrooms

Class

5 PM - 7 PM

Academic Innovation Studio 117 Dwinelle Hall

Keynote Address: Richard So, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago & respondent Tom McEnaney, Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature and Spanish & Portuguese, University of California, Berkeley "Race and Distant Reading: Towards a New History of the Post-war US Novel"

A major lacunae in current work in computational cultural criticism and "distant reading" (Moretti, Jockers, Underwood, etc) is an attention paid to race, racial difference, and racial discourse. Several reasons exist: the lack of adequate textual corpora that represent minority racial cultural production; the lack of text-mining methods that adequately parse the particularities of racialized language and racial form. In this paper, I describe attempts to build corpora and computational methods that meet these current deficiencies in digital humanist work. And I describe efforts to put such corpora and methods to work to sketch out a new history of the post-war US novel and race. The major argument of this talk is that a reflexive and critical approach to computation through the lens of Critical Race Studies can produce not only useful racial critiques of technology, but also, new methods that can help to generate new histories of race and culture.

Food and drink provided at reception afterward

Tuesday, August 15

Time and Location

Event

8:30 AM - 9 AM

Sutardja Dai Hall

Light breakfast provided

9 AM - 11 AM

Sutardja Dai Classrooms

Class

11:00 AM - 12 PM

250 Sutardja Dai Hall

Stacy Reardon, Literatures and Digital Humanities Librarian, Cody Hennesy, E-Learning and Information Studies Librarian "Finding the Haystack: Corpora for Large-Scale Analysis"

Where and how can researchers access large collections of text for computational analysis? This session will outline the landscape of corpora available in the public domain and as library-licensed resources. We'll discuss licensing and copyright restrictions, as well as common modes of access and non-consumptive research tools provided by the HathiTrust Research Center, JSTOR, and more.

12 PM - 1 PM

2nd floor Sutardja Dai Hall

Lunch Provided

1 PM - 2 PM

250 Sutardja Dai Hall

Cody Hennesy, E-Learning and Information Studies Librarian, Chris Hench, PhD Candidate, Department of German, University of California Berkeley, DSEP Modules Development Team

Text Analysis of Digital Library Books using the HathiTrust Research Center:

The HathiTrust is a consortium of research libraries, and its digital library currently contains over 14 million items. The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) seeks to make this very large collection accessible for non-consumptive research via algorithmic text analysis. This session will show attendees how to explore this massive corpus using Python and Jupyter Notebooks. We will download a subset of book data and implement popular text analysis techniques. No programming knowledge required!

2 PM - 4 PM

Sutardja Dai Classrooms

Class

Wednesday, August 16

Time and Location

Event

8:30 AM - 9 AM

Sutardja Dai Hall

Light breakfast provided

9 AM - 11 AM

Sutardja Dai Classrooms

Class

11:30 AM - 12 PM

2nd floor lobby Sutardja Dai Hall

Lunch provided

12 PM - 2:30 PM

250 Sutardja Dai Hall

micha cárdenas, Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Bothell & Abigail De Kosnik Associate Professor, Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies, University of California Berkeley "The Android Goddess Manifesto"

The category of human has historically been used to dehumanize groups of people in order to justify their deaths. This talk considers the stakes of the digital humanities by centering the experience, words and ideas of formerly dehumanized groups including trans and gender non-conforming people of color. I read the forms of movement that trans people of color use to survive, made perceptible in digital media and art, as a trans of color poetics based on the operations of shifting and stiching. These operations are combined into an algorithmic form of analysis that can extend the intersectional and assemblage models. Through the figure of an android that runs on digital code but contains a yearning to be more than an object, I propose an ethics that extends beyond the limits of the human.

3 PM - 5 PM

Sutardja Dai Classrooms

Class

Thursday, August 17

Time and Location

Event

8:30 AM - 9 AM

Sutardja Dai Hall

Light breakfast provided

9 AM - 11 AM

Sutardja Dai Classrooms

Class

 

11 AM - 12 PM

2nd floor lobby Sutardja Dai Hall

Lunch provided

12 PM - 2:30 PM

250 Sutardja Dai Hall

Hubert Mara, Coordinator of the Forensic Computational Geometry Laboratory at Heidelberg University "Forensic Algorithms for 3D and 2D Handwriting and Archaeological Objects"

Motivated by the demand for analysis of damaged objects we are developing new methods for filterning triangular meshes provided by high resolution 3D-scanners. This work began with improving the readability of cuneiform tablets, which are one of the oldest and largest sources for human history used throughout four millenia before Christ. These tablets are made from clay and inscribed with a rectangular stylus leaving wedges shaped markings. Hence they are named after the Latin word cuneus. As these tablets are easily made with almost no cost, archaeologists have unearthed tremendous amounts of this wedge-shaped Script in 3D, which features the challenges known from the domain of handwritten documents. This lead to the development of filtering algorithms using Multi-Scale Integral Invariants (MSIIs), which are core methods in our Open Source based GigaMesh software framework. In a first step we compute high contrast visualizations of 3D-models of cuneiform tablets with these robust MSII filters allowing for a dramatically improved visibility of cuneiform characters. It was even possible to visualize small details like sealings and fingerprints left on the clay tablets. In a second step we compute and extract line tracings of the characters stored as Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs) files. These files are processed using a word-spotting inspired approach to make digital drawings of tablets searchable. In general we can process all other types of objects with Script in 3D. Examples will be shown for weathered medieval tombstones made from sandstone and a lead plate buried with Gisela of Swabia. An adaption of the 3D filter for digitized documents (2D) will be shown on the example of the George Washington letters dataset.

3 PM - 5 PM

Sutardja Dai Classrooms

Class

 

Friday, August 18

Time and Location

Event

8:30 AM - 9 AM

Sutardja Dai Hall

Light breakfast provided

9 AM - 11 AM

Sutardja Dai Classrooms

Class

11 AM - 12 PM

250 Sutardja Dai Hall

Professor Scott Saul, UC Berkeley, "To Be Innovative, Be Old-Fashioned: Lessons from Building 'Richard Pryor's Peoria' and 'The Berkeley Revolution'"

How can we use the power of digital media to draw audiences into the interpretative work that historians do? And how can we use the promise of digital media's reach to seduce students to dive into original historical research projects and to develop as writers? I describe the process of building two digital history projects, 'Richard Pryor's Peoria' and 'The Berkeley Revolution,' and explore the stumbling blocks that they hit and the dimensions of their success. 

12 PM - 1 PM

2nd floor lobby Sutardja Dai Hall

Lunch provided

1 PM - 2 PM

250 Sutardja Dai Hall

Afternoon Discussion: Justin Underhill, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital Humanities, University of California Berkeley

2 PM - 4 PM

250 Sutardja Dai Hall

Lightning talks - Instructors report back out on what each of the courses covered.  

5 PM - 7 PM

Academic Innovation Studio 117 Dwinelle Hall

Keynote Address: David Goldberg, Director, and Professor, University of California Humanities Research Institute "AI Go Rithm: On Algorithmic Being". In conversation with Judith Butler.

The talk will discuss whether the algorithm has an ontological character irreducible to the anthropomorphic projection usually ascribed to it. Some of the social implications of "algorithmic being" will be discussed too. 

 

Food and drink provided at reception afterward