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DH Panels at ASEEES

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    Seth Bernstein

    Dear Digital Humanities Community,

    The Slavic-DH interest group has compiled a list of panels that may be of interest to you. Please see below. Additionally, please come to our business meeting:
    Sat, November 11, 10:00 to 11:45am, Marriott Downtown Chicago, 4th, Halsted

    We plan to meet for drinks on that night (Saturday) at 7pm, with location TBD. Hope to see you there!

    ASEEES 2017 DH-related panels



    New Forms in Digital Storytelling

    Thu, November 9, 1:00 to 2:45pm, Marriott Downtown Chicago, 10th, O\’Hare

    New Forms in Digital Storytelling explores the latest tendencies in computer-mediated storytelling that include cross-platform projects, narrative VR, multi-POV, collaborative platforms, and various forms of immersive/ interactive storytelling. Among the topics discussed are mechanisms of creating a version of Belarusian “non-Soviet” history on the internet, the use of digital communication technologies in travelers’ online community, the emergence of native Russian VR projects, as well as new tendencies in digital collaborative filmmaking.

    Chair: Daria Shembel, San Diego State


    Internet Poetry and Online Communities

    Thu, November 9, 3:00 to 4:45pm, Marriott Downtown Chicago, 10th, O\’Hare

    The Internet has transformed the contemporary literary landscape. Online criticism, social media, and portals like have opened the poetic world to new voices, new audience formations, and new aesthetic forms and practices. This round table examines the phenomenon of internet poetry as a specific subset within the poetic world, which is characterized by its own fluid set of norms and practices, its own audience expectations, and even its own linguistic and lyrical standards. By examining online poetry from sociological, poetic, and cultural standpoints, the panelists will engage in a serious conversation about what this popular form of literary production can tell us about contemporary Russia, its poetics, and the changing modes of cultural production more broadly.

    Chair: Ellen Rutten, U of Amsterdam


    Collaborative Digital Initiatives Across the U.S.

    Thu, November 9, 5:00 to 6:45pm, Marriott Downtown Chicago, 10th, O\’Hare

    This roundtable will build on work discussed during the successful digital humanities stream at the 2016 ASEEES Convention. These five projects seek to connect scholars, students, and community members with undiscovered resources. We hypothesize that such digital initiatives transgress borders in three ways. First, the virtual crossing of physical borders allows scholars to form networks and connections where they may not have otherwise existed. Second, collaborative scholarship requires trtansgression of traditionally unspoken borders between faculty and staff, professors and librarians, and senior scholars and junior scholars, all of whom will participate on this roundtable. Third, the Internet allows and even promotes transgression not only of academic borders that would have certain resources remain hidden away, but also of current cultural borders dividing the U.S. from Russia in a somewhat fraught political climate.

    Chair: Edith Clowes, U Va


    Gulag Studies 1: New Sources and Approaches

    Thu, November 9, 5:00 to 6:45pm, Marriott Downtown Chicago, 4th, Addison

    The field of Gulag Studies was fundamentally transformed more than 25 years ago with the partial opening of the Soviet archives. Since then, many academic studies have been based primarily on state-produced sources. This panel features papers that rethink the kinds of non-state sources that scholars can use, and even more importantly, how such sources can be analyzed, using both \”traditional\” and digital approaches.

    Chair: Wilson Tharpa Bell, Thompson Rivers U




    Tolstoy and Technology

    Fri, November 10, 8:00 to 9:45am, Marriott Downtown Chicago, 6th, Wisconsin

    Tolstoy often resisted and disparaged technology as dehumanizing, coercive, and reductive. Yet at the same time he was on some level fascinated—even seduced—by it. His fiction from War and Peace on is full of machine metaphors and imagery, and over the course of his life he tinkered with various small-scale technologies (cameras, dictaphones, etc.) in private. By illuminating Tolstoy\’s engagement with technology and technology\’s engagement with Tolstoy, we hope to open up a broader conversation about the many ways in which Tolstoy\’s ideas and contradictions resonate with our hyper-technologized, twenty-first century selves.

    Chair: Valeria Sobol, UIUC

    Slavic Digital Poetry

    Fri, November 10, 8:00 to 9:45am, Marriott Downtown Chicago, 10th, O\’Hare

    Digital poetry is a literary genre that incorporates the use of computers and digital technologies. A panel format for this topic is justified because it will allow us to focus on the broad aspects of digital poetry, especially across national literatures. A roundtable format would generate a structured discussion about a uniqueness and of sharing moments of Slavic digital poetry. Our goal is to bring interdisciplinary specialists to the roundtable (including from the fields of visual arts, performance arts and computational poetics) in order to discuss current trends and identify collaborative projects.

    Chair: Petr Plechac, Institute of Czech Literature, CAS

    Collaborative Projects in Digital Humanities: Lessons from \’Proud and Torn\’  (, an Online Interactive Timeline

    Fri, November 10, 10:00 to 11:45am, Marriott Downtown Chicago, 10th, O\’Hare

    This Roundtable discussion brings together key historians, media scholars, designers, web developers, and animators who have shaped the groundbreaking interactive timeline narrative, “Proud and Torn: How my family survived Hungarian history.” Four years in the making, this project is the most ambitious historical narrative adapted to the web, and it is setting new standards for what is possible through historical texts in terms of visualization and the reinterpretation of history. The roundtable will focus on advice for success in collaborative, interdisciplinary, digital projects, on the project’s specific interventions in Eastern European history, and on the relationship between family history and broader historical narratives.

    Chair: Bettina Fabos, U Northern Iowa


    (Digital) Manuscripts Don\’t Burn: Archiving the Post-socialist 1990s

    Fri, November 10, 10:00 to 11:45am, Marriott Downtown Chicago, 6th, Indiana

    The era of whirlwind political reversals, economic turbulence, and cultural polyphony that characterized the post-socialist 1990s has given way to nominally stable \”managed democracy\” in Russia and several other Eastern European states. Numerous media artifacts of the period remain, but Russian political developments since 2000 have threatened to distort a full account of the first post-Soviet decade. This interdisciplinary roundtable will focus on theorizing post-Soviet mass media\’s institutional memory of the 1990s. Central questions include: what media objects (videos, web 1.0 sites, TV and radio programs, etc) have been erased or preserved, by whom, and to what effect? How has manipulation of digital media been affected by digitization practices? To what degree should post-Soviet developments beyond Russia\’s borders influence our archive of the Russian 1990s? If we were to hypothetically construct our own archive of the Russian 1990s, what would it include and why?

    Chair: Pavel Khazanov, European University Institute (Italy)


    Procedural Transgression: The Emancipatory Potential or Failure of Ludic Media

    Fri, November 10, 1:45 to 3:30pm, Marriott Downtown Chicago, 10th, O\’Hare

    The panel investigates the transgressive and emancipatory potential of digital and ludic media in contemporary Russian and East European culture, as well as in digital representations of Russia and Eastern Europe. The panelists examine recent computer games, and other ludic media, questioning if such games allow for greater participatory agency and transgressive meaning-making, or if they reinforce dominant parochial regimes by substituting interactivity for agency.

    Chair: Andrew Behrendt, U Pittsburgh


    Lightning Round: Digital Project Spotlight

    Fri, November 10, 3:45 to 5:30pm, Marriott Downtown Chicago, 10th, O\’Hare

    • This lightning round spotlights current digital projects in diverse fields.
    • Online-Plattform \’Polish-Studies.Interdisciplinary\’ Scholarly Information and International Communication
    • Soviet Journals Reconnected: Periodicals and Their Networks under Late Socialism
    • The Texas Czech Legacy Project
    • Extracting the Karta from Katorga i Ssylka: Mapping Punishment in Pre-Revolutionary Russia
    • Deep Learning for Humanists
    • Photoarcheology: Soviet Everyday Life in Photographs and Artefacts
    • Digital Scholarship at the Library of Congress
    • Clouds, Rivers, and Mountains of Knowledge: Visualizing the History of Knowledge in Large Historical Datasets

    Chair: Jessie Labov, Central European University




    Computational Poetics: Digital Approaches to the Analysis of Poetic Texts

    Sat, November 11, 8:00 to 9:45am, Marriott Downtown Chicago, 10th, O\’Hare

    This panel explores current trends in the quantitative study of verse and poetics. Panelists will present research projects dealing with the computer-based analysis of large text corpora, in particular they will focus on (1) detailed analysis of inexact rhyme, (2) possibilities of the use of rhythm and rhyme characteristics for the purpose of the authorship attribution, and (3) the possibilities of the use of methods designed primarily for the authorship attribution within the greater framework of a general analysis of literary style.

    Chair: Piotr Axer, Brown U


    Research Initiative on the Democratic Reform of Ukraine (RIDRU) – Developing a Collaborative International and Interdisciplinary Digital Community of Practice
    Sat, November 11, 10:00 to 11:45am, Marriott Downtown Chicago, 10th, O\’Hare
    Since 2014 researchers at the University of Alberta have been experimenting with digital communication to develop international collaborative research teams and expand capacity in the area of Ukrainian studies. Beginning with a rapid response research project researchers from 11 universities in six countries explored the linguistic, cultural and political transformations that arose both on and following “Maidan”. Speakers at the proposed roundtable will present the scope of the 2015 to 2017 RIDRU project and summarize key research findings of participants in the three clusters of reforms: the rule of law; linguistic, cultural and literary movements; and higher education developments and reforms. Each cluster involves researchers from several countries, and has held invited talks, conferences and symposia at which dozens of speakers from around the world have presented research results. The RIDRU project has paid special attention to involving younger scholars and has communicated largely through digital sources. Speakers will comment on what has worked well and how best to incorporate contemporary technology to build and sustain communities of practice.
    Chair: Olenka Bilash, U Alberta





    Lightning Round: Teaching in the Digital Age: Techniques and Technology in the Classroom

    Sunday, 10:00-11:45 Marriott Downtown Chicago 10th O\’Hare

    Technology is changing how teachers interact with their students. In this panel, instructors from various teaching environments and disciplines in Slavic and Eurasian studies will share digital techniques that they have used in the classroom or plan to use.

    • Visualizing the Past
    • Digital Media in the Classroom
    • Teaching Fundamentals through Technology
    • Digital Information Literacy in the Classroom
    • Other Ways of Doing History: Undergraduate Coding Projects and Digital Assessments
    • Computer Modeling and Simulation Games for the Soviet History Classroom
    • Storymaps as a Teaching Tool

    Chair: Krista Goff, U Miami/Kennan Institute


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