Graduate Student Symposium 2017

Digital Spaces: A Humanities Symposium 

The 2nd Annual Cornell Digital Humanities Graduate Student Symposium is designed to be energizing, sociable, and informal. It's an opportunity to develop networks among curious students and scholars in Central New York and around the region. 



Where & When

May 5, 2017
7th floor of Olin Library
, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Attendance is free to all. 

Registrants from outside Ithaca will receive information on parking and overnight accommodation. 


Speakers will present work and work-in-progress related to computational text analysis, mapping, pedagogy, and other digital projects. 


9:00  Coffee, light breakfast, & conversation
9:50 Panel 1
    Samuel Carter (Cornell University, Romance Studies) - "Borges as Bag of Words: Between Poetry and Prose"
    Malcolm Bare (Cornell University, English) - "Loom and Room: The Victorian Work/Place"
    Helen Davies (University of Rochester, English) - "Resurrecting the World: Multi-spectral Imaging and a Thirteenth-Century Map"

11:00 Break
11:15 Pedagogy Roundtable: Digital projects in the undergraduate classroom
    Anna Waymack (Medieval Studies, Cornell)
    Ruth Mullett (Medieval Studies, Cornell)
    Kriszta Pozsonyi (Performing and Media Arts, Cornell)
    John Wyatt Greenlee (Medieval Studies, Cornell)


12:30 Lunch
1:30 Workshop Session (See below for details)
     Digital Privacy (Eliza Bettinger)
     Text Analysis with R (Malcolm Bare)
     Digital Annotation as a Research Tool (Grace Catherine Greiner)

2:30 Break
2:45 Panel 2
     Jonathan Dickstein (University of Connecticut, English) - "How to Make Algorithms Anxious" 
     Jaime D. Ortiz Pachar (Cornell University, Natural Resources) - "Mapping the Galapagos"
     Ricardo A. Wilson, II and Ishaan Javeri (Cornell University, Africana Studies) - "Future of Blackness and the Archive"

3:45 Coffee Break

Late Afternoon / Evening

Keynote talk by Chuck Henry, president of the Council on Library and Information Resources (See below for more information.)
     Culture Under Threat: The Necessity of Digital Humanities
Small groups attend dinner at restaurants around Ithaca for more conversation and networking (See below for more information.)


Duing the workshop time period, participants will attend their choice of sessions:

Digital Privacy

In a world of commercial data collection, mass digital surveillance, and targeted attacks against writers and politically active people, building literacy around issues of digital security and privacy are more important than ever. Bring your devices and learn about the risks of everday digital life and how to start managing them.
Led by Eliza Bettinger, Digital Humanities Librarian, Cornell

Text Analysis

We will explore R and a few of its packages during this session. We’ll begin by learning how to scrape and tidy a corpus of text files from the R console and then perform Sentiment Analysis on those files using Syuzhet. You’re encouraged to bring your device and try yourself, but also welcome to just follow along.
Led by Malcolm Bare, Ph.D. Student, Dept. of English, Cornell

Digital Annotation as a Research Tool

The age-old practices of annotation and close reading are undergoing a digital transformation.  Digital annotation tools now abound and have created new platforms for scholarly research and collaboration and increased opportunities for engaged student readership.  In this workshop, explore current digital humanities projects which employ digital annotation, while also learning about the textual and visual media annotation tools that can enrich your own scholarship and pedagogical practice.
Led by Grace Catherine Greiner, Ph.D. Student, Dept. of English, Cornell

Open Collaboration Session

Did you meet someone you'd like to talk further with? Want to share technical tips or future collaboration? Or just want a quiet space to work on your digital project? We'll have a place for that. 
Or, if you need some quiet time, you might want to take the opportunity to check out the current exhibit in Cornell's Rare and Manuscript Collection: Punkfest Cornell: Anarchy in the Archives


Culture under Threat: The Necessity of Digital Humanities
Dr. Chuck Henry, president of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
The talk will focus on CLIR's work to develop the Digital lLibrary of the Middle East, whose goals include the construction of inventories and digital surrogates of endangered cultural artifacts in the Middle East and North Africa, methods to share that information to help mitigate smuggling, and over time engage students and scholars with its open and accessible aggregation of thousands of years of human expression. 

Before coming to CLIR, Chuck was the Vice Provost and University Librarian at Rice University, where he was responsible for library services and programs, including the Digital Library Initiative and the Digital Media Center. He served as publisher of Rice University Press, the nation's first all-digital university press; was chair of the advisory committee for the Information Resource Center at the International University of Bremen for many years, and was a member of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Commission on Cyberinfrastructure in the Humanities and Social Sciences. He has a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Columbia University, among other degrees.

The Council on Library and Information Resources, a private, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to improve research, teaching, and learning. A pioneer in supporting digital humanities research, it is the parent organization of the Digital Library Federation, and a major grant-making institution in support of libraries, digital collections, and individual scholars. 


In the interest of promoting further conversation and networking among students, schoalrs, and librarians, we'll organize small group outings to restaurants around Ithaca for dinner. The symposium will cover the cost of graduate students' meals. Please look for your opportunity to sign up for a dinner group a few days before the symposium. You can also sign up on the day of. 

More Information

Questions? Please let us know: digitalhumanities AT cornell DOT edu