4Humanities@UCSB Beginning of Year Meeting (2014-15)

4Humanities@UCSB will hold its initial meeting of the 2014-15 academic year on Monday, November 3, 3-4:30 pm, in South Hall 2509.   Continuing and new participants are invited.  A surprise, high-visibility new 4Humanities project will be announced at this meeting.

Now in its fourth year, 4Humanities@UCSB is the UCSB chapter of the international initiative (founded at UCSB) named “4Humanities: Advocating for the Humanities” (http://4humanities.org/).  The international initiative includes scholars, students, and others working on advocacy for the humanities.  The initiative is supported by the international digital humanities community on the premise that digital new media today have a special role to play in effective humanities advocacy.

As an IHC Research Focus Group on our campus, 4Humanities@UCSB meets during the year around a few topics and readings.  Beyond being a discussion forum, however, 4Humanities@UCSB is also a production shop. Ongoing concrete projects underway based at UCSB include the WhatEvery1Says project to analyze public discourse about the humanities using data-mining methods.  4Humanities@UCSB also holds some joint meetings and workshops with other Southern California chapters of 4Humanities at California State U., Northridge (4Hum@CSUN) and at UCLA (4Hum#UCLA).

Contact Info: 4Humanities@UCSB faculty leaders: Alan Liu (ayliu@english.ucsb.edu) and Linda Adler-Kassner (adler-kassner@writing.ucsb.edu).  4Humanities Lead Research Assistant: Ashley Champagne (ashleychampagne@gmail.com).

Agenda for Meeting

Introductions (and sign-up sheet)

  • Research Focus Group co-conveners:
    Linda Adler-Kassner, Claudio Fogu, Alan Liu
  • Lead research assistant for 4Humanities & 4Hum@UCSB:
    Ashley Champagne
  • Self-introductions of meeting participants (including remote participants).

The 4Humanities.org Initiative (Overview & Updates)

  • Mission (research and practice in humanities advocacy, assisted by digital humanities community)
  • Organizational structure:
    • International umbrella organization — Coordinators: Christine Henseler (Union c.), Alan Liu, Geoffrey Rockwell (U. Alberta), Stéfan Sinclair (McGill U.), Melissa Terras (U. College London.
    • Local Chapters —  4Humanities@ Auburn | CSUN | McGill | NY6 | UCL | UCLA | UCSB | [Whittier?]
  • Ongoing and New Projects:
  • Upcoming Meetings/Events:
    • Project workshop/planning meetings
    • Winter discussion meeting on “Humanities and Sciences in the Public Gaze”? (on model of “Global Humanities” meeting in March 2014)
    • Topic-modeling workshop? and/or end-of-year THATcamp-style event with other SoCal 4Humanities local chapters synchronized with Transcriptions Research Slam at UCSB?

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