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Scholars’ Lab: Feminist Digital Humanities @ UVA: A Collaboration

January 10th, 2018

Feminist Digital Humanities @ UVA: A Collaboration
January 12-13, 2018

The Scholars’ Lab and UVA Library are pleased to bring to Grounds four leaders of literary digital projects focusing on a diverse range of women writers across history.

These four different digital projects share innovative ways to study networks of biographical records, including little-known early modern or eighteenth-century women writers, or all women writers associated with Britain, or women of many occupations across history, as represented circa 1830-1940. The projects have theorized and reflected on the argument and scholarship that go into ontologies, editorial practice, and database and visualization designs. Research collaborators and users of the projects can follow different paths into the archives of text or the personographies. Data visualization; the Text Encoding Initiative in a publishing and repository context; documenting the circulation of reviews, citations, and texts; tagging trends in gender ideology and typologies within the changing features of women’s biographies; and textual analysis are among the approaches we demonstrate and question in our practice.

Please join us on Friday for a full day of presentations as well as frank discussion of the challenges and rewards of our different approaches. All are welcome.

Susan Brown, Professor of English, University of Guelph, Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship; Director of The Orlando Project and Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory

Julia Flanders, Professor of the Practice of English, Northeastern University; Director, Digital Scholarship Group; Director, Women Writers Project

Laura Mandell, Professor of English, Texas A & M University; Director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture; ARC (Applied Research Consortium); The Poetess Archive

Alison Booth, Professor of English, University of Virginia, and Academic Director of the Scholars’ Lab; Director of Collective Biographies of Women in collaboration with Rennie Mapp, Worthy Martin, Daniel Pitti, Jeremy Boggs, and many others

Friday, January 12
8:30 am–4:30 pm
Alderman Library, Room 421

8:30-9:30       Coffee and pastries
9:30-10:15      Susan Brown, Linking: Feminism, DH and Infrastructure
10:30-11:15     Julia Flanders, Open-Access Data from the Women Writers Project
11:30-12:15     Laura Mandell, Visualization and Gender Discovery
2:00-2:45        Alison Booth, Can the Typologies Speak?: Problems for Feminist Biographical Networks
3:00-4:30        Discussion

A reception will follow from 5:00-7:00 in the Rotunda, Multipurpose Room.

Saturday, January 13
Working Session on Project Collaboration
9:00 am-2:00 pm

Newcomb Hall Boardroom (Room 376)
To reserve your space, please RSVP to for working session.

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