Columbus, Body Writing and Dance

Join us for our next event on April 15, 2013, at 2:30 pm in room 165 Thompson Library. OSU professors Robert Ladislas Derr (Art), Heather Inwood (East Asian Languages and Literatures), and Norah Zuniga-Shaw (Dance) come together to consider how corporeal engagement inflects and is inflected by technology and arts practices. Derr stages both a corporeal and a historical encounter with Christopher Columbus, sensing his way through both past and present, Inwood analyses excretory excesses written into contemporary Chinese poetry, especially in the School of Rubbish and the School of Spam, and Zuniga-Shaw and her students offer perspectives on how technologically mediating physical practices such as dance opens up new questions around the body, movement, aesthetics, and decision-making. See:

Encoding Eighteenth-century Texts

The topic of the Annual Lecture in the History of the Book mentioned in the previous post is “The Material Form of Literacy Conversation: Encoding and Modeling Texts from Early to Mass Print” and will be given by Laura Mandell. She will discuss how the relationship between writers and readers changed with mass print and how encoding can reopen the conversation. More information is available on the Humanities Institute website.

Upcoming this week!

Two events this week featuring Laura Mandell, the Director of Texas A&M’s Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, IDHMC (

Hands-on Workshop on the Early Modern OCR Project Registration required:  email ulman.1
Friday, February 15, 2013, 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 307 Denney Hall

Annual Lecture in Book History (co-sponsored with History of the Book/Literacy Studies)
Friday, February 15, 2013, 1 pm, 165, Thompson Library

Come join us!

Your ideas needed!

We need your ideas of possible programming for the Working Group to offer.  Please see our new Program Ideas page for our growing list.  If you have suggestions, please email them to Louie <Ulman.1> or Lisa <carter.1088>.  Thanks!

Our Next Event!

Digital Publishing in the Arts and Humanities
Tuesday, 20 November 2012, 3:00-4:30 p.m.,  Room 165 Thompson Library

The digital environment has enabled exciting new forms of scholarship, and made it possible to communicate and collaborate more openly and effectively. It also poses significant challenges for the traditional, print-based publishing ecosystem, and for those responsible for evaluating scholarship – including promotion and tenure committees. Panelists will explore ways in which publishing is changing in the arts and humanities, and will lead discussion on the opportunities and pitfalls inherent in the world of digital publishing.


  • Melanie Schlosser, Convener (Digital Publishing Librarian, OSU Libraries) will give an overview of trends in digital publishing.
  • Cynthia Selfe (Humanities Distinguished Professor, Department of English) will talk about her experience with Computers and Composition Digital Press (
  • Wayne Carlson (Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Undergraduate Education) will talk about digital publishing in the arts and his experiences with electronic educational publishing.

Visualizing “Big Data” Videos available

Video recordings from the Wednesday, September 26, 2012 event, “Visualizing ‘Big Data’ in the Arts and Humanities” are now available on OSU’s iTunes U channel ( and as a podcast (!

Panelists David Staley (History), Jessie Labov (Slavic & East European Languages & Cultures), and H. Lewis Ulman (English) explored the place of data visualization as a form of humanities scholarship,  with visualization as the hermeneutic act that allows humanists to read “big data.” The panel described the concept of a Humanities Visualization Studio at The Ohio State University to conduct such humanistic readings of big data.  Questions centered around defining “big data” in the context of the humanities,  how humanists read big data, how our interests and goals with reading big data differ from that of scientists, and how visualization and visual hermeneutics is critical to the effort to read that data.

Next Meeting: 10/25/12

The next meeting of the Digital Arts and Humanities Working Group Core Committee is Thursday, 25 October 2012, 3:00-4:30 p.m., in room 204 of the Thompson Library.


  • Content for this website (Carter)
  • Programming for spring semester  (Ulman)
  • Engaging with the CIC Digital Humanities Committee