The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook presents a lunch and lecture with Stephen Robertson, director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. He will discuss “The Differences Digital Technology Makes: Humanities Scholarship in the Digital Age” on Wednesday, October 29, at 1 pm in Humanities 1008. Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm.
New technologies are transforming the way humanities scholars question, research, interpret, communicate and collaborate. Robertson draws connections between databases and keyword searches; the online collection, presentation and dissemination of materials; and digital mapping, text mining, topic modeling and network visualization software to help make sense of digital technologies. These tools do not displace the scholarly practices that came before them, but the opportunity software offers to explore material on a much larger scale than was possible using traditional methods requires humanities disciplines to reconsider the questions they ask, the framing of evidence and the presentation of scholarship.
Robertson is author of Crimes against Children: Sexual Violence and Legal Culture in New York City, 1880-1960; co-author of Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem Between the Wars; and a co-creator of the website Digital Harlem.
Thus event is co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Organization and the History Graduate Student Association.