5CollDH Annual Lecture Series
Each year, the Five College Digital Humanities Speaker Series brings scholars and artists to the Five Colleges to share cutting-edge research on the intersections of digital technologies and the humanities. These talks, which are free and open to the Five College community, are an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students alike to come together and hear from some of the most influential voices working in the digital humanities today.
All of our talks are recorded by Amherst Media, a local non-profit media production enterprise, and shared here on our website, as well as on the Internet Archive and on public television.
Speculative Computing and World-making
The spread of immersive digital environments might have made the virtual more “real,” but at the same time, increased surveillance and endless analytics have optimized our world as computation. The 2015 – 2016 Five College Digital Humanities Speaker Series features scholars and artists whose work investigates the constantly shifting boundaries between physical and virtual space, and how such shifts impact how we engage our social, political, and bodily networks: how our worlds are made, and how we can make them differently.
Referring to the hyper-speculation of images, information, and space, documentary filmmaker and author Harun Farocki once declared that “reality would have to begin,” A year after his death, we ask, “Has reality begun? Or has it become something else?”
The Five College Digital Humanities Lecture Series for the 2014-2015 academic year explores politics, poetics and urgency in the study of digital cultures.
Collectively, our invited lecturers are concerned with interactions between the human and the machine, and the stakes of those interactions on human expression, creativity, consciousness, and liberty. Questions of interactivity, and how interactive modes of (critical, creative, scholarly) engagement transform our relationships to larger sociopolitical issues are embedded into scholarly and artistic endeavors on some level.
Our speakers have crafted lectures on their most urgent thoughts, hopes, and frustrations regarding the contours and study of digital/network cultures. Lectures may be as expansive as examining the borders and frontiers of the digital humanities, or as concentrated as using a current project as a case study to explore a larger issue. What are the freedoms and limitations, the crucial issues, the moments of genius and failure, that are embedded in the digital and the humanistic? What is at stake?