Directed by Prof. Mark Williams

Dept of Film and Television Studies

Leslie Center for the Humanities

Dartmouth College

Spring, 2005

This Humanities Institute at Dartmouth College, foundational to Digital Humanities at Dartmouth, was directed by Mark Williams, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Film and Television Studies. The assembled scholars met weekly to share their relevant scholarship and also organized two conferences in order to initiate a trans-disciplinary survey of critical issues attendant to the rise of cyber-culture.

(Both conference events can be watched here.)

In particular, we considered the effects of cyber-culture on “discipline,” in terms of both specific disciplines of knowledge and broader modes of social surveillance. The rise of cyber-culture and new media presents significant challenges and opportunities to academic disciplines, within and beyond the Humanities. Technologies such as personal computers, digital databases, and the internet continue to transform how scholars research, teach, and publish.

For some scholars, their very object of study has been altered. For still others, cyber-culture has afforded innovations in methodology, collaboration, and practical application. Beyond these developments, cyber-culture also includes broad cultural and social transformations, from changes in work patterns and entertainment forms to the rise of global commerce and new definitions of the nation-state. For many, these changes index the emergence of a new form of global surveillance and power.  For this truly inter-disciplinary Humanities Institute, we assembled 26 artists, scholars, and public intellectuals to investigate these issues together in considerable detail.

Members of the Institute
Denise Anthony, Dept. of Sociology
Michele White, Tulane University
Chika Anyanwu, U Adelaide
John Willinsky, U British Columbia
Megan Boler, U Toronto
Quintus Jett, Thayer School
Ben Forest, Dept. of Geography
Mikhail Gronas, Dept. of Russian
Lisa Gitelman, Catholic University
Brenda Silver, Dept. of English
Mark Williams, Dept. Film & Television Studies
Symposium on Digital Culture and the Arts (April 2005)
David Lyon, Queen’s University
Marianne Weems, Builders Association
Marsha Kinder, Cinema-Television, USC
Kembrew McLeod, U Iowa
Mia Garlick, Creative Commons
Cyber-Disciplinarity Conference (May 2005)
Joe Trippi, Political Advisor
Lisa Nakamura, U Wisconsin, Madison
Michael Curry, Dept. of Geography, UCLA
Jeffrey Rosen, George Washington U Law
Eszter Hargittai, Northwestern U
David Phillips, Dept. of Radio-TV-Film, U Texas
Michael Heim, Freelance Educator, SoCal
Alan Liu, Dept. of English, UC Santa Barbara
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Brown U
Geert Lovink, Amsterdam Poly/U Amsterdam
Thanks to Lauren Spencer for her help preparing the poster and videos for public access!