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CFP: “Digital Humanities in Human Rights, Diasporas, Gender & Film”

XIX Spanish Graduate Literature Conference, Talk Series, & Pragda Film Festival
School of International Letters and Cultures
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

“Digital Humanities in Human Rights, Diasporas, Gender & Film”

March 25th, April 8th and April 15th 2016

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Michael Simeone, Dr. Juan Pablo Gil-Oslé, Dr. Sujey Vega

The Spanish Graduate Student Association (SPAGRAD) at Arizona State University invites you to participate in its 19th Annual Literature, Culture, and Visual Arts Conference and Talk Series. This year, our conference looks to explore new critical and interdisciplinary approaches as they relate to issues of social justice and human rights in literary and cultural production.

Digital Humanities can be defined as an area that applies the knowledge of new technologies to the problems of human sciences. Recently there has been a surge of interest in regards to the impact of technology within the field of the humanities, and how these tools permit scholars to disseminate their work to a wider audience, organize and deposit their work in archives, and also explore and present material on various topics in a manner which was previously inaccessible. These Digital Humanities can be found in any form through which information or a message is communicated, that today is understood scholarly work and mass media such as: newspapers, television, social networks, the blogosphere and/or the Internet in general. For these reasons, it is of utmost importance to consider the shift from analogue materials into the realm of the digital as this is the direction in which the academic community is moving.

Thus, the organizing committee requests that submissions be related to the aforementioned themes within, but not limited to, the following topics:

ROUND TABLE March 25th: Gender, Cinema, and Digital Humanities
Keynote: Dr. Michael Simeone
In this topic, works will be accepted that have as an objective sexual identity, sexual dissidence, queer theory, feminist literary criticism, women’s writing, gay and lesbian writing as well as all cultural manifestation that arises from canonic identity destabilization. Equally, works that discuss diverse sexual and feminist identity struggles as well as their link with cultural production, social justice and human rights. Some possible topics within this subarea could be related to body and text, body and its corresponding nationalistic designs, sexualities and its multiple aspects and restrictions. Critical works on cinema may be submitted; the objective is to observe how film is related to society, reality, the human being, earth and other artistic areas. In this round table theme composition, techniques, theories, expressions, topics, influences, audiovisual arte and the incorporation of gender identity may be encompassed.

ROUND TABLE April 8st: Diasporas
Keynote: Dr. Juan Pablo Gil-Osle
Here studies related to identity as the foundation of social self-naming as a response to an imposition of social, gender, sexual, national, territorial and ethnic identities, among others may be addressed. Other possibilities include, but are not limited to border fluidity, physical border reality, fictional border reality, border invention, border purpose, border ideological, social and political extensions and their link to social justice and human rights. The comprehension of “identity, border and nationality” is not restricted to those imposed by social-political, economic or geographic reality.

ROUND TABLE April 15th: Human Rights
Keynote: Dr. Sujey Vega
It is necessary to analyze issues of human rights in an effort to vindicate individuals and social groups in order to assert their condition and access to a space and time that will enable total social incorporation and sef-development. Raising attention to the plight of issues regarding human rights can be seen via the recent phenomenon of hashtags, social media networks, the use of documentary film, photography and news media outlets.

Please send all abstracts to the following email:

All abstracts must be 250 words maximum in Spanish, English, or Portuguese. Please submit the title of paper/panel, name of presenter, university affiliation, email address, and a brief curriculum, with 150 words maximum. Presentations are typically 15 minutes. The deadline for submissions is March 17, 2015.

Conference organizers will contact you regarding acceptance within a maximum of two weeks after receiving proposal. Please confirm your attendance before March 17, 2015 by email, or by postal service to the following address:

Jennifer Byron
Arizona State University – Tempe Campus-P.O. Box 870202
Tempe, AZ 85287-0202

Conference registration fee will be $35 before March 10th and $45 after the confirmation date. Please be sure to pay the registration fee upon notification of approval. There is no cost f

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Spring ’16 Workshop Announced: Decision Design and Visual Analytics for Sustainability Applications

The Nexus Lab for Digital Humanities and Transdisciplinary Informatics will offer a workshop in Decision Design and Visual Analytics for Sustainability Applications during the Spring Semester of 2016. The workshop aims to connect problem solving for sustainability solutions with training in network modeling, data visualization, and communication of results from mixed methods analysis and decision making.

The workshop is free and open to ASU faculty, staff, and students. It will meet once a week for 2 hours on Friday afternoons, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. There are no prerequisites, and the workshop will accommodate all levels of experience with programming and data analysis. To register, please go to and fill out the registration form. Seats will be limited, so please register as soon as you are able to make the commitment.

Technologies taught in this class include ORA (network modeling and analysis software), Javascript (interactive data visualizations), and python (basic data manipulation). This will not be a class on programming, but will instruct on these technologies where applicable to mixed-methods sustainability research, communications, and decision making.

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Spring 2016 Workshop Announced: User Experience (UX)

User Experience (UX) is a quickly growing area of specialization in the technology sector that focuses on having a deep understanding of users of technology. This understanding includes what users need from technology, what they value, their abilities, and their limitations. UX specialists must be knowledgeable about issues at the core of humanities disciplines, such as ethics in the use of technology, and also have knowledge of the technology itself. In this way, UX as a profession draws from both humanities and STEM fields. In this workshop, we will explore UX in many of its components, including user research, usability evaluation, information architecture, user interface design, content strategy, accessibility, web analytics, and more. We will work for the first eight weeks, alongside industry and academic experts, to learn more about these areas of UX. The second eight weeks will move to hands on experience as UX consultants for a client, working to make specific findings for improved user experience of their product. Technologies taught in this class include Keynote Wireframe Tool Kit, Blueprint CSS, and Google Analytics.

Join us to see where your current interests in humanities and technology might take you. All backgrounds and disciplines welcome. The workshop is free and open to ASU faculty, staff, and students. It will meet once a week for 2 hours on Friday mornings beginning January 29, from 9:00am to 11:00am. Please feel free to email Dawn Opel, Nexus Lab Postdoctoral Fellow, at to register, or with questions.

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Stories from Data launches for Fall Semester

Stories from Data is a workshop that emphasizes the intersection of design, cognition, data science, decision-making, and storytelling. In the first weeks of the recurring sessions, participants learn about bias, color, layering, and data presentation.

We focus on the crucial work visualization performs for analysis, as well as the importance of narratives both prior and subsequent to data visualizations of analytic processes. The workshop culminates with hands-on instruction of programming interactive visualizations using the D3.js javascript library.

Over the past 3 weeks, faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students have met for training and exercises. Stay tuned for updates and samples of work!

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Developing Insights with Wassaja

This semester the Developing Wassaja Working Group has hit the ground running in an amazing fashion. We have learned about some mission-critical concepts to web application development like user-centered design and project management, while also moving forward and getting our basic Drupal installation up-and-running. As we continue on this journey, you will occasionally find some of us blogging about the insights we are developing. Lyndsey Buchanan, staff at the ASU Ross Blakely Law Library and member of the Developing Wassaja team, has shared her insights regarding some of the concepts from project management that we have learned so far in a blog post titled “Stalled Projects and Other Ghastly Happenings.” Lyndsey’s insights are particularly wonderful, as she now has the role of Project Manager for the project status updates on Developing Wassaja site, including our Project Charter that outlines our goals, milestones, and the rest of the team roster!

Image of building being refurbished
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Graduate Students Opening Doors to Digital Humanities

For the last four years, ASU has been opening its doors to the public and inviting them to come learn more about all of the innovative things going on at its different campuses through Night of the Open Door. This year, Night of the Open Door is taking place on the Tempe Campus Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Two PhD candidates in the Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics program in the Department of English will be showcasing their Digital Humanities work: Cristobal Martinez and Dawn Opel.

Cristobal Martinez will be presenting Radio Healer, a group of indigenous hacker-artists performing electro-acoustic music. Using this digital project as a lens, Martinez will lead discussions about the nature of technology and its impact on shaping our values through everyday experiences. His presentation will take place from 6:30pm-9:00pm in Durham Language and Literature 105.

Dawn Opel is asking participants in this event to join her in solving a mystery with Sherlock Holmes. After learning more about this iconic detective, Opel will begin a discussion on digital fan fiction surrounding Sherlock Holmes and how it can be used in the English classroom. Interested individuals will have two opportunities to participate in this experience: from 7:00pm to 8:00pm and then again from 8:00pm to 9:00pm in Durham Language and Literature 109.

Join us in supporting Dawn and Cristobal in these exciting efforts. The Nexus Lab is really excited to see Digital Humanities projects being showcased at this event, and we know that these projects will help to promote the power of transdisciplinary thinking!

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We Can’t Get Enough Vibrant Data!

First of all, join us in thanking Prof. Jacqueline Wernimont for a wonderful presentation and brainstorming session on Vibrant Data last Thursday!

During our discussion, many of us #ASUDH-ers realized just how much possibility Vibrant Data has for our own research, as well as the opportunity for collaboration with our peers who are also interested in this notion. As a result, the IHR Nexus Lab will be coordinating a monthly working group for those individuals interested in continuing the discussions we began last week. If you’re interested in joining, please click here to sign-up for the new Vibrant Data Working Group.

Were you not able to attend but are curious about what you missed last Thursday, checkout the notes from our discussion.

Wernimont explaining the historicity of Vibrant Data with parish registers
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The Developing Wassaja Project Website Goes Live

Before the holiday break, we announced a new, intensive workshop series that is focused on helping faculty, staff, and students learn the skills needed to create sustainable web applications for research projects: Developing Wassaja. There was so much interest in this workshop that we had to put people on a waiting list. (What a wonderful problem to have, but know that we fully intend on offering a “Developing ____” workshop again in Fall 2015!) So for those of you waiting until the next “Developing” cohort, or if you weren’t ready to commit to this intensive workshop now but are curious for the future, please checkout and experience this process with us. Let us know what you think, and contact the Nexus Lab if you have any questions.

Developing Wassaja Website
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Extending Qualitative Data Through Computational Methods

How do experts in humanities and social science fields make meaningful interventions when working with large collections of documents? How do we move from text data to public, community, or organizational change?

Nexus Lab Director, Michael Simeone, and Assistant Director, Jacqueline Hettel, have been leading projects in the Nexus Lab that address exactly these questions for the last 6 months and have decided that it is time to share their expertise with the ASU community. The IHR Nexus Lab announces its spring working group in Text-Based Modeling (TBM) for faculty and graduate students, where participants will learn how to move from document collections to datasets, from datasets to analysis, and from analysis to presentation and impact.

The TBM group will meet once a week during the Spring Semester of 2015 to learn new methods and skills, devise methods for analysis, and collaborate with other participants. Sessions will last one hour, with an optional hour afterward for additional work. Once participants are enrolled in the group, consistent attendance at the TBM group meetings is mandatory. Location will be the Nexus Lab, 5519 Lattie F. Coor Hall at ASU Tempe Campus, 2pm Friday afternoon starting January 16, 2015. Click here to register and get more information!

multiple colored building blocks on a flat grey surface
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Developing Wassaja: The Nexus Lab’s First Project-Centered Workshop Series

Beginning January 2015, the Nexus Lab will launch a new project called Developing Wassaja. We would like to invite you, our friends (as well as our future friends), to help us to develop a web application to feature this amazing humanities collection of rare, Yavapai newsletters written by Carlos Montezuma in the early 20th Century that has been curated in a joint effort by ASU scholars (David Martinez and Jodi Reeves Flores) and the ASU Library (Joyce Martin), and funded by an IHR Seed Grant. By participating in this weekly workshop series to create a web application for these amazing clients, we want to give you all the opportunity not only to cultivate a complete set of skills necessary for creating sustainable digital humanities projects (from project management to web scripting), but to add a project to your professional portfolio by being a member of this team.

Team meetings will begin Friday, January 16th, 2015, at 9:30am. This will take place in the Nexus Lab (5519 Lattie F. Coor Hall) every Friday. For the first hour, our meetings will focus on mapping out team plans while introducing new skills. The second hour, team members will be encouraged to take advantage of Nexus Lab resources and mentorship to work on developing the Wassaja digital resource. The Nexus Lab team’s expertise will be enhanced by training collaborators like Bruce Matsunaga (English), Sydney Lines (Lightworks), and other colleagues of the Nexus Lab.

We know this is a significant commitment and would like to encourage those people wanting to truly become a part of an #ASUDH project to join us. Click here to register as a member of Developing Wassaja and to get more detailed information. We look forward to having you join our team!

The Carlos Montezuma Wassaja Newsletter Project logo
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