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Digital Material Conference – May 21 and 22 2015

May 21, 2015 @ 8:30 am


May 21, 2015
8:30 am

Digital Material is a conference that considers the intersections of digital and material cultures in the humanities.

Recent years have seen an intensification of interest in both digital and material cultures. This broad trend has been mirrored in the academy by the growing prominence of digital humanities and the renewed focus on materiality and material objects within humanities disciplines. Proposals are invited for an international interdisciplinary conference that addresses this important confluence in our contemporary culture.

Plenary speakers: Jerome McGann (University of Virginia) & Matthew G. Kirschenbaum (University of Maryland).The deadline for submitting proposals to Digital Material has now passed, and registration for the conference has opened.

Queries may be addressed to conference organiser, Justin Tonra.


Digital Material is supported by the Moore Institute and the Digital Arts and Humanites PhD Programme (DAH).For their generous assistance, thanks to: Daniel Carey, David Kelly, Julie Murphy, Martha Shaughnessy, Kate Thornhill, June Webb.


The following is a provisional conference programme, and may be subject to change (updated 7 May 2015).

Click on panel titles to read the abstracts of individual papers. Panels prefaced with an asterisk are proposed panels.

Digital MaterialProvisional Conference Programme

Thursday 21 May 2015

0830-0915: Registration & tea/coffee.

0915-0930: Opening address by Prof. PÌ_l ÌÒ Dochartaigh, Registrar and Deputy President of NUI Galway.

0930-1030: Plenary lecture:Jerome McGann (University of Virginia)“Truth and Method. Scholarship as a Science of Exceptions.”

1030-1100: Tea/coffee.


Panel 1: Early Modern and Medieval Media

Giles Bergel (University of Oxford)”Affordance and Ideology: Genealogical Diagrams in Manuscript, Print and XML.”

Pip Willcox & David de Roure (University of Oxford)”‰Û÷Friends, should associate Friends’: the Social, the Material, and the Digital in Shakespeare’s First Folio.”

Alison Harper (University of Rochester)”Not Just a Text: Piers Plowman in the Medieval Multi-media Culture.”

Panel 2: Surfaces and Inscriptions

Nicola Rodger (Monash University)”Getting Thingy With It: How the Book Became a Thing.”

Marion Lam̩ (Centre Camille Jullian, Maison M̩diterran̩enne des Sciences de l’Homme / Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, CNR)”Textuality & Inscriptions: Hypothesis About Autopoietic System and Dispositive Analysis.”

Patrick Egan (University College Cork)”Developing ‰Û÷Special’ Collections and New Forms of Narrative.”

1230-1330: Lunch


*Panel 3: Books/Texts/Documents Between Print, Manuscript and Digital

Brendan Dooley (University College Cork)”Angelica’s Book and the Lure of the Material.”

Nella Porqueddu (Trinity College Dublin)”Digital Materiality and Historical Research.”

Giorgio Guzzetta (University College Cork)”The Literary System Between Materiality and Virtuality.”

Panel 4: Digital Material Writ Large & Small

Roman Bleier (Trinity College Dublin)”Encoding Text and Context in the Manuscript Witnesses of Saint Patrick’s Epistles.”

Jason McElligott (Marsh’s Library)”How John Hewson Signed His Name: Or, How to Spot a Monster in a (Digital) Archive.”

Ronan Crowley (University of Passau)”Between a Micro and a Macrocosm Ineluctably Constructed: Digital Materiality at Scale.”

1530-1600: Tea/coffee


Panel 5: (Digital) Archive Fever

Ì_na Bhreathnach (Dublin City University)”Crowdsourcing Irish-Language Folklore Material: the D̼chas Project.”

Penny Johnston (University College Cork)”Is Intangible Culture Different? Looking at Ideas of Digital and Immaterial in the Oral History Archive.”

Orla Egan (University College Cork)”Digitising Queer Materials.”

Panel 6: Curating & Using

Benjamin Nicoll (University of Melbourne)”Videogame Fan Sites and the Vernacular Curation of Gaming History.”

Sharon Webb & Natalie Harrower (Digital Repository of Ireland)”Curating Historical Narratives: Online Representations of History and ‰Û÷Inspiring Ireland.'”

Jeffrey P. Emanuel (Harvard University)”Digital Material: Improving Access, Intimacy, and Scholarship With New Collaborative Technologies.”

2000: Conference Dinner

Friday 22 May 2015

0800-0900: Tea/coffee


Panel 7: Hybrid Literatures

Francesca Benatti (Open University)”Embodying the University of Air: Teaching Digital Literature at The Open University.”

Krista Stinne Greve Rasmussen (University of Copenhagen)”Print or Perish.”

Brianne Bilsky (United States Military Academy)”Books and Bytes: Maus in the Digital Age.”

Panel 8: Encoding Memory

Susan Schreibman (Maynooth University)”Changing the Narrative: The Digital as Un-Remembering.”

Claire Lynch (Brunel University)”Nursing the Anecdotes: Material and Digital Practices in the Archives of Lives.”

Moritz Hiller (Humboldt University Berlin)”Signs O’ the Times: Towards a Philology of Software/Code.”

1030-1100: Tea/coffee


Panel 9: Seeing & Hearing

West Connolly (Trinity College Dublin)”To Be or Not To Be… Material: Digital Acts of Resistance.”

Karolina Badzmierowska (Trinity College Dublin)”Digital Materiality and Art Historical Research.”

Stephen Roddy (Trinity College Dublin)”Sonification and the Digital Divide.”

Panel 10: Beyond the Book

Simon Rowberry (University of Stirling)”1984 Redux: The Long-term Materiality of the Kindle Infrastructure.”

Patrick Smyth (City University of New York)”Ebooks and the Digital Paratext: Emerging Trends in the Interpretation of Digital Media.”

Sue Hemmens (Marsh’s Library)”‰Û÷Books are [in]finite’: Breaking the Bounds of the Information Space.”

1230-1330: Lunch


*Panel 11: ‰Û÷Print/Screen’ – Expanding the Digital Library at the James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway

Aisling Keane & Kieran Hoare (NUI Galway)”Partnerships, Metadata and Possibilities: Digital Preservation in the Archives.”

Cillian Joy (NUI Galway)”Digital Preservation Workflows and Integrations.”

Niall McSweeney & Barry Houlihan (NUI Galway)”From the Cloud to the Reading-Room: Digital Archives in Research, Learning and Teaching.”

*Panel 12: A Matter of Substance, Size and Style? Remediating the Archive in the Digital Age

Michael Goodman (Cardiff University)”The Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive.”

Julia Thomas & Nicola Lloyd (Cardiff University)”Lost Visions: Retrieving the Visual Element of Printed Books.”

Anthony Mandal (Cardiff University)”Strange Case of Digital Jekyll and Remediated Hyde: Literary Narrative as Pervasive Media.”

1500-1530: Tea/coffee


Panel 13: Mechanisms

Abigail De Kosnick (University of California, Berkeley)”The Media Crease: Traces of Repetitious Media Use in Hard and Soft Copies.”

Ren̩e Farrar (United States Military Academy)”Word Processor Art and the Graphical User Interface.”

Vinayak Das Gupta (Trinity College Dublin)”The Material and the Immaterial in an Age of Anxiety”

*Panel 14: Digital Materialities of the Literary Text

Ana Marques da Silva (University of Coimbra)”Performative Materialities of Language and Meaning.”

Diogo Marques (University of Coimbra)”Inter[sur]faces.”

Sandra Bettencourt (University of Coimbra)”Digital and Material Feedbacks in Steve Tomasula’s Printed Novels.”

1715-1815: Plenary lectureMatthew G. Kirschenbaum (University of Maryland)“Green-Screeners: Locating the Literary History of Word Processing.”

1815-1830: Closing remarks

Saturday 23 May 2015

1100: Excursion to Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland. (Excursion will last approximately ninety minutes).