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The Cold War and a ‘New Humanism’: The History Of The First Humanities

Thursday, September 26, 2019,5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

Please join us for the first Digital Humanities Speaker Series event of the academic year.

Our speaker will be Steven Jones, DeBartolo Chair in Liberal Arts and professor of English and digital humanities at USF Tampa. Professor Jones will be speaking about the origin of humanities computing through the lens of Jesuit scholar Roberto Busa, arguably the ‘first’ digital humanist.

The Digital Humanities Speaker Series is sponsored by the Division of Humanities and the Jane Bancroft Cook Library.

Roberto Busa was an Italian Jesuit scholar who collaborated with IBM to produce a massive concordance to the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. In this talk, Dr. Steve Jones illuminates this digital humanities origin story. He examines relationships between the layers of hardware, software, human agents, culture, and history, and answers the question of how specific technologies afford and even constrain cultural practices, including in this case the academic research agendas of humanities computing and, later, digital humanities.

Dr. Jones has authored several books including “The Meaning of Video Games” (Routledge, 2008), “The Emergence of the Digital Humanities” (Routledge, 2014), and Roberto Busa, S.J. and the “Emergence of Humanities Computing” (Routledge, 2016), and Celltower (forthcoming with Bloomsbury, 2020). He is principal investigator on a 3D-modeling and archiving project, “Reconstructing the First Humanities Computing Center” (supported by a Level II NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant, 2017-2019), and is founder and Faculty Coordinator of the USF DHLabs, a shared space for collaborative research in the humanities.


Thursday, September 26, 2019,
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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