New Year, New Digital Pragmata

Welcome back, Digital Pragmatists! We hope you had a good summer, both productive and relaxing, and are ready for a year of thinking, learning, and collaborating.

First off, VCU Libraries has a new librarian on staff who wants to know about you and your projects: Eric Johnson, Head of our newly formed Innovative Media unit. Eric comes to VCU with a background in many areas relevant to your interests, from the digital humanities to to museum practice to web and media production. He and his colleagues in Innovative Media are happy to consult with you about media audio and video editing, tools like Omeka or Neatline, and any other exciting digital projects you are looking to start. Eric will be in touch soon about plans for the exciting new Innovative Media Studio (recording studios, makerspaces, and more!), and you’ll be welcome to weigh in on the design of the program. Watch this space. You can contact him at edmjohnson@vcu.edu or 804.828.2802.

What Digital Pragmata events can you attend this year? You may have already seen some details, but here’s a summary.

  • Every month from September through May, we will be hosting brown-bag events at James Branch Cabell Library in the Multipurpose Room (Cabell 250). We will send out news about these through standard communication channels as topics and presenters are finalized. This month’s event is a week from today…
    • Tuesday, September 24th, at 12 noon, we will be hosting an hour of lightning talks. These are short (3-minute) talks about topics ranging far and wide across the spectrum of the digital arts and humanities, focusing in on one resource speakers will demonstrate or discuss. Bring your lunch and we’ll bring snacks and drinks. We already have a number of presenters lined up, but if you are interested in presenting, drop Eric Johnson a line.
    • Wednesday, October 30th, time TBA, we will be hosting a panel discussion on British Virginia, VCU’s exciting new digital publishing project, which Joshua Eckhardt of VCU’s Department of English discussed briefly at the opening of last year’s panel, Crafting Content: Creation, Scholarship and Organization.
  • In November, we will be presenting a panel in the Multipurpose Room of Cabell Library on digitization, curation, and online content. Museums, libraries and archives rely on the digital environment to save, manage and provide access to their collections. These organizations also collect digitized and born-digital cultural objects. Presenters from local cultural institutions share their experiences and best practices for collecting and curating digital objects. Time and date TBA.
  • On April 8, at 7 p.m., we will be presenting What Is the New Unit of Scholarly Production? at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave. In this moderated panel discussion on emerging digital practices in authoring, publishing, curating and preserving scholarship, speakers will examine the materials and method forming the scholarly record today.

We have one more event coming this spring, a THATCamp planned for Spring Break. This unconference will be of interest to scholars, instructors, and creators interested in integrating technology into humanities work involving social justice and the New South.

We wish you a very good year and look forward to seeing you at these events! Thoughts, questions, suggestions? Please contact John Glover at jglover2@vcu.edu or 804.828.6555, or Eric Johnson at edmjohnson@vcu.edu or 804.828.2802.

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