Digital pragmata flourish at the nexus of research, teaching, and creativity. They can be textual databases, creative visualizations of information, multimedia explorations, collaboratively annotated maps, and a thousand other projects.
- How does our choice of creative tools impact the representation of time?
- What are the current trends in art and scholarship focusing on time?
- What does it mean for us to say that we are talking about time, and how does our culture inform that understanding?
Please join us April 20 from 2:00 p.m to 4:30 p.m. at The Depot (814 W. Broad Street) for a conversation on the subject of time among dynamic practitioners in the arts and humanities: Wayne Graham, Samantha Hill, and Ann VanderMeer, moderated by John Glover.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but please register. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed or to register by phone, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events and programs coordinator, at (804) 828-0593 prior to April 17.
Wayne Graham is head of the Scholars’ Lab Research and Development team. He holds an MA in history from the College of William and Mary and his BA in history from the Virginia Military Institute.
Before joining the Scholars’ Lab in 2009, he worked at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Department of Historical Research, then as a systems administrator and programmer at William and Mary’s Earl Gregg Swem Library. Over the course of those years, he worked as a historical researcher, TEI specialist, web developer, and systems architect, dabbling in computer graphics, high-performance computing, and emerging-technologies coordination.
Wayne is an advocate of open-source software, having worked on many projects over the course of his career. Some of the more notable projects include MyCroft, VuFind, SolrMarc, and Blacklight. More recently, he has contributed the many repositories in Github, as well as the numerous Scholars’ Lab projects there.
Having mentored many Digital Humanities and Praxis Fellows over the last several years in software development, he has also taught at the Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching Institute, as well as written a couple books on developing applications using the Facebook APIs.
As a “full-stack” developer, Wayne’s technical expertise is in web application languages, systems design, and technical training for humanities-based research questions. His research interests include public humanities, augmented and virtual reality, photogrammetry, and scholarly interface design.
Samantha Hill is a transdisciplinary artist from Chicago, IL, with an emphasis on archives, oral-story collecting, social projects, and art facilitations. Hill creates multimedia installations and performances within historic buildings, landmarks, and public locations. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design.
Hill participated in residencies, exhibitions, and public projects for several venues including the Hyde Park Art Center, the McColl Center for Visual Art and Innovation, the Museum of Contemporary Photography Cornerstone Gallery, the Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College, and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. Her work is documented in several publications including the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquire, Time Out Chicago, and WBEZ 90.1 Chicago Public Radio. Hill’s work is also featured in the book Problematizing Public Pedagogy, published by Routledge Press.
She received several honors including the International Sculpture Center Award in 2006 and 2008, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Trustee Merit Scholarship in Sculpture, and the Philadelphia Sculptors Award. Hill received a nomination for a 3Arts Award in the Teaching Artist category in 2014.
Learn more about Samantha Hill’s methodology at her website.
Ann VanderMeer is the founder of the award-winning Buzzcity Press. She was the editor-in-chief for Weird Tales (the oldest fantasy magazine in the world) for five years, during which time she was nominated three times for the Hugo Award, winning one. She has been nominated for the Shirley Jackson award and won the British Fantasy Award as well as the World Fantasy Award. Work from her press has won the British Fantasy Award, the International Rhysling Award, and the IHG Award and has appeared in several year’s best anthologies. She currently works as a Contributing Fiction Editor at Tor.com.
Ann has partnered with her husband, author Jeff VanderMeer, on such editing projects as the World Fantasy Award winning Leviathan series, Best American Fantasy, The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases, The New Weird, Steampunk, Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, Last Drink Bird Head, and Fast Ships, Black Sails. She has also written a humor book, The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals. Her latest anthology projects include The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities (Harper/Voyager July 2011) and The Weird: A Compendium of Dark and Strange Stories (Atlantic/Corvus UK November 2011) as well as Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution (Tachyon Dec 2012) and The Time Traveler’s Almanac (Macmillan/Tor March 2014). Upcoming in 2015 is Sisters of the Revolution (PM Press) and Beyond the Bandersnatch: A Modern Bestiary of Untrue Tales (Centipede Press).
Ann and Jeff started Cheeky Frawg, an ebook publishing company, in early 2011, which is currently publishing the new semi-annual anthology series ODD? as well as many other titles, including many translated works. She has also taught many writing workshops, including Yale University Writer’s Conference, Clarion, Odyssey, and Shared Worlds (teen writing camp) as well conducted creativity seminars for such varied audiences as the librarians of the state of Arizona and Blizzard Entertainment. She has been profiled/interviewed for WIRED.Com, National NPR, and The Weather Channel.
Ann lives with her husband Jeff and three cats in Tallahassee, Florida. See www.weirdfictionreview.com for her most recent adventures.
John Glover is the Humanities Research Librarian at VCU Libraries. He holds a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Latin from the University of Washington, an M.A. in History from the Ohio State University, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington. His current research considers literary networks and the research practices of creative writers. He publishes fiction and non-fiction as J.T. Glover in anthologies and magazines, and he serves on the Board of Directors of James River Writers. He co-leads VCU’s Digital Humanities and Digital Studies Working Group and directs Digital Pragmata.