Digital Humanities Lab


We welcome partnering with existing interest groups and initiatives on campus.  If you would like to ask us to host a speaker, workshop or other digital humanities related event, please contact Ann Hanlon ( for more information. See Past Events

Spring 2020

February 14
Edward Shanken, Deus ex Poiesis: A Manifesto for the End of the World and the Future of Art and Technology
Ed Shanken is an Associate Professor of Digital Art and New Media at the University of California Santa Cruz. He writes and teaches about “the entwinement of art, science, and technology with a focus on interdisciplinary practices involving new media. His recent scholarship addresses art-science collaboration, surveillance culture, sound art and ecology, systems theory, and bridging the gap between new media and contemporary art.” He will join us for brown bag discussion followed by a talk at C21. Co-sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies.

  • 12:00 p.m.
    Brown Bag Discussion, UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab
  • 3:30 p.m.
    Lecture: Deus ex Poiesis: A Manifesto for the End of the World and the Future of Art and Technology, Curtin 175

*Saturday, February 15 | 2:00–4:00 at Saint Kate Arts Hotel, Arc Theater, 139 E. Kilbourn, The World After Us Panel Discussion
Scholarly experts come together for a special panel discussion, including: Kennan Ferguson, UWM Professor of Political Science; Jennifer Johung, UWM Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Architectural History; and Nathaniel Stern, UWM Professor of Art and Design at Peck School of the Arts and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Special guests include Amanda Boetzkes, Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at University of Guelph, Ontario, Edward Shanken, Associate Professor of Digital Art and New Media at University of California, Santa Cruz, and Coe Douglas, artist, writer, and filmmaker.

*Please note that the February 15 panel discussion is not a DH Lab event and takes place at the Saint Kate Arts Hotel

March 5 and 6
Michelle Caswell on Urgent Archives: Communities, Representation, and the Fight Against (Symbolic) Annihilation
Michelle Caswell is an Associate Professor of Archival Studies in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles where she is Director of UCLA’s Community Archives Lab. She is the author of Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory, and the Photographic Record in Cambodia (University of Wisconsin, 2014).
Co-sponsored by the Choosing the City Research Collaborative Research Team, funded by the UWM Office of Research

  • March 5 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
    Urgent Archives: Communities, Representation, and the Fight Against (Symbolic) Annihilation, Michelle Caswell
    In the 1970s, feminist communication scholars first proposed the term “symbolic annihilation” to describe the ways in which women are absent, underrepresented, or misrepresented in mainstream media. Taking this concept as a starting point, the first part of this talk will examine the ways in which mainstream archival practice has symbolically annihilated communities of color and LGBTQ communities through absence, underrepresentation, and misrepresentation. In the face of such symbolic annihilation, marginalized communities have formed their own independent community-based archives that empower them to establish, enact, and reflect on their presence in ways that are complex, meaningful, and substantive. In the second part, this talk will examine the relationship between symbolic and actual annihilation. Symbolic annihilation both precedes and succeeds symbolic annihilation in that communities are rendered nonexistent, invisible, or expendable before they are subject to violence, and then, after violence, such acts are often rendered invisible or expunged from the record, magnifying and mimicking the violence itself. In the wake of such archival silences and misrepresentations, communities often conjure up imaginary records, that is, records that do not actually exist but are collectively imagined to fill affective voids left by existing bureaucratic and legalistic records. This talk will end with an examination of such impossible archival imaginaries and a proposition for all of us to “imagine otherwise,” that is, to conceive of and build a world in which communities that have historically been and are currently being oppressed are fully empowered to represent their past, construct their present, and envision their futures as forms of liberation.
  • March 6 | 9:30 a.m.
    Bagel Hour discussion with Michelle Caswell
    Join us for an informal discussion over bagels and coffee with Michelle Caswell.

March 12 | 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Jessica Kirzane, Collaborative Digital Open Access Publishing and Community Building: In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies
In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies was founded six years ago by a group of then-graduate students to be a central location for the field of Yiddish Studies. It is a free, open-access digital platform without academic affiliation, with a mission to extend the boundaries of the field while fostering community within the field. The journal publishes not only peer reviewed articles but also literary translations, pedagogical resources, and a culture-oriented blog. In geveb’s Editor-in-chief Jessica Kirzane will discuss how the flexibility of the journal’s born-digital platform and its independent funding model open up new arenas for scholarly publishing and collaboration. Her talk will focus especially on the pedagogy section of the journal, which reorients the field of Yiddish studies toward the kind of work many of its practitioners perform day in and day out.

Jessica Kirzane is the Editor-in-Chief of In geveb, and Assistant Instructional Professor in Yiddish at the University of Chicago.

*March 12 | 7:00 p.m. at the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, 3367 N. Downer Ave.
Book launch: Diary of a Lonely Girl: or The Battle against Free Love, by Miriam Karpilove, translated by Jessica Kirzane
First published serially in the Yiddish press in 1916–18, Diary of a Lonely Girl, or The Battle against Free Love is a novel of intimate feelings and scandalous behaviors, shot through with dark humor. From the perch of a diarist, Miriam Karpilove’s novel offers a snarky, melodramatic criticism of radical leftist immigrant youth culture in early twentieth-century New York City. Squeezed between men who use their freethinking ideals to pressure her to be sexually available and nosy landladies who require her to maintain her respectability, the narrator expresses frustration at her vulnerable circumstances with wry irreverence. The novel boldly explores issues of consent, body autonomy, and women’s empowerment and disempowerment around sexuality, courtship, and politics.

*Please note that the 7:00 p.m. book launch is not a DH Lab event and takes place at the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, 3367 N. Downer Ave.

April 24 | 2:00-4:00 p.m.
DH Teaching Fellows Panel and Showcase
Join the DH Lab’s Teaching Fellows as they discuss their integration of DH methods and tools in their fall 2019 classes. Join us at 2:00 p.m. for an informal “open house” featuring projects and assignments; panel discussion at 3:00 p.m.

  • Dylan Barth (CETL/Women’s and Gender Studies)
  • Peter Blewett (English)
  • Aims McGuinness (History)
  • Whitney Moon (Architecture)