Brown Bag Series

AFF DH Brown Bag Series

Shawn Gillen, ‘The Irish Essay as Form: Memory and the Visual World.’ 327009_tn

AFF Brown Bag lecture, 26 March 2015 at 1pm

Venue: AFF Boardroom

In “The Essay as Form” (1958), Theodor Adorno writes that the essay’s innermost law is heresy against the orthodoxy of thought. “By transgressing the orthodoxy of thought,” Adorno writes, “something becomes visible in the object which it is orthodoxy’s secret purpose to keep invisible.”  This talk will describe how Adorno’s writing about the form illuminates essays by several Irish authors, and it will argue that these same writers also contribute to the genres aesthetic evolution. Ernie O’Malley, Hubert Butler, Edna O’Brien, and John McGahern are foremost among the essayists to be discussed.

Professor Gillen teaches courses in creative writing, American and Irish literature, digital writing, and journalism at Beloit College.  He has written a collection of personal essays and autobiographical fiction, excerpts of which appeared in the Colorado Review and the North Atlantic Review. He has published scholarly essays on J. M. Synge, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. He has also published essays on American comic book figures such as Captain America and written numerous critical essays on jazz and rock musicians. His fiction, music criticism, and journalism have appeared in a variety of publications, and he has worked as a staff writer and editor for several literary journals, newspapers, and music publications. Professor Gillen has served as a visiting professor and research fellow at the University of Glasgow and has been a scholar-in-residence and visiting professor at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois.

Laura Mandell, ARC’s Partnerships with Proprietors: Pitfalls and Possibilities
AFF Brown Bag Lecture, Wednesday 04 March 2015 at 1pm
Venue: AFF Boardroom
In this talk, I discuss the work of the eMOP project ( which has been spLaura Mandellonsored by (the Advanced Research Consortium).  The Early Modern OCR Project (eMOP) was launched in order to help preserve our cultural heritage, 45 million pages of text published between 1473 and 1800. The pages images of these texts are owned by proprietary companies whom we need to help us preserve the texts but who cannot do so without help from scholars: page images are not enough for digital preservation; text files are needed to go along with those images, and only scholars can make such texts within the confines of our current for-profit economic structures.

Laura Mandell is Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture
and Professor of English at Texas A&M University.  She is the author of Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1999) and general editor of the Poetess Archive.

Heritage Comes Alive: Novel Technologies for Augmenting the Past

Dr Konstantinos Papadopoulos, Archaeological Computing Research Group, University of Southampton
AFF Boardroom, November 20 2014.

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In the last two decades, with the rapid technological advancements, especially in the field of human-computer interaction, cultural heritage has become one of the most promising and attractive areas for applying new tools and methods to enhance presentation, interpretation and dissemination. Virtual Reality, and lately, Augmented and Mixed Reality applications, have flourished in museums, archaeological sites and heritage institutions in order to engage audiences and improve their cultural heritage experiences through socio-personal interactions and storytelling. This seminar will provide an overview of virtual, augmented and mixed reality approaches to cultural heritage, also discussing earlier attempts to augment the perception of space through bodily movement, senses and interaction. It will also present characteristic digital applications, while critically approaching current debates and future challenges.


Exploring Women’s History in the Digital Realm: Insights from a Postdoc Alt-Ac Experience

Dr Jennifer Redmond, Department of History, Maynooth University
AFF Boardroom, April 15th 2014


No_So_Ladylike_AfterallThis seminar will reflect on the work I completed as Director of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education at Bryn Mawr College, USA whilst completing a CLIR (Council on Libraries and Information Resources) Postdoctoral Fellowship between 2011 and 2013. During this time I designed, directed and helped build a digital resource on the history of women’s education for multiple groups of users, conducted original research, and organized a successful international conference, Women’s History in the Digital World (2013). I came to develop ideas on the place of women’s history in digital humanities from a feminist perspective, particularly in light of the move towards digitizing archival material. Whilst this is to be welcomed, it seems that there are some problems: whose narrative will be told in the new dig

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