DHi Speaker Series: Marisa Parham: "Textual Feelings, Or, Thinking Narrative Gaming in the Information Age"

Textual Feelings, Or, Thinking Narrative Gaming in the Information Age
March 3, 4:10pm • KRJH 127 Red Pit

With an eye to some of the various critical genealogies given to text based games, this talk focuses on two recent games, Blackbar and Papers, Please. How we might think about the value of such games in our contemporary technological and cultural moment— a technological moment in which interactivity and animation are often described as if interchangeable, and a cultural moment wherein ’data’ must increasingly be understood as intermedial? Finally, where might electronic texts like PRY or Redshift/ Portalmetal fit into this, perched between media conventions associated with novels, games, and films, and also illustrating some of the boundaries between playing and knowing? 

Text Adventures in the Classroom
March 4, 12:00 Noon • DHi @ CJ 102

This workshop will focus on strategies for using Twine, an interactive narrative creation tool. How does the possibility of interactivity potentially impact how we manage the different kinds of information we might want to deploy in teaching or presentation, for instance when juggling historical contextualization and first-person testimony? While this workshop will focus on text driven experiences, some attention will also be paid to how to expand this to other media as well, not only text.

Events co-sponsored by the American Studies Program, the Cinema & Media Studies Program, and Hamilton’s Dean of Faculty

Janet Thomas Oppedisano (Simons)

Director, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College

Janet Thomas Oppedisano is Hamilton College's Digital Humanities Initiative Director. Her responsibilities include oversight and direction of the daily activities of the DHi to develop a collaborative community in which creativity, technology, and innovation lead to new methods of research, learning, and publication. This includes strategic planning in the use of technology, collaboration on grant proposals and budgets, management and communication of DHi projects, coordination and teaching of DHi's undergraduate research fellowship program CLASS and creation of direct connections between DHi projects and the curriculum. She is engaged in faculty outreach and development; project management; identification and research of technologies appropriate to research projects and learning goals; and coordination of academic support services to meet teaching, learning, and research needs.  Janet is involved in the development of sustainable digital scholarship infrastructure and models for support of digital humanities projects at liberal arts institutions. She recently collaborated with over 23 liberal arts colleges to develop the Institute for Liberal Arts Scholarship (ILiADS.org). She co-teaches “Models for liberal arts and four year colleges at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (dhsi.org). Janet has presented regionally and internationally on learning design, collaboration, media scholarship, and models for digital scholarship. Janet has co-authored articles in the Journal of Political Science Education, Educause Quarterly, and Collaborations in Liberal Arts Colleges in Support of Digital HumanitiesJanet holds an M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. @janettsimons


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Angel David Nieves, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Former Co-Director, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College

Angel David Nieves, Ph.D. is  co-founder and former Co-Director of Hamilton’s Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) which is recognized as a leader among small-liberal arts colleges in the Northeast (see, http://www.dhinitiative.org).  As Co-Director, he has raised over $2.7 million dollars in foundation and institutional support for digital humanities scholarship at Hamilton.  He is also Research Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.  He taught in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland, College Park, from 2003-2008.  Nieves’s scholarly work and community-based activism critically engage with issues of race and the built environment in cities across the Global South.  His co-edited book “We Shall Independent Be:” African American Place-Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the U.S. was published in 2008.  He is completing a manuscript entitled, An Architecture of Education: African American Women Design the New South, with the University of Rochester Press for their series “Gender and Race in American History” (forthcoming, 2018).  Nieves is also currently working on a new volume in the Debates in the Digital Humanities Series and on a special collaborative issue of American Quarterly (2018) on DH in the field of American Studies.  He is co-editor (w/Kim Gallon, Purdue) of a new book series at the University of Georgia Press, The Black Spatial Humanities: Theories, Methods, and Praxis in Digital Humanities.  He serves on the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) Committee on Information Technology (2016-2019).  He was most recently appointed to the Board of New York State’s Humanities Council (2017-2020).  His digital research and scholarship have been featured on MSNBC.com and in Newsweek International.His digital scholarship can be found at http://www.apartheidheritages.org