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Friday, November 15

8:30am EST

Registration and Coffee
Friday November 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:15am EST
Alderman 421 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

9:15am EST

Welcome Remarks
John Unsworth, Dean of the Library, Megan Ward, and Alison Booth will start off the conference, with thanks to sponsors and organizers.


Megan Ward

"Spectral Imging and the Specter of Imperial Exploration: Livingstone Online", Oregon State University

Alison Booth

"Gender, Space, and Networks: Collective Biographies of Women", University of Virginia

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John Unsworth

Dean of the Library, University of Virginia Library

Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 9:30am EST
Harrison-Small Auditorium

9:30am EST

Roundtable: Wishful Data
We all know the historical record is full of gaps, but what might new methods of analysis bring to light? Can new tech reveal new histories or is data not the answer to understanding the past?
(Adrian Wisnicki will be presenting Dino Felluga's paper)

Moderated by Rennie Mapp.


Dino Felluga

Purdue University

Meegan Kennedy

Florida State University

Chelsea Miya

University of Alberta

Friday November 15, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am EST
Harrison-Small Auditorium

11:00am EST

Coffee Break
Friday November 15, 2019 11:00am - 11:15am EST
Harrison-Small Auditorium

11:15am EST

Panel: Data Against "Knowledge"
Each of these papers investigates using data-driven approaches to read against the grain of dominant narratives of knowledge creation in genres such as travel writing, library subscriptions, and encyclopedias. What can the idea of "knowledge" tell us about the culture that produced it? And how is data distinguishable from knowledge itself? Moderated by Tom Berenato


Heidi Kaufman

"Archive Creation: Subscription Data and East End Literary Culture", University of Oregon

Margaret Linley

"Machine Reading and Decolonial Victorian Studies", Simon Fraser University

Peter Logan

"Transforming Nineteenth-Century Knowledge", Temple University

Friday November 15, 2019 11:15am - 12:45pm EST
Byrd/Morris Seminar Room
  • NEW FIELD 1 Paper Titles

11:15am EST

Panel: Data Networks
Using linked open data and propospographical networks, these papers re-interpret cultural phenomena such as celebrity, feminism, and enslavement through networked historical data. What ethical obligations inhere when visualizing historical data? And what might we learn from new structures of old information? Moderated by Julie Dauer.


Anelise Shrout

"Digital Prosopography, Networks, and 'Decolonized' Data", Bates College

Jana Smith Elford

"Charting Late-Victorian Feminist Activism with RDF: A Case Study of the Women's Progressive Society", University of Alberta

Stephen Webb

"Byron's Library Dispersed: A Human-Bookish Prosopographical Network Linking Romantic Celebrity to Victorian Disavowal", University of Alberta

Friday November 15, 2019 11:15am - 12:45pm EST
Harrison-Small Auditorium

12:45pm EST

Catered Lunch
Friday November 15, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm EST
Alderman 421 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

1:45pm EST

Roundtable: Decolonizing Data
How did data rule the Victorian empire? How do we decolonize Victorian data? How might postcolonial or global data help us expand our idea of the Victorian world?

Moderated by Mrinalini Chakravorty.


Jennifer Hayward (collaborator: Michelle Prain Brice)

College of Wooster and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

Catherine Holochwost

La Salle University

Eavan O’Dochartaigh

Umeå Universitet

Sean Smith

Rice University

Friday November 15, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm EST
Harrison-Small Auditorium

3:15pm EST

Coffee Break
Friday November 15, 2019 3:15pm - 3:30pm EST
Harrison-Small Auditorium

3:30pm EST

Panel: New Data, Old Questions
What is "old" and what is "new" when it comes to data-driven methods? These papers answer this question by using new techniques to re-examine older claims, seeing new methods as the answer to old problems, and by arguing that what we now understand to be "new" and "old" might actually have been fundamental to our discipline all along. Moderated by Lara Musser.


Sarah Allison

"Religion, Geography, Travel, Education, Science, Medicine, Law, Politics, Sociology, Economics, Military, Naval, Logic, Philosophy” or, “The HathiTrust Corpus minus Fiction, Poetry and Drama”, Loyola University New Orleans

Alison Byerly

"System Update: Using Data from the Times Digital Archive To Validate an Earlier Hypothesis", Lafayette College

Yohei Igarashi

"Philological Data: Early Literary Studies and the Case of the Concordance Society", University of Connecticut

Friday November 15, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Byrd/Morris Seminar Room

3:30pm EST

Roundtable and Workshop: Pedagogy
Drawing on a bank of shared teaching materials, each panelist will offering a guiding principle for digital or data-driven pedagogies. This will be an interactive panel in which audience members brainstorm and share pedagogical strategies. Moderated by Maeve Adams.


Maeve Adams

Manhattan College

Jay Clayton

Vanderbilt University

Emma Davenport

Duke University

Catherine DeRose

Yale University

Abigail Mann

University of North Caroline - Pembroke

Friday November 15, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Harrison-Small Auditorium

5:00pm EST

Digital Humanities at UVA
We have invited faculty and graduate students at the University of Virginia to introduce their digital projects in lightning talks followed by discussion. Come meet our fascinating colleagues! Moderated by Alison Booth. 


Herbert F. Tucker

University of Virginia

John O'Brien

University of Virginia
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Cristina Richieri Griffin

University of Virginia

Ankita Chakrabarti

University of Virginia

Jerome McGann

University of Virginia

Brad Pasanek

University of Virginia

Friday November 15, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Harrison-Small Auditorium

6:00pm EST

Reception and Buffet Supper
Open wine and beer bar; ample hot and cold tapas-size appetizers and entrees, cheeses, spreads, and desserts. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options. Table seating.

Friday November 15, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm EST
The Garden Room
Saturday, November 16

8:30am EST

Registration and Coffee
Saturday November 16, 2019 8:30am - 9:15am EST
Alderman 421 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

9:15am EST

Roundtable: Bad Data
Do we know bad data when we see it? Why might bad data be worse than no data at all? Examples of Victorian data that did harm, or algorithms of oppression?  When might more data be illusory?

Moderated by Amanda Visconti. 


Troy Bassett

Purdue University Fort Wayne

Julia Fuller

The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Allen Riddell

Indiana University

Amy Woodson-Boulton

Loyola Marymount University

Saturday November 16, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am EST
Harrison-Small Auditorium

10:45am EST

Coffee Break
Saturday November 16, 2019 10:45am - 11:00am EST
Harrison-Small Auditorium

11:00am EST

Panel: Genealogies of Data
This panel constructs four different genealogies of data: through ethics, time, graphics, and rubber. Each paper takes as its starting point a contemporary concept of data - data ethics, the operational present, the black box of data, and sustainable data - and unearths its Victorian origins. Moderated by Grace Vasington.


Paul Fyfe

"Data Ethics from Realism to the Right to be Forgotten", North Carolina State University

Alison Hedley

"Victorian Infographics and the History of Popular Data Literacy", McGill University

Richard Menke

"Towards a Natural History of Information: Gutta Percha in Borneo, in London, Along the Cable", University of Georgia

Saturday November 16, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
Harrison-Small Auditorium

11:00am EST

Panel: Literary Form as Data
What can new methods tell us about form and style beyond close reading? From sibling sets to the historical study of poetics, each presenter synthesizes a range of texts in order to offer new interpretations of familiar Victorian conventions such as character, vernacular, rhyme, and seriality. Moderated by Sarah Storti.


Karen Bourrier and Kelly Hager

"How Many Siblings had Philip Pirrup? Sibling Sets in the Victorian Novel", University of Calgary and Simmons University

Peter Capuano

“Enumerating the ‘Inimitable’: Text Mining, Charles Dickens, and the Vernacular Body”, University of Nebraska

Natalie Houston

"Rhyme Data and the Horizon of Poetic Expectation", University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Kristen Starkowski

"Social Networks and the Spinoff: Mapping Character Space in Oliver Twiss and Dombey and Daughter", Princeton University

Saturday November 16, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
Byrd/Morris Seminar Room

12:30pm EST

Lunch and Digital Showcase
Buffet lunch followed by a showcase of digital and data-driven projects. Watch project demos, ask questions, and experience a range of projects on Victorian literature and culture.


Alison Booth

"Gender, Space, and Networks: Collective Biographies of Women", University of Virginia

Scott Caddy

"Book Traces @ ASU", Arizona State University

Courtney Floyd and Eleanor Dumbill

"Victorian Scribblers", University of Virginia and Loughborough University

Kristin Jensen and Andrew Stauffer

“The Book Traces Project: Capturing the Marks of Reading”, University of Virginia

Living with Machines project team

"Living with Machines", Queen Mary University and The Alan Turing Institute

Miranda Marraccini

"The Victoria Press Circle", Princeton University

Renata Kobetts Miller

"Mapping Dion Boucicault's New York", The City College of New York

Liz Shand

"Close and Distant Reading in The Digital Woman's World", University of North Carolina

Megan Ward

"Spectral Imging and the Specter of Imperial Exploration: Livingstone Online", Oregon State University

Adrian Wisnicki

"Fieldwork of Empire (the Monograph) Meets Minimal Computing", University of Nebraska

Saturday November 16, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm EST
Alderman 421/Scholars' Lab

2:00pm EST

Roundtable: Living with Bias
This roundtable will use examples from Living with Machines (British Library and the Alan Turing Institute), which employs data from newspapers, autobiographies, censuses, the Microsoft nineteenth-century books corpus, Ordnance Survey maps and other geographical data. It will ask: Do we even want unbiased data?
Moderated by Rafael Alvarado.


Katie McDonough

"Bias in the Creation of Sources and Archives", The Alan Turing Institute

Daniel Wilson

"Bias in Historical Research", The Alan Turing Institute

Daniel Van Strien

"Bias in Access to Data", The British Library

Saturday November 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Harrison-Small Auditorium

3:30pm EST

Digital Humanities at UVA Tour
Meet in the main hall of Scholars' Lab near the Makerspace. Members of UVA research groups such as IATH and Data Science will show some projects, such as Faulkner's pipe and the Crystal Palace, and describe their activities, such as Praxis and the graduate DH Certificate. "Tour" can extend to any other sites, such as Poe's room, the Rotunda.

Saturday November 16, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm EST
Scholars' Lab / IATH

6:00pm EST

Explore Charlottesville: Literary Arts Self-Guided Tour and Optional Group Dinners
Sign up for restaurant reservations (pay your own way) or seek out one of the recommended restaurants. Before dinner, feel free to explore the literary arts in Charlottesville using our self-guided tour.

Saturday November 16, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm EST
  • NEW FIELD 1 Pay your own way