Conference Announcement: 2011 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science

Re-posted from the CenterNet Email List:
[Posted on behalf of Profs. George K. Thiruvathukal and Steven E. Jones at Loyola University Chicago, DHCS 2011 Co-Chairs]
We are pleased to announce that the program has been set for the 2011 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science ( which will be held November 19-21 at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, located in downtown Chicago on the Magnificent Mile. The Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS) brings together researchers and scholars in the humanities and computer science to examine the current state of digital humanities as a field of intellectual inquiry and to identify and explore new directions and perspectives for future research.
The (near) final program is available at
The registration form is available at
Information about the venue and nearby hotels is available at
This year’s DHCS is sponsored by Loyola University Chicago, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. We have also just received support from the IT Consultancy ThoughtWorks ( for this year’s reception on the main evening of the conference (Sunday, November 20).
We’re honored to announce our three keynote speakers at DHCS 2011:
Barbara Maria Stafford ( is the Distinguished University Visiting Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her work has consistently explored the intersections between the visual arts and the physical and biological sciences from the early modern to the contemporary era. Her current research charts the revolutionary ways the neurosciences are changing our views of the human and animal sensorium, shaping our fundamental assumptions about perception, sensation, emotion, mental imagery, and subjectivity. Stafford’s most recent book is Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images, University of Chicago Press, 2007. Her talk is entitled Visualizing Attention: The Need for Conscious Seeing in Visual Search.
Nick Montfort ( is associate professor of digital media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Montfort has collaborated on the blog Grand Text Auto, the sticker novelImplementation, and 2002: A Palindrome Story. He writes poems, text generators, and interactive fiction such as Book and Volume and Ad Verbum. Most recently, he has published Riddle & Bind (Spineless Books, 2010) and together with Ian Bogost, Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System (MIT Press, 2009). Montfort also wroteTwisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction (MIT Press, 2003) and co-edited The Electronic Literature Collection Volume 1 (ELO, 2006) and The New Media Reader (MIT Press, 2003). His talk will be focused on Platform Studies.
Ajita John ( began her research career at Bell Labs and is now a Research Scientist at Avaya Labs. Her work explores the interplay between social media and rich media interactions over audio and video and has proposed live collaborative tagging – a new form of tagging in the enterprise where participants in an audio conference collaboratively tag the conversation with freely-formed keywords. Her research has explored searching and browsing of tagged rich media and developed computational models for inferring expertise and macro-level properties for user communities in social networks. Her talk titled Conversations: Then and Now; How Social Media has Changed Interactions and Perspectives will focus on the impact of social media feedback for conversations in the enterprise and in public forums, techniques to integrate the feedback into persisted conversations, and visual perspectives in information retrieval for social media-based content. Ajita holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin, has authored numerous conference and journal papers, book chapters, and holds several patents.
Please see for additional details.
We encourage you to register as soon as possible at Space at the venue is limited to approximately 150 attendees. We look forward to seeing you at Loyola University Chicago.
George K. Thiruvathukal and Steven E. Jones
Loyola University Chicago
Co-Chairs, DHCS 2011