On Campus | Alumni
Friday, January 24, 2014, 1:30 – 3:30pm
University of California Los Angeles
Workshop: "Developing a Curriculum in Urban Humanities/Digital Humanities"
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Richter Library 3rd Floor Digital Exploratory
This workshop will focus on methods, tools, technologies, and curricular issues for these interdisciplinary paradigms.RSVP: www.as.miami.edu/rsvp/ToddPresnerWorkshop*****Todd Presner is Professor of Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies at UCLA. He is the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, Chair of the Digital Humanities Program (http://www.digitalhumanities.ucla.edu), and Director of the HyperCities project. His research focuses on European intellectual history, the history of media, visual culture, digital humanities, and cultural geography. He is the author of two books: The first, Mobile Modernity: Germans, Jews, Trains (Columbia University Press, 2007), maps German-Jewish intellectual history onto the development of the railway system; the second, Muscular Judaism: The Jewish Body and the Politics of Regeneration (Routledge, 2007), analyzes the aesthetic dimensions of the strong Jewish body. He is co-author with Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, and Jeffrey Schnapp of Digital_Humanities (MIT Press, 2012), a critical-theoretical exploration of this complex, emerging field. Presner is the founder and director of HyperCities, a collaborative, digital mapping platform that explores the layered histories of city spaces. Awarded one of the first "digital media and learning" prizes by the MacArthur Foundation/HASTAC in 2008, HyperCities is an interactive, web-based research and teaching environment for authoring and analyzing the cultural, architectural, and urban history of cities. In the field of Digital Humanities, his current research focus on the development of the geo-spatial web, digital publications, issues of temporality and GIS, and the technical media that enable visualizations of complex city spaces. Together with Willeke Wendrich, Diane Favro, and Jan Reiff, he is one of the co-director's of UCLA's new undergraduate Keck Program in Digital Cultural Mapping. Together with Phil Ethington (USC, PI), the HyperCities project recently won a Haynes Foundation Grant for "Mapping LA Research Online" and, under the leadership of David Shepard (HyperCities, Technical Lead), a Google Digital Humanities Grant for "Geo-Scribe" (a map mark-up tool integrated with Google's Book Search).