Weekly Roundup: October 23 – 30


Halloween Party October 29th at 9 p.m.

RSVP to our Facebook page event here:https://www.facebook.com/events/1428900530458331/  (and be sure to join the group if you haven’t yet!)

Ph.D. Committee Workshop 

Save the date! EGO PhD Committee round-table on Thursday, November 10 from 12-1 p.m. (location TBA)

Do you need to talk with other PhD students about putting together committees for exams? And choosing and managing your mentors, too? If you are interested in attending, please save the date, and we will let you know further details on food possibilities and location.
MA Prospectus Workshop 
For MA students planning on completing a Culminating Project, EGO is hosting a discussion with alumni of the MA program about composing a prospectus. The workshop will be Thursday, November 17th at 12 p.m. More details on location and food possibilities TBA.
Digital Media Research

Rick Wysocki is the digital media research assistant this year. He will have open hours in the Mac Lab (HUM 204) all semester to help Faculty, Graduate Students, and Students with multimodal and digital projects. His hours are Mondays and Fridays from 1-2 p.m. From Rick: “As mentioned above, I’m happy to help people across the university with their digital/multimodal projects. It is also a good thing for teachers to let their students know about if they need access to a computer or specifically to a Mac.”


Deirdre Lynch, Harvard University talk on “Poems out of Place and Books Unbound”

  • Friday, November 4
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • HM 205

*Check out the Writing Center events calendar for upcoming writing events.

*Check out the PLAN Workshop series through the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies for professional development workshop opportunities.


CAA Session Abstract:

Some institutions place the discipline of archaeology within the Social Sciences, others in the Humanities. On-the-ground reality is that archaeology is inherently interdisciplinary cross-cutting also the natural and computer sciences. The rapid growth of Digital Humanities (DH)–intersection of computing and humanities–in the past decade has led to a two-way relationship between archaeology and digital humanities. Given that archaeology is inherently spatial and temporal, archaeology is particularly contributing to the spatial humanities–a sub-field of digital humanities turning to space and time as a means to (re)contextualize old questions and formulate new ones. However, this relationship is not one-way! In this session, participants explore the impact of archaeology on Digital Humanities and vice versa, the impact of digital humanities on archaeology remembering that the two are not mutually-exclusive.
As for the digital, archaeologists were early adopters of computing technologies with the first CAA conference in 1973. In the 1980s, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) became an archaeological mainstay, and for the past ten years GIS has infused momentum into the spatial humanities, taking center stage as the spatio-temporal tool to create new methods and interpretations. Recently, 3D technologies and 3D content seem to be explicitly bridging archaeology and spatial humanities with an intertwined emphasis on digital cultural heritage.
In this session, we seek participants who are exploring methodological, technical, and theoretical issues related to space and time that cross-cut archaeology and digital humanities with particular emphasis on the impacts of:
  • computing technologies on exchange and development of cross-disciplinary methods
  • affordances of web-based and desktop technologies for research
  • linked data and digital narratives, e.g., network analysis or digital editions of excavations reports
  • open spatial data challenges
  • role of theoretical paradigms from diverse disciplines on digital approaches and technological developments for cultural studies
Access to digital collections enriches investigations in the field of cultural heritage by opening boundaries to enable big data analysis and foster cross-disciplinary collaboration. To exemplify the roles these impacts and persistent challenges have on potential revolutionary change across archaeology and digital humanities, participants present use studies and archaeological information systems. Archaeologists have been using GIS for several decades, and digital humanists, substantially influenced by archaeology, have recently begun to experiment with the potential of GIS.
As the hallmark of digital humanities, but not yet not typically used in archaeology, text-annotation, semi-automated named-entity recognition (NER), and other text-encoding techniques can be used to map place-information out of large corpora or databases to enrich archaeological studies.
Archaeological travelogues exemplify the intersection of archaeology and digital humanities–spatial information can be visualized and analysed in geo-browser or web-GIS creating digital narratives, and if these narratives are linked to archaeological data that could be parsed and data mined, they would augment existing archaeological methods. Use cases will clarify the state of the art based on heterogeneous data sets such as text, images, maps, etc.  that are often (or could be) embedded in a spatial context.
Both archaeology and digital humanities have key competencies that are often overlooked by each other, and we seek participants for this session to illustrate that scholars are becoming explicitly aware that the symbiotic relationships between the twocan and is opening innovative research avenues for both.