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MATX Symposium: Critical Approaches to Digital Humanities



VCU Student Commons
907 Floyd Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284


Since the early 2000s, the Digital Humanities (DH) have been celebrated as a rebirth of, or even at times a replacement for, other forms of humanistic inquiry. While many DH events focus on the digital projects and tools DH scholars produce, this Symposium offers an opportunity for scholars and students to focus specifically on DH’s impact, both positive and negative, on the humanities.

The symposium will feature a keynote address by Tara McPherson, associate professor at the Critical Studies/School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, and a sought-after speaker on digital humanities, digital media and visual-culture research. The keynote address will be followed by two panel discussions focused on the current state of DH research within the humanities and transformative DH projects, with conversations, thought and dialogue regarding the impact of the DH research initiative in areas such as race, gender, place, security, technocultures, politics and higher education in the humanities. 

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please register in advance by e-mailing Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, or to register offline, please call (804) 828-0593 prior to March 14, 2014.


Registration is now closed.


Tara McPherson (keynote address)
Critical Studies/School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California

Fiona Barnett
Literature, DukeUniversity/HASTAC

Simone Browne
African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas-Austin

Natalia Cecire
English, Yale

David Golumbia
English & MATX Program, VCU

Brian Lennon
English & Comparative Literature, Penn State University

Amanda Phillips
English, University of California–Santa Barbara


The symposium is sponsored by VCU's interdisciplinary MATX Ph.D. program, with co-sponsorship and support from the VCU School of Arts, the VCU Department of English and VCU Libraries.


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