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Registration Open: Digital Pragmata series for faculty and grad students

March 10, 2013

How scholars and artists share their work is changing. More and more, arts and humanities scholarship, creative activity and teaching occurs in the digital environment. VCU Libraries' new forum, "Digital Pragmata" (Digital Things) will explore these trends and techniques in modern scholarship, teaching and creative work.

"Digital pragmata flourish at the nexus of research, teaching and creativity," said John Glover, assistant professor and reference librarian for the humanities. Glover is organizing the sessions along with Kristina Keogh, assistant professor and reference librarian for the arts. Digital pragmata can be textual databases, creative visualizations of information, multimedia explorations, collaboratively annotated maps, course-related blogs and a thousand other projects. Digital objects can be wildly creative, deeply complex or simple communication tools.
"In working with faculty in various departments, we see a need to broaden the conversation about digital material," said Keogh, who is also a doctoral candidate in art history. Instructors requiring the creation of digital objects are scattered across all disciplines. "We want to bring together faculty and graduate students from a range of disciplines to learn and share ideas."
These sessions are free and open to all. Space is limited. Please register.  
The March 26 and April 25 panels will be recorded and shared online. 
For more information contact Glover at or Keogh at
March 26
1 to 3 p.m., followed by reception
Visualizing the Digital
Design, ideas and platforms 
  • Edward L. Ayers, president, University of Richmond, pioneer in the digital humanities
  • Amanda French, THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) coordinator, Center for History and New Media, George Mason University
  • Emily Smith, executive director, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, curator and creator of InLight Richmond
  • Moderator: Roy D. McKelvey, associate professor, Department of Graphic Design, VCU, co-founder of Loop: AIGAJournal of Interactive Design Education
April 25
1 to 3 p.m., followed by a reception
Crafting Content
Creation, scholarship and organization
May 2
Noon to 2 p.m.
Funding Innovation
Avenues, resources and project support 
  • Jessica Venable, grant analyst, Office of Research, VCU
  • David Holland, research and entrepreneurship specialist, School of the Arts, VCU 
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