Digital & Environmental Humanities - Guest Lecture
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Dr Charles Travis, Trinity College Dublin
Digital and Environmental Humanities - Bloomsday's Big Data: Tweetflickrtubing James Joyce's Ulysses (1922)
The lecture will start at 13.30, after it there will be space for the Q&A session. The event will end by 15.00. A buffet lunch will be available from 13.00. Guest-lecture events are free to attend, but places are limited so please register in advance to secure your place.
As one of the most significant depictions of urban modernity, James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922) is playfully reconceived in the digital age as a “Big-Data” novel (consisting of 18 episodes, 933 pages, 265,000 words, and containing a lexicon of 30,030 terms, titles and expressions). Joyce famously boasted that his aim in writing the novel was “to give a picture of Dublin so complete that if the city one day suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of my book.” Ironically, it is now Ulysses that is being digitally repurposed by social media, during annual Bloomsday celebrations in Dublin, as well as globally. Dr Charles Travis’ talk will discuss the wider implications of a Digital Environmental Humanities Geographical Information System / Neo-geography model which was originally created to conduct participatory, performative and augmented reality mappings and analyses of the relations between literary and historical discursive practice, social media language activity, and digital eco-system productions of social cultural and urban space.
Dr Charles Travis, PhD Geography, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is currently a senior research fellow with the Trinity Long Room Hub and is conducting research in literary, historical, cultural and human geography, the digital and environmental humanities and the development of digital humanities and geographical information systems methodologies and applications. He is editorial board member of the journal Literary Geography. He published the books "Abstract Machine: Humanities GIS" (Esri Press: 2015) "History and GIS: Epistemologies, Reflections and Considerations" (Springer Press: 2012- with Alexander Von Lunen) and "Literary Landscapes: Geographies of Irish Stories, 1929-1946" (Mellen:2009). His work also appears in the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, CITY, and other peer-reviewed publications. He has been a university level teacher in Ireland and the United States for over 12 years, and has published his work in books, edited collection and internationally peer-reviewed journals.