December 2015

Sessions at the 2016 MLA Convention related to digital humanities research, teaching, or the direction of the DH field, with some overlap with new media studies, writing studies, editing, and other topics. (Some sessions listed here are not centrally on DH but include at least one relevant paper.)

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This list is compiled by Alan Liu, U. California, Santa Barbara (with kudos to Mark Sample for the idea, based on his listing of MLA DH sessions at previous MLA conventions). Please send Alan corrections and notices of sessions he has missed:

List last revised: 23 Dec 2015

“Key Trends in Digital Humanities — How the Digital Humanities Challenge the Idea of the Humanities.” University of Victoria, Wellington. 1 December 2015. (Lecture delivered as part of a series in New Zealand during Fulbright Specialist residency at U. Canterbury, October-November, 2015.)

  • Abstract: How do such key methods in the digital humanities as data mining, mapping, visualization, social network analysis, and topic modeling make an essential difference in the idea of the humanities, and vice versa? Using examples of digital humanities research, Alan Liu speculates on the large questions that confront the humanities in the face of computational media–most importantly, questions about the nature and function of interpretive “meaning.”