GW Global Shakespeares Symposium (2014).

GW Global Shakespeares Symposium (2014). Prof. Ayanna Thompson (left) in conversation with director Julie Taymor (center) and actor Harry Lennix (right) on the Bard’s role in the global market and digital archives. [Photo: Shakespeare Standard]

On this site you can find a listing of DH-related events at GW. Events listed in bold were organized or co-sponsored by the DH Institute. Unless otherwise indicated, all events listed are free and open to the public.

The George Washington University’s Medieval & Early Modern Studies Institute’s Sixth Annual Shakespeare Lecture

Monstrous Devices or Shakespeare Machines? Can Computers Read Hamlet for you?

Dr. Jonathan Hope

Friday, September 8, 2017, 4-5:30 pm
Post Hall GWU’s Mount Vernon Campus

Free and Open to the Public

HopeIn this talk, Professor Hope will explore how computers, digital texts, data visualization, and statistics are changing the ways we read Shakespeare. In it, Professor Hope takes up questions like: How are Shakespeare’s plays different if we convert them into bags of words instead of books of pages or speeches on stages? What if we count the words instead of reading them? What if machines allow us to read everything his contemporaries printed at the same time we read Shakespeare? In doing so, Professor Hope shows how readily available tools can provide an “in” to texts that might surprise your professors and reveal how everything people tell you about Shakespeare’s inventive vocabulary is wrong. Using these tools we’ll see instead how surprisingly average Shakespeare turns out to be.

Dr. Jonathan Hope is a professor at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and a contributor to the Mellon-funded, interdisciplinary project Visualizing English Print. He is the author of numerous books, including Shakespeare and Language: (Arden 2010), Shakespeare's Grammar (Arden 2003), and The Authorship of Shakespeare's Plays (Cambridge UP 1994). His teaching and research focuses on the intersection of language and literature: he uses techniques from linguistics to explore literary texts as evidence for the linguistic history of English. 


Spring 2016

Apr 7-8: GW Composing Disability Symposium 2016 (“Crip Ecologies” or #CompDis16) with concluding DH Roundtable (“Digital Amphibians: Parallel Lives and Media Publics”); full conference schedule with more info here. Featuring Alexis Lothian (UMD), Women’s Studies scholar focusing on fandom studies, speculative fiction, social justice, and digital media; David Perry (Dominican University), a disability journalist, activist, and author; Rachel Vorona Cote (freelance writer); and Alice Wong (UCSF), Founder and Project Coordinator of the Disability Visibility Project (participating virtually). Note this full archive of #CompDis16 live tweets and this Alice Wong’s curation of live-tweets from the “Digital Amphibians” roundtable.

“Composing Disability” was co-sponsored by the GW Digital Humanities Institute, Disability Support Services, Department of English, GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, and University Writing Program.

Feb 12: Second Annual GW Interdisciplinary Digital Humanities (DH) Showcase. Co-sponsored by XD@GW (Office of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration, directed by Diane H. Cline) and GW Libraries. Presenters representing Classics, The Elliott School, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Philosophy, Statistics, Health Sciences, the DC Africana Archives Project, and more. Full information with program here.

Fall 2015

Dec 10: Launch event for the XD@GW Faculty Cooperative.

Oct 21 and 27: Open Access Salons hosted by GW Libraries.

Oct 8: Vexed Texts: Recoding Cultures. Interdisciplinary multimedia conversation co-organized by the DH Institute and MEMO (Medieval Electronic Multimedia Organization). Participants: Alexa Huang (Co-Director, DH Institute); Anna Wilson (University of Toronto), Carol L. Robinson (MEMO), Kendra Preston Leonard (Director, Silent Film Sound & Music Archive), Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group; see the full conference program.

Oct 2-3: “Transformative Digital Humanities: Doing Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, Disability, and Class in DH” and THATCamp #TransformDH at University of Maryland; more info here.

Spring 2015

Feb 20: Inaugural GW Digital Humanities (DH) Showcase. International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center, 7th Floor, Gelman Library [org. by the DH Institute with Shira Loev Eller (Art and Design Librarian, Gelman Library); co-sponsored by GW Libraries and the CCAS Office of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration; included participants from Classics, English, GW Libraries, History, Japanese, Jewish Cultural Arts, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum]. Read the call for presenters here or here; access presentation abstracts here.

Jan 30: GW Digital Humanities Symposium: Disrupting DH, Jack Morton Auditorium. Featuring Angela Bennett Segler (creator of Material Piers), Eileen Joy (Director, punctum books), Dorothy Kim (medievalist, feminist, digital humanist), Roopika Risam (Co-founder, Postcolonial Digital Humanities), Jesse Stommel (Director, Hybrid Pedagogy), and Suey Park (Co-founder, Killjoy Prophets). [organized in collaboration with collaboration with the Department of English, Creative Writing, Department of History, Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Program, Disability Support Services, GW Libraries, GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, and the DH Graduate Working Group]. Read a summary with related blog posts here.

Jan 12 and 13: Rebecca Laroche (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs) speaks about the Early Modern Recipes Online Collective (EMROC). Organized by Prof. Holly Dugan [co-sponsored by the  GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute].

Fall 2014

Dec 5: Bruce Holsinger (University of Virgina): Plagues, Witches, and War: A MOOC Postmortem [in collaboration with the GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, English, and Creative Writing].

Oct 31: Interdisciplinary Panel: Writing and Publishing in LGBT Studies [org. by GW Libraries]. Moderated by Jonathan Hsy (Digital Humanities Institute); featuring Kimberly Acquaviva (Nursing), Lisa Bowleg (Applied Social Psychology), Robert McRuer (English), and Bonnie Morris (Women’s Studies). Watch a video of the entire event.

Oct 22: Prof. Diane H. Cline (History), “The Social Networks of Socrates in Classical Athens: SNA and the Digital Humanities.” Faculty seminar series for the Department of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering (EMSE) in the School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS).

Aug 1: Brown Bag Lunch on the digital humanities [org. by Prof. Naomi Schoenbaum and other faculty in the GW Law School].


May 12: Programming Workshop with Prof. Daniel DeWispelare (English), org. by Maia Gil’Adi, for the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA).

Apr 26: THATCamp, org. by Prof. Diane H. Cline (History). Read more about the event in this invitation (PDF or Word). Read more here on the GW DH Institute blog (M Bychowski); see also this posting (by Tawnya Ravy on the GW Graduate English DH Working Group blog) and this archive of tweets (M Bychowski).

Apr 19: Omeka Tutorial (org. by Tawnya Ravy), featuring Patrick Murray-John (George Mason University).

Apr 5: Programming/Coding/Database Tutorial with Prof. Daniel DeWispelare (English), org. by Maia Gil’Adi, for EGSA.

Feb 24: Claire Pettitt (King’s College, London): Mermaids, Cables, and the Deep Sea: The Telegraphic Imaginary in the 19th Century [co-sponsors: History, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences].

Feb 18: Joe Harris (University of Delaware), Teaching Digital Writing (org. by Prof. Derek Malone-France) [co-sponsor: University Writing Program, Academy of Distinguished Teachers].

Feb 20: #AltAc/#PostAc: Rethinking the PhD Job Search in the Humanities (org. by Prof. Holly Dugan), feat. Sarah Werner (Digital Media Strategist, Folger Shakespeare Library), Evan Rhodes (Executive Advisor, Corporate Executive Board), Meredith Hindley (National Endowment for the Humanities), Alyssa Harad (author and blogger); Miriam Posner (Digital Humanities Program Coordinator, UCLA) invited remotely [co-sponsors: Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, Graduate Dean of CCAS]. For more, listen to this podcast. Read about this event in this archive of tweets by @EstherRawson. Sarah Werner also posted her presentation online.

Jan 24-25: Global Shakespeares Symposium (org. by Prof. Alexa Huang and Prof. Ayanna Thompson) [co-sponsors: Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare, English, Gelman Library]. Full coverage of this event in The Shakespeare Standard.

FALL 2013

Nov 14: Eileen Joy (Director, punctum books), Freedom, Responsibility, E-Publishing, and Building New Cultural-Intellectual Publics [co-sponsors: Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, Gelman Library]. Read the full text of the talk here.

Sep 12: Andrew Jewell (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Digital Scholarship and Careers in the Humanities (org. Prof. Ann Romines).

Sep 6: Mike Witmore (Director, Folger Shakespeare Library), Addressing the Text: Reflections on Shakespeare, Digital Access, and Libraries [co-sponsors: Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare, GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute].


Jan 24-26: Inaugural GW Digital Humanities Symposium [org. by Prof. Alexa Huang, Prof. Jonathan Hsy, Prof. Daniel DeWispelare, and Prof. Patricia Chu, with significant assistance from Emily Russell and GW English. Co-sponsors: Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Program, GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, School of Engineering & Applied Science, English, Disability Support Services, Computer Sciences, University Libraries, University Honors Program, University Writing Program, Writing in the Disciplines, Women’s Leadership Program, Theatre & Dance, East Asian Languages & Literatures, and the GW Language Center.] For more, visit the online guidebook associated with the event and read this archive of tweets; also check out this interview with the co-organizers.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s