#arthistory: Mining Social Media to Historicize the Contemporary

Slides from my talk for the #arlis2015 panel “Creating New Worlds: The Digital Humanities and the Future of Art Research Methodologies


The ubiquity of image- and video- based social media platforms like InstaGram, Tumblr, and Vine give art history students an opportunity to engage dynamically with contemporary imagery in a live setting. This paper will describe how engaging critically with images in social media can provide valuable insights into audience response to contemporary and historical art, along with an ever-changing catalog of the contemporary gaze; as well as offering students exposure to concepts of metadata, text mining, information literacy, data visualization, and copyright and fair use.

I recorded the talk and will transcribe it later this week.


Digital Frontiers 2014

For the past three years I’ve had the honor to be the Director of Digital Frontiers, the best little digital humanities conference in Texas. The conference is truly interdisciplinary, bringing together scholars, students, librarians, archivists, and members of the community engaged with using digital resources for humanities research, teaching, and learning. My welcome address from DF2014 is here. If you’d like to see more, including Keynote addresses by Dorothea Salo and Miriam Posner, visit the UNT Digital Libraries Digital Frontiers Collection.

And watch the website – the CFP for DF2015 at UT-Dallas will be out in January!