Speaker Profiles

aandersonAdam Anderson is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanities. His work brings together the fields of archaeology and computational linguistics to quantify the social and economic landscapes emerging during the late third to early second millennia in the ancient Near East. Collaborating with BPS @BerkeleyProsop to visualize early Assyrian and Sumerian social networks, Anderson’s research focuses on tracking the flow people and the exchange of commodities in Bronze Age societies (2100-1800 B.C.). His dissertation, “The Old Assyrian Social Network,” combines classical philological methods with natural language processing and social network analysis, to disambiguate the actors, cliques and groups found in a text corpus of 6,000 cuneiform tablets. His work shows how networks of internally related archives provide a means of mapping the overlapping data sets from ancient texts and modern archaeological records, to explain the hierarchical roles and positions of individuals and groups within a society.

JD_photoJohanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. A collection of her essays, What Is? (Cuneiform Press) was published in 2013 and Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production (Harvard University Press) appeared in 2014. Digital_Humanities , co-authored with Anne Burdick, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp, (MIT Press) was published in 2012. In addition to her academic work, Drucker has produced artist‘s books and projects that were the subject of a retrospective, Druckworks: 40 years of books and projects, that began at Columbia College in Chicago in 2012. She is currently working on a database memoire, ALL the books I never wrote or wrote and never published. Recent creative projects include Diagrammatic Writing (Onomatopée, 2014), Stochastic Poetics (Granary, 2012), and Fabulas Feminae (Litmus Press, 2015). In 2014 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and awarded an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts by the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017.

PictureArianna Campiani is a part of the Catalyst Project as a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Merced, under the supervision of Professor Nicola Lercari. She received her PhD in Architecture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico with a Dissertation that focused on the study of the urban form and the use of space at the two Classic Maya cities of Palenque and Chinikihá (Chiapas, Mexico). Arianna is interested in ancient urbanism, spatial analysis, photogrammetry, topographic surveys and in the way 3Ddata can enhance research from several perspectives, as to understand the relationship between people and their surrounding built environment or in the way this kind of information improve the interpretation of architectural and archaeological remains, as well as their conservation.

sdkSpencer D. C. Keralis is Research Associate Professor and Head for Digital Humanities and Collaborative Programs with the Public Services Division of the University of North Texas Libraries. He holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from New York University. His research has appeared in Book History, American Periodicals, and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) reports The Problem of Data (2012) and Research Data Management: Principles, Practices, and Prospects (2013). Dr. Keralis’s work on labor ethics in digital humanities pedagogy is forthcoming in Disrupting the Digital Humanities, and the Modern Language Association publication Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments. He is the Founding Director of Digital Frontiers, the largest and longest-running digital humanities conference in the Southwest. Follow him on Twitter for updates, opinions, and pictures of cats: @hauntologist.

PhotoBioRitaLucarelliRita Lucarelli is an Assistant Professor of Egyptology at the Near Eastern Studies Department of the University of California, Berkeley. She is also an Assistant Curator of Egyptology at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology of the University of California, Berkeley and a Fellow of the Digital Humanities in Berkeley. Her research interests include religion, magic and science in ancient Egypt and in Antiquity, ancient Egyptian funerary literature, demonology in ancient Egypt and Antiquity and the application of Digital Humanities tools and techniques in Egyptology.

She is presently leading a project aiming at realizing 3D models of ancient Egyptian coffins at the Hearst Museum and in other ancient Egyptian collections in California, for which she has received already three consecutive grants (2014-2017) sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and DH of UC Berkeley within the project: “Capacity Building and Integration in the Digital Humanities.” For this project, the magical spells decorating these objects are taken as a case-study for investigating the materiality of the text in relation to ancient Egyptian funerary literature.

Rita Lucarelli is also completing a monograph on demonology in ancient Egypt and she is one of the coordinators of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: http://www.demonthings.com.

From 2009 to 2012, she worked on the Book of the Dead Project at the University of Bonn, Germany, which has produced an online database of over 4000 Book of the Dead sources kept in museums and private collections around the world (http://totenbuch.awk.nrw.de//.)

Rita Lucarelli is the author of one monograph (“The Book of the Dead of Gatseshen: Ancient Egyptian Funerary Religion in the 10th Century BC.”) published in 2006 in the Egyptological Series “Egyptologisches Uitgaven” of Leiden University and of one edited book on Book of the Dead studies published in 2010 by Harrassowitz for the series “Studien zum Altägyptischen Totenbuch.“ She is the author of several scholarly articles, which appeared in peer reviewed Egyptological journals and volumes.

stace_profile_image_small_0Mr. Stace D Maples. As the Geospatial Manager at The Stanford Geospatial Center I provide support and collaboration to the Stanford research community in capturing and making sense of the “where” of their work.  My work mapping the research interests of scholars has taken me from the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard, to Kurdish Northeastern Syria, to the most remote areas of the Mongolian/Chinese border.  An archaeologist by training and a technologist by temperament, I am interested in all aspects of mapping, from the aerial imaging of archaeological sites using kites and balloons, to the development of platforms for the gathering of volunteer geographic information. I have over 18 years of experience using Geographic Information Systems and Geotechnology for research and teaching, with expertise in a broad range of geospatial and supporting software and hardware.

Palenque Temp 2013 (46)Esteban Mirón Marván is an archaeology PhD student at UC Berkeley. He has worked for the last fifteen years in the Palenque region of the Maya Northwestern Lowlands, southern Mexico. He is interested in ceramic studies and their potential to discuss about communities of practice and social relations entangled together by the production, distribution, storage, and food consumption functionalities of pottery containers. Research on this type of artifacts requires a good amount of digital methods to record the archaeological context on excavation as well as the physical properties of the ceramic vessels. For this reason he has been implementing photogrametry in excavations and ceramic objects.

Mullaney_Stanford_loresThomas S. Mullaney is Associate Professor of Chinese History at Stanford University, and Curator of the international exhibition, Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age.

He is the author of The Chinese Typewriter: A History (MIT Press 2017), Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China (UC Press, 2010), and principal editor of Critical Han Studies: The History, Representation and Identity of China’s Majority (UC Press, 2011). His writings have appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies, Technology & Culture, Aeon, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy, and his work has been featured in the LA Times, The Atlantic, the BBC, and in invited lectures at Google, Microsoft, Adobe, and more. He holds a PhD from Columbia University.

His new book, The Chinese Typewriterexamines China’s development of a modern, nonalphabetic information infrastructure encompassing telegraphy, typewriting, word processing, and computing. This project has received three major awards and fellowships, including the 2013 Usher Prize, a three-year National Science Foundation fellowship, and a Hellman Faculty Fellowship. The sequel to this work – The Chinese Computer: A Global History of the Information Age – will be released on MIT Press later, and will be featured in the Weatherhead Asian Series.

He also directs Digital Humanities Asia (DHAsia), a program at Stanford University focused on East, South, Southeast, and Inner/Central Asia. DHAsia was recently the recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar fellowship.

NeimerBorn in Switzerland in 1967, Greg Niemeyer studied Classics and Photography. He started working with new media when he arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1992. He received his MFA from Stanford University in New Media in 1997. At the same time, he founded the Stanford University Digital Art Center. In 2001 was appointed at UC Berkeley as a Professor for New Media. He is involved in the Center for New Media, focusing on the critical analysis of the impact of new media on human experiences. His creative work focuses on the mediation between individuals, communities and environments. Selected projects include Gravity (Cooper Union, NYC, 1997), PING (SFMOMA, 2001), Oxygen Flute (SJMA, 2002), Ping 2.0 (Paris, La Villette Numerique, 2004), Organum Playtest (BAMPFA 2005),  Good Morning Flowers (SFIFF 2006, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt, 2006), Maldives Pavillion (Venice Biennale, 2013), gnosisong (CCD Mexico City, 2015), //supraliminal (ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2017), blackcloud.org, sevenairs.org, polartide.org, gifcollider.com, tsarbell.com and radioflux.org.

jenny odell profile

Jenny Odell is an Oakland-based visual artist whose work makes use of secondhand imagery and vernacular online sources. Because her practice exists at the intersection of research and aesthetics, she has often been compared to a natural scientist. Her work has been exhibited at the Google Headquarters, Les Rencontres D’Arles, Arts Santa Monica, Fotomuseum Antwerpen, La Gaîté lyrique (Paris), the Made in NY Media Center, Apexart (NY), the Lishui Photography Festival (China) and East Wing (Dubai). In 2016, Odell created a mural for the side of a Google data center in Pryor, Oklahoma. Odell currently teaches studio art at Stanford University.

tpadilla_200x239Thomas Padilla is Visiting Digital Research Services Librarian at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He publishes, presents, and teaches widely on digital scholarship, digital collections, Humanities data, data curation, and data information literacy. He is Principal Investigator of the Institute of Museum and Library Services supported, Collections as Data. Thomas is a member of the Association for Computers and the Humanities Executive Council (2017-2021), the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities Executive Council, the Integrating digital humanities into the web of scholarship with SHARE Advisory Board, and the ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence Advisory Group. Thomas serves as an Editor for dh + lib Data Praxis. Thomas is a regular instructor at the Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching Institute (HILT).

Amy Pavel is a PhD student in Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation research focuses on applying algorithmic techniques and human-computer interaction principles in developing new text-based interfaces for navigating videos. Her projects include interfaces for exploring educational lecture videos, films, and video critiques. More recently, she has worked to understand how people view and interact with 360° videos. She is advised by professors Björn Hartmann at UC Berkeley and Maneesh Agrawala at Stanford, and her research is supported by an NDSEG fellowship.

posnerMiriam Posner has a Ph.D from Yale University in Film Studies and American Studies, and a BA in history from Reed College. She has taught and coordinated the Digital Humanities program at UCLA since 2012. Miriam’s interests range from mapping to network analysis, with a particular interest in data from cultural institutions. Her book, Depth Perception: Narrative and the Body in American Medicine Filmmaking, is under contract, and she is working on a new project related to supply-chain capitalism. Miriam has taught courses on selfies and snapchat, digital labor, web design, and the digital humanities. See http://miriamposner.com for more.

Francesco Lecture 2011 smallFrancesco Spagnolo, a multidisciplinary scholar focusing on Jewish studies, music and digital media, is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Music at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a host for the cultural programs of Italian National Radio (RAI) in Rome. At UC Berkeley, he is also an affiliated faculty with the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, and serves on the Digital Humanities Council. Intersecting textual, visual and musical cultures, Francesco actively contributes to academia, cultural heritage institutions, as well as live and electronic media, in Europe, Israel and the United States. A former lecturer at the University of Milan and at the University of California at Santa Cruz, he is frequently invited to lecture at academic institutions worldwide, publishes on topics ranging from music to philosophy, film and literature, and curates exhibitions and digital programs.

tackett picNicolas Tackett is Associate Professor of Chinese History at U.C.Berkeley. He is the author of The Destruction of the Medieval Chinese Aristocracy (Harvard Asia Center, 2014), which won the American Historical Association’s James Henry Breasted Prize, and The Origins of the Chinese Nation: Song China and the Forging of an East Asian World Order (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Both books rely on large datasets, including a biographical database of 35,000 people of the 7th-9th centuries, and a database of 1,900 northeast Asian tombs of the 11th c.

Underhill PicJustin Underhill is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanities at UC Berkeley. He earned his PhD in Art History from Berkeley, completing a dissertation, “World Art and the Illumination of Virtual Space,” that uses advanced software to reconstruct the architectural contexts in which works of art were displayed. Such research explores the relation between pictures and the lighting of the space in which they were originally viewed. Underhill continued this work in his prior appointment as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanities at the University of Southern California. Presently, among other projects, he is developing art.rip, a site dedicated to digital capture, forensic visualization, and the history of art.

GunterGünter Waibel is Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of the California Digital Library (CDL) in the University of California Office of the President. As such, Waibel manages one of the world’s largest digital research libraries. The CDL was founded by the University of California in 1997 to radically reconceive the way scholarly information resources might be published, archived, and accessed in the context of rapidly emerging technologies. The CDL fulfills its mission to support UC libraries and scholars by building world-class digital collections and providing more than 20 innovative and award-winning services, from a system-wide library catalog to tools for managing data and an open access platform for publishing faculty research. In collaboration with the UC libraries and other partners, the CDL continues to innovate in areas of collection management, discovery services, digital curation and scholarly publishing, transforming the ways that UC faculty, students, and researchers create, discover and access scholarly information.