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NOVEMBER 11th, 2016 – CHSS Digital Humanities Events

If you are interested in attending either or both events below

OR if you’re interested but not available on the 11th please


12:30pm to 1:30pm – Digital Humanities Open House

The meet and greet will include some members of the New Jersey Digital Humanities Consortium Steering Committee and CHSS/MSU Community and will be an unstructured hour of sweets, beverages, and hopefully good conversation and networking.

1:30pm to 2:30pm – Can we Define the Digital Humanities

This session will feature five CHSS faculty who are doing work or research in the Digital Humanities in a variety of interesting ways.  The session will kick off with an Introduction by Dean Rob Friedman, followed by a short presentations by:

  • Caroline Dadas is an Associate Professor at Montclair State University, where her areas of specialty include digital writing, queer online rhetorics, public sphere theories, civic rhetorics, and research methods. Her primary research agenda involves studying the intersections of civic participation and digital environments. Prof Dadas has been working at the intersection of rhetoric and the digital humanities her entire career. Her most recent article on digital activism, “Toward an Economy of Literate Practice in Composition Studies: Possibilities for Political Disruption” explored how students at the University of California-Davis engaged in a series of literate online practices to shape public perception of an incident where a police officer pepper-sprayed peacefully protesting students. Her work has also appeared in the journals New Media and Society, Computers and Composition, Composition Forum, and Computers and Composition Online, and College Composition and Communication.
  • Jonathan Howell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Montclair State University. Dr. Howell’s project “Harvesting Speech Datasets for Linguistic Research on the Web” was a recipient of the first international Digging Into Data Challenge award funded by the National Science Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Howell’s most recent publication “Acoustic Classification of Focus: On the Web and in the Lab” will appear in the Journal of Laboratory Phonology. Dr. Howell studies prosody, the ‘music’ of language, and its intersection with semantics and pragmatics, the ‘meaning’ of language. Dr. Howell’s research not only deepens our understanding of the human language capability, it also has implications for language instruction, speech therapy, synthesized speech and speech recognition systems.
  • Arnaud Kurze is Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State University. His scholarly work on transitional justice in the post-Arab Spring world focuses particularly on youth activism, art and collective memory. Dr. Kurze was appointed a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, from 2016-2018, studying youth resilience in North Africa and the Middle East. He has published in several academic journals, contributed to edited volumes and is author of several reports on foreign affairs for government and international organizations. His current project is “Political Challenges in the Mediterranean Basin and Europe: Mapping Complexity with Digital Methods”, which relies on innovative methodology, including open-source, digital text and image analysis to study the politics of human rights and security in the Mediterranean basin and Europe. Based on a couple of interactive, praxis-oriented workshops, the project introduces new, critical social research methods to capture and assess complex sociopolitical phenomena, such as political transitions and the EU immigration crisis.
  • Adam Rzepka is an Assistant Professor of English at Montclair State University, where he teaches courses in Shakespeare and other early modern drama, early modern poetry, and critical theory. Adam has published book chapters on Lucretian poetics and Renaissance systems of artificial memory, and has an article in the fall issue of Shakespeare Quarterly titled “‘How easy is a bush supposed a bear?’: Differentiating Imaginative Production in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which tracks the multiple functions of the imagination as a faculty of the soul in the play. His book in progress is on the field and function of “experience” in early modern discourse and Shakespearean drama.
  • John Soboslai is Assistant Professor of Religion in Contemporary Global Politics in the Department of Religion at Montclair State University. John is the author of several articles on global religious violence, and in 2015 University of California Press released his first book, co-authored with Mark Juergensmeyer, titled God in the Tumult of the Global Square. He has presented at national and international conferences in a number of disciplines, and was a managing editor and contributing author for the Encyclopedia for Global Religions and Societies, which began . His current project is the Global Religions Interface, which integrates information about religious adherence around the world to create a visual representation of religion that transcends national borders, recognizes sectarian nuances and illuminates the varied ways religion has interacted with politics around the world and across time.


The session will end with an open discussion/Q&A.