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Literary Modeling and Visualization Lab is a research cluster located at the nexus of narratology, data science, and sociology of literature. We are particularly interested in advancing formal and exploratory methods for computational literary analysis in dialog with the rich theoretical traditions of the humanities. Moderated by Dennis Yi Tenen, Department of English and Comparative Literature (Columbia University).

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Walking can be a mode of analysis that extends body through space. The Embodied Space Lab incorporates mobile methods of reading and map-making into philology and historiography. In the dialectic between body and space we trace apparent vectors of power, technology, gender, class, and ethnicity and draw critical cartographies: ways of seeing and reflecting on an embodied and embedded world. Moderated by Manan Ahmed, Department of History (Columbia University).

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More than half of the world’s population accesses the internet through a mobile phone. Yet, much of academic practice in digital humanities and computational social sciences is aimed at bandwidth-heavy, visually complicated, high-performance vision of knowledge production. Inspired by principles of minimal computing, we would like to experiment—study, imagine, build—knowledge architectures that answer to humanistic ideals: local, contextually aware, historically rich, universally accessible, hackable, sustainable, empowered, fair, and just. Projects in this research cluster engage in the critical examination of ideas at the core of deliberative democracy: freedom of speech, participatory culture, and collective memory formation. These theoretical concerns manifest in the applied mechanisms of governance and citizenship, contesting, in practice, our commitment to the politics of privacy or surveillance, secrecy or transparency, preservation (as in the duty to remember) or entropy (as in, the right to be forgotten). Our proximity to the worlds of journalism, library science, and publishing gives us an opportunity to affect meaningful change in redressing inequalities of access, to envision the future of books and literacy, and to experiment with new modalities of human–computer interaction. Moderated by Alex Gil and Jeremiah Christensen, Butler Library (Columbia University).

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Media become palpable in transmission, as when, for example, an audio signal is transformed from sound waves into electromagnetic pulse for digital storage. This research cluster concerns the material conditions of media production, reception, and dissemination. We are media theorists, archivists, practitioners, and historians interested in making good on the metaphor of media ‘archaeology.’ Archaeology, in its literal sense, reveals platforms and infrastructures that support cultural practice. To recover the object in its critical-theoretical figuration is to encounter it also as an epistemic thing and to recreate, experimentally, devices and techniques that brought it into existence. Moderated by Professor Durba Mitra, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (Harvard).