[Humanist] 31.116 events: dual book launch (Sussex)

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 116.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:29:05 +0000
        From: David Berry <D.M.Berry at sussex.ac.uk>
        Subject: ANNOUNCEMENT: Dual Book Launch in the Digital Humanities Lab (University of Sussex): 5pm,	4 July 2017

Dual Book Launch in the Digital Humanities Research Lab (University of Sussex): 5pm, 4 July 2017

5pm, 4th July 2017
Digital Humanities Lab
2nd Floor, Silverstone Building, 
University of Sussex, Brighton.

Please join us for celebratory drinks and nibbles at a dual book launch to celebrate the publications of:

- The Business of Satirical Prints in Late-Georgian England by James Baker

- Digital Humanities: Knowledge and Critique in a Digital Age by David M. Berry and Anders Fagerjord

We will have a brief conversation on the books by discussants, Prof Caroline Bassett and Prof Tim Hitchcock, and then drinks in the DH lab and humanities garden.

More information on our books below.


David, Anders and James


The Business of Satirical Prints in Late-Georgian England
James Baker

This book explores English single sheet satirical prints published from 1780-1820, the people who made those prints, and the businesses that sold them. It examines how these objects were made, how they were sold, and how both the complexity of the production process and the necessity to sell shaped and constrained the satiric content these objects contained. It argues that production, sale, and environment are crucial to understanding late-Georgian satirical prints. A majority of these prints were, after all, published in London and were therefore woven into the commercial culture of the Great Wen. Because of this city and its culture, the activities of the many individuals involved in transforming a single satirical design into a saleable and commercially viable object were underpinned by a nexus of making, selling, and consumption. Neglecting any one part of this nexus does a disservice both to the late-Georgian satirical print, these most beloved objects of British art, and to the story of their late-Georgian apotheosis – a story that I develop not through the designs these objects contained, but rather through those objects and the designs they contained in the making.

James Baker is a Lecturer in Digital History and Archives at the University of Sussex (and the awesome Sussex Humanities Lab). He is a historian of long eighteenth century Britain and of contemporary archiving. He is a fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute, and has held positions at the British Library, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the University of Kent, UK.



Digital Humanities: Knowledge and Critique in a Digital Age
David M. Berry, Anders Fagerjord

As the twenty-first century unfolds, computers challenge the way in which we think about culture, society and what it is to be human: areas traditionally explored by the humanities. In a world of automation, Big Data, algorithms, Google searches, digital archives, real-time streams and social networks, our use of culture has been changing dramatically. The digital humanities give us powerful theories, methods and tools for exploring new ways of being in a digital age. Berry and Fagerjord provide a compelling guide, exploring the history, intellectual work, key arguments and ideas of this emerging discipline. They also offer an important critique, suggesting ways in which the humanities can be enriched through computing, but also how cultural critique can transform the digital humanities.

David M. Berry is Professor of Digital Humanities and co-Director of the Sussex Humanities Lab. His recent books include Critical Theory and the Digital (2014), Postdigital Aesthetics: Art, Computation and Design (2015, with Michael Dieter) and Digital Humanities: Knowledge and Critique in a Digital Age (2017, with Anders Fagerjord). He was recently awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship 2017-18 for his new research on “Reassembling the University: The Idea of a University in a Digital Age”.

Anders Fagerjord is Associate Professor at the Department of Media and Communication (IMK), University of Oslo, Norway and at the Norwegian Media Technology Lab, Gjøvik University College. He is the author of Web-medier [Web media] (2006, 2008) and co-author of Sammensatte tekster [Multimodal Texts] (2009), and has contributed to several journals and volumes, such as the Handbook of Internet Reserarch (2010).


Professor David M. Berry

Professor of Digital Humanities
Co-Director, Sussex Humanities Lab

School of Media, Film and Music
University of Sussex,
East Sussex. BN1 8PP


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