University of Oregon

Symposium on Digital Scholarship


About 100 faculty and students gathered in the EMU Fir Room on Friday for a Symposium on Digital Scholarship. The keynote speaker, Jonathan Sterne, a fellow in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, describes himself as a historian of communication technology. Sterne explained his research on a topic he calls "aesthetonomics"—loosely, a study of what's created through technological efficiencies.

The Symposium also featured three panels: a faculty panel on Digital Studies at UO, a panel that highlighted UO digital humanities projects, and a panel of graduate research in Digital Studies.

The faculty panel featured Allison Carruth (Assistant Professor, English) on food and food production; Alisa Freedman (Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages) on Japanese pop culture and technology; Colin Koopman (Assistant Professor, Philosophy) on how the Internet is changing ethics and politics; and Bish Sen (Assistant Professor, Journalism and Communication) on his work to conceptualize new media in terms of the field of journalism.

The UO digital humanities project panel highlighted four recent projects. Doug Blandy (Associate Dean, A&AA) and John Fenn (Assistant Professor, Arts and Administration) spoke about ChinaVine's past and future; JQ Johnson (Director of Scholarly Communication, Libraries) presented on the Library's Open Journal project; Carol Stabile (Director, Center for the Study of Women and Society) and Karen Estlund (graduate student and Library Digital Collections Coordinator) described Fembot, a proposed institute comprised of a website, biannual publication and annual symposium; and James Tice (Professor, Architecture) and Erik Steiner (Research Assistant, Geography) explained the Nolli Map of Rome and Giuseppe Vasi's Rome projects.

A cross section of UO graduate students rounded out the symposium. Ashley Gibson (MA, Art History) explained her research in categorizing methods of art exhibition and distribution; Bryce Peake (PhD, Anthropology) presented his research on Xbox Kinect's Dance Central game and the "re-un-racialization of the white domestic sphere"; Whitney Phillips (PhD, English/Folklore), discussed Internet trolls and how "trolldom" migrates into real life; Staci Tucker (MA, Journalism and Communications) addressed "griefing" in video games; and Mara Williams, (PhD, Journalism and Communications) presented nascent research on femininity and online gaming.

Andrew Bonamici, Associate University Librarian, also explained that the graduate research panel was comprised solely of UO HASTAC scholars. Other UO HASTAC scholars include Anne Steward (undergraduate, English/Japanese), Tomas Valladares (MA, Arts & Administration), and Matt Villeneuve (undergraduate, History). For more information on the HASTAC scholars, visit

The Symposium on Digital Scholarship was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women and Society, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, the School of Journalism and Communications, UO Information Services, UO Libraries, and UO Digital Scholars. For information on UO Digital Scholars, see Digital Scholars: Incorporating Technology into the Humanities or visit their blog at

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