Alan Liu and Rama Hoetzlein on Social Networks and the History of Thought

April 9, 2013

Alan Liu and Rama Hoetzlein will present “The History of Thought as Networked Community: The RoSE Prototype” on Tuesday, April 16, as part of the UVA Digital Humanities Speaker Series. RoSE (Research Oriented Social Environment) centers on a social-computing model of humanities bibliographical resources that allows users to study relationships between authors, works, and commentators as a social network of the human record. The project examines the idea of modeling bibliographies of past authors and works as a dynamic and evolving society linked to today’s scholars and students. Visualizing these movements as social networks and utilizing crowdsourcing to add data about biographical, historical, and intellectual relationships can make these historical networks richer and generate a more active engagement with intellectual movements.

The talk will be at 3pm in Harrison Small Auditorium and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Dr. Liu is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the director of the RoSE project. He has also lead several digital initiatives, including Transliteracies: Research in the Technological, Social, and Cultural Practices of Online Reading. He is co-founder and -leader of the international 4Humanities advocacy initiative.

Dr. Liu will give a second presentation in the UVA Scholars' Lab on Wednesday, April 17, at 3pm in Alderman 421 on “4Humanities: Values, Strategies, Technologies for Humanities Advocacy in the Digital Age.” This will be an informal talk exploring such issues as assessing values and narrative frames for communicating the worth of the humanities.

Dr. Hoetzlein, a graphics R&D engineer and media artist, is the lead scientist of RoSE. He received his Ph.D. in the Media Arts and Technology Program at UCSB. He co-founded the Game Design Initiative and developed Quanta, a semantic database for integrated storage, organization and visualization of human knowledge in interdisciplinary contexts.

The UVa Digital Humanities Speaker Series is a collaborative effort by the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH), SHANTI, and the UVa Library Scholars' Lab.