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Date & Time

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 9:00 AM to Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Location

Franke Institute for the Humanities

Admission

Free

Contact

Other Contacts (see description)

Description

An international conference dedicated to exploring how disciplines and technologies have interacted so as to give rise to some of the characteristic features of today's intellectual culture.

Please register if you would like lunch; send an email to franke-humanities@uchicago.edu

MAY 8

9–9:30
Introduction
Joint Presentation:
Adrian Johns, History and Conceptual & Historical Studies of Science
James A. Evans, Sociology and Conceptual & Historical Studies of Science

9:30–11
Session One: Archaeologies of Disciplines & Technologies
Introducer: James K. Chandler, English Language & Literature and Cinema & Media Studies, University of Chicago

“Algorithms of Pleasure: Art as Expert-System ca. 1900”
Robert Brain, History, University of British Columbia

“Boundaries of Science and the Science of Boundaries ca. 1900”
Alex Csiszar, History of Science, Harvard University

11–12:30
Lunch

12:30-2
Session Two: Documents and Displays

“The Postal Conditions of North American Horticulture”
Lisa Gitelman, English and Media, Culture, & Communication, New York University

“The Agonies of Machine Translation: From Switchboard to Cloud”
Michael Gordin, History of Science, Princeton University

2-2:15
Break

2:15–4:45
Session Three: The “Infra-Disciplinary”
Introducer: Adrian Johns, History and Conceptual & Historical Studies of Science

“Old New Things: Newsletters, Genetics, and the Genealogy of Open Data”
Christopher M. Kelty, Institute for Society and Genetics, Information Studies, and Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

“’The Gene Didn’t Get the Memo’: Realigning the Normal and Pathological in Genetic Medicine”
Daniel Navon, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research, Harvard University

“New Work in History, Examining the Longue Durée with Paper Machines”
Jo Guldi, History, Brown University

4:45
Reception

MAY 9

9–10:30
Plenary
"What We Mean by 'Algorithm'"
Tarleton Gillespie, Communication and Information Science, Cornell University

10:30–10:45
Break

10:45–1
Session Four: Models/Algorithms in Perspective
Introducer: Siva Arumugam, Postdoctoral Scholar (2012-14), Disciplines & Technologies Project

Karin Knorr Cetina, Sociology and Anthropology
Alex Preda, Accounting, Accountability, and Financial Management, King’s College London
Natasha Dow Schüll, Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1–2
Lunch

2-3:45
Session Five: Models/Algorithms in Practice
Moderators: James A. Evans, Sociology and Conceptual & Historical Studies of Science;
Patrick Jagoda, English Language & Literature

Algorithmic conversations on:
“Computational Fine Arts”
Jason Salavon, Visual Arts

“Deciphering Cancer Through Computational Medical Imaging”
Maryellen L. Giger, Radiology

“The Baum-Welch Learning Algorithm for Hidden Markov Models (HMMs) and Computational Linguistics”
John Goldsmith, Linguistics and Computer Science

3:45-4
Break

4-5
Roundtable