- RT @GeoffRockwell: Finally finished my conference notes on #InstantHistory with @s3jones @mandellc and @Ted_Underwood at @LUCTSDH at https:… 3 days ago
- RT @fraistat: Thanks. We’re proud to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Romantic Circles this year. It has been quite a ride! cc: @s3j… 4 days ago
- RT @Ted_Underwood: In other news, @s3jones and @GeoffRockwell presented a vivid reconstruction of Busa's factory, both its technology and s… 5 days ago
- RT @GeoffRockwell: @s3jones - Can we reverse engineer the CAAL (Busa's Center for the Automation of the Analysis of Literature) at Gallarat… 6 days ago
- .@hoboacademic I'm looking forward to it, too! 1 week ago
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6:00 PM, I’ll be giving a talk on my book in progress, “The Priest and the Punched-Card Machines: Father Roberto Busa, SJ, and the Emergence of Humanities Computing,” at Fordham University (Father Busa’s home-base In New York for the early years of his work with IBM). Location: Duane 140 (Theology Conference Room), Fordham University, Rose Hill campus. The event is sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar on Digital Technology and Scholarly Communications, the American Studies Program, and the Department of Theology.
I’m happy to be taking part in a roundtable tomorrow, March 27, 2015, Room Rm. 4406, Graduate Center, CUNY, 4-6 PM, a session titled: “Books Matter: Circulating Digital and Printed Texts,” sponsored by the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative.
This past week I’ve been visiting CIRCSE research center at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, digging into the fairly recently accessioned archive of Father Roberto Busa, SJ, often said to be the founder of humanities computing. I’m working on a book on the first decade of his research in historical context, 1949-1959, tentatively titled The Priest and the Punched-Card Machines. My hosts here, especially Dr. Marco Passarotti, have been very kind and helpful, and I’ve handled and examined a fascinating collection of letters and other documents, as well as punched cards, magnetic-tape reels, floppy disks, slides, and fragile glass transparencies, among other artifacts and texts. Today I visited the location of Fr. Busa’s first humanities computing labs in Gallarate, or locations for, as he called it, “Literary Data Analysis.”
Wednesday, February 25, at 2:00 PM, I’ll be presenting the book in progress at Columbia University’s Studio @ Butler. That’s room 208b in Butler Library. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP.
It’s true, in the new year I’ll be giving a talk at the University of South Florida’s Humanities Institute on The Emergence of the Digital Humanities, and including a section on my new project on the emergence of humanities computing in the mid twentieth century. Free and open to the public: January 20, 2015, 6:00 PM.