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Society for Architectural Historians launches new Multimedia Journal, JSAH Online


The Society of Architectural Historians in partnership with University of California Press and JSTOR, has launched JSAH online, the new multimedia edition of its  acclaimed journal, JSAH.

See their announcement HERE.

Posted Thursday, March 25th, 2010 in News

Text Without Context


“It’s not just a question of how these “content producers” are supposed to make a living or finance their endeavors,” Pulizter Prize-winning book critic Michiko Kakutani writes in her 17 March New York Times review, TEXT WITHOUT CONTEXT,  “however, or why they ought to allow other people to pick apart their work and filch choice excerpts. Nor is it simply a question of experts and professionals being challenged by an increasingly democratized marketplace. It’s also a question, as Mr. Lanier, 49, astutely points out in his new book, “You Are Not a Gadget,” of how online collectivism, social networking and popular software designs are changing the way people think and process information, a question of what becomes of originality and imagination in a world that prizes “metaness” and regards the mash-up as “more important than the sources who were mashed.”

Posted Thursday, March 18th, 2010 in News

CTS Welcomes Six New Members to is Advisory Board

The Center for Transformative Scholarship is proud to announce the following new members to its Advisory Board.

Andrew Curtis,
Visiting Associate Professor of Geography

Prior to his appointment in the Department of Geography, Professor Curtis was Director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Remote Sensing and GIS for Public Health at Louisiana State University. His research interests are centered around the geography of health, with a particular emphasis on spatial analysis, GIS and geospatial technology. His work includes analyzing spatial patterns of disease in historical outbreaks, developing new methods of fine-scale (neighborhood) geospatial data collection, using GIS to help reduce health disparities, and supporting community mapping efforts. In 2005 after the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, he and his WHOCC lab helped with geospatial support for search and rescue operations in the Louisiana Emergency Operation Center. He continues to work on various Katrina recovery projects, and in 2007 was part of a team receiving the Meredith F. Burrill Award by the Association of American Geographers for the development of a Katrina-related GIS Clearinghouse Cooperative.

Kara Keeling
Assistant Professor of Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts 

Kara Keeling’s research focuses on Third Cinema and feminist film, representations of race, sexuality, and gender in cinema, critical theory, cultural studies, and African cinema. Her book, The Witch’s Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common  Sense, explores the role of cinematic images in the construction and  maintenance of hegemonic conceptions of the world and interrogates the complex relationships between cinematic visibility, minority  politics, and the labor required to create and maintain alternative  organizations of social life.

Susan Metros
Associate Vice Provost
Deputy CIO, Technology-Enhanced Learning, USC
Professor, Roski School of Fine Arts/Rossier School of Education, USC

Susan Metros has served as deputy chief information officer and associate vice provost for technology-enhanced learning (TEL) since September 2007. She also holds faculty appointments in the USC Roski School of Fine Arts and the USC Rossier School of Education. Metros oversees Web Services, the Center for Scholarly Technology, and Learning Environments.

The technology-enhanced learning group provides vital resources to integrate educational and information technologies into the academic environment. TEL’s goal is to enhance the mobility and flexibility of the learning process and enable greater responsiveness to the needs of a new generation of learners. TEL staff help USC faculty, students, and staff explore and implement technologies that promote learner-centered education on campus and in distance-learning situations.

Prior to joining USC, Metros was at the Ohio State University (OSU), where she served as interim chief information officer from February to September 2007. From 2001 to 2007, she served as OSU’s deputy chief information officer and the executive director for eLearning, transforming the technology-enhanced learning and research unit into an operation that served as a state model for the integration of technology into teaching, learning, and research. She has held faculty appointments at OSU; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Michigan State University.
Metros has presented talks and authored articles and chapters on learning objects in higher education, the role of the graphic user interface in e-learning, and ways to engage undergraduates in research through technology. She has served on advisory boards for EDUCAUSE committees and academic presses. She holds a master of fines arts degree in graphic design, as well as a bachelor of fine arts degree, from Michigan State University

Bruce Ray Smith
Dean’s Professor of English 

Professor Smith studies the literature and culture of early modern England,  including Shakespeare, gender, sexuality, acoustic ecology and  historical phenomenology. Among his six published books, The Acoustic World of Early Modern England won the 2000 Roland H.  Bainton Prize for Literature, attracting the attention of theater  professionals, communications specialists and musicologists. At USC  College, Smith hopes to develop courses that interest English  students, as well as students of music and drama. His current work explores what it was like to live in the kind of body imagined by  early modern medicine and to perceive the world through that body. He  is particularly interested in how important the senses and the  passions were to perception before Descartes divorced the thinking mind from the sensing body in the middle of the 17th century.

Sherry Marie Velasco,
Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, USC

Professor Velasco’s areas of specialization include early Modern Spanish prose and theater; early modern women’s narrative. Her interests include gender studies, queer  theory, and visual cultural studies. Sherry Velasco is the author of  three books: Male Delivery: Reproduction, Effeminacy, and Pregnant Men in Early Modern Spain (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006), The Lieutenant Nun: Transgenderism, Lesbian Desire, and Catalina de  Erauso (University of Texas Press, 2000), and Demons, Nausea, and  Resistance in the Autobiography of Isabel de Jesús 1611-1682  (University of New Mexico Press, 1996).

Bruce E Zuckerman
Myron and Marian Casden Director and Professor of Religion and  Linguistics
Director, Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in  American Life

Bruce E. Zuckerman is a Professor in the School of Religion at the University of Southern California, where he teaches courses in the Hebrew Bible, the Bible in Western Literature, the Ancient Near East,  and Archaeology. He received his Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern  Languages from Yale University and is a specialist in Northwest  Semitic languages and biblical studies. Besides his teaching  responsibilities, he directs the USC Archaeological Research  Collection and both the West Semitic Research and InscriptiFact  Projects. He is also the Myron and Marian Casden Director of the  Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life.   

He specializes in photographing ancient texts including numerous  projects involving the Dead Sea Scrolls. His book, Job the Silent: A  Study in Biblical Counterpoint, was published in 1991 by Oxford  University Press and The Leningrad Codex; A Facsimile Edition, for which he and his brother Kenneth did the principal photography, was  published in 1998. He is also co-author with Zev Garber of Double  Takes; Thinking and Rethinking Issues of Modern Judaism in Ancient Contexts, published in 2004. He is currently leading an effort to  disseminate electronic images of ancient texts through the West  Semitic Research and InscriptiFact Projects ( wsrp;

Posted Monday, February 1st, 2010 in News

January 28th IML Digital Studies Symposium

On January 28th, the Digital Studies Symposium presents Ramesh Srinivasan and Mark H. Hansen. Srinivasan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA, and his research interests center on the interactions between various new media technologies and global cultures and communities. Hansen is Professor of Statistics at UCLA, and Co-PI on the project titled Center for Embedded Networked Sensing. They will discuss emerging modes of “data practice” as media technologies become increasingly pervasive, mobile and flexible.

 The presentations will be moderated by Anne Bray, the Executive Digital_Studies_symposium_1-28Director of LA Freewaves. Freewaves is a non-profit organization that facilitates cross-cultural dialogues by inventing dynamic new media exhibition forms at experimental and established venues throughout Los Angeles.

More information about the Digital Studies Symposium can be found HERE.

Posted Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 in News

Mellon Grant Awarded

vectorsyoutubeCTS will serve as the host institution for a $750,000 grant received by PI Tara McPherson from the Andrew Mellon Foundation. The grant supports the creation of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, a scholarly organization that will bring together digital archives, humanities scholars and university presses to explore interactive platforms for scholarly publication, building upon the work undertaken by Vectors. Archive partners include the Shoah Foundation, Critical Commons, the Hemispheric Institute’s Digital Video Library and the Internet Archive. Press partners include MIT, Duke and California. Tara developed the grant with colleagues from Brown, NYU, UC-San Diego and Rochester, following on an earlier planning grant from Mellon. Phil Ethington and other USC colleagues contributed to that process through a series of workshops in 2008. The Vectors team (Erik Loyer, Craig Dietrich, Steve Anderson, George Brower) is creating the publishing platform.

Posted Thursday, January 7th, 2010 in News

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