Maria Goicoechea discusses E-Lit in Espana

Digital Literary Studies in Español .
María Goicoechea
University Complutense of Madrid 
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 4pm, WPH B36 
(a talk in English)
The HaCCS Lab is sponsoring a talk by María Goicoechea on contemporary digital literary studies in Spanish language works.  She will be presenting her recent research in the creation of digital editions of works of literature in Spanish.
María Goicoechea has a degree in English Philology from the University Complutense of Madrid and a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Her doctoral dissertation is entitled The Reader in Cyberspace: A Literary Ethnography of Cyberculture (2004). Currently, she is an associate professor in the English Department at the University Complutense of Madrid (UCM). Her research interests include literary theory, ethnography, and cyberculture. She is a member of LEETHI Research Group (UCM), and of HERMENEIA (Universitat de Barcelona), two interdisciplinary research groups dedicated to the study of literature and computers. Her CV can be found here: http://pendientedemigracion.ucm.es/info/leethi/1_nav/cvs/maria_goicoechea_cv.php
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CCS at SLSA 2016

Several HaCCS Lab affiliates will be presenting new research in Critical Code Studies at the 2016 Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) conference in Atlanta (November 3-6, 2016). Below are the panel abstracts of these papers that extend the work of CCS in innovative ways.

Panel 10F: Saturday, November 5, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM Ansley 6 (projector, screen, and speakers)
Critical Code Studies and Creativity
Without questions, computer source code has been an explosive tool of creativity for over fifty years. However, in the realm of code, meaning is created in ways distinct from and yet complementary to other symbolic systems. Using the methods of Critical Code Studies, this panel will explore the meaning created through approaches to code. To begin, we will examine the ways code through its own rhetorical structures enables argumentation in critical and creative inquiry. As a means of rhetorical expression, we will then consider code as a means of social engagement. Since expression in code is constrained by programming languages, we will also examine the ways in which languages themselves facilitate or inhibit that expression. Finally, we will consider the way rule-based play in Live Action Role Play (larp) can be understood when situated as encoded play and read through the tools of CCS. These four presentations will give way to a discussion with the audience of the implications of regarding code as a means of communication.  Chair: Mark Marino

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Monthly Reading Group

The HaCCS Lab is sponsoring a monthly digital literature reading group at the University of Southern California.  Meetings will be held in the East Asian Reading Rooms of Doheny Library.

The goal of the meetings is to explore works of digital literature, considering both the experience of them and their underlying software and code.  We will explore a wide range of genres from poetry generators to interactive fiction to bots and apps.

All are welcome to these events which are free and open to the public.

To join the mailing list, contact Mark Marino.

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CCSWG16 Week 1 Round-up

Week 1: 
Our Code Literacy week was led by Chris Lindgren, Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell, and Annette Vee. Chris began the week by asking us to examine three related texts and to try to read the code, reflecting on the limits of the code alone for an understanding of its development. Lindgren asked among other questions what context gets obscured in code? Sneha discussed her work bringing coding skills to marginalized groups and asked us to reflect on coding as a form of agency.  Annette extended those questions by asking what knowledge of coding was necessary for our participation in a democratic society. Ben Grosser, Hayley Steele, Judy Malloy, Gregory Bringman, and Clarissa Lee also contributed to the week’s discussion.  It’s not too late for you to join this discussion, too!
The Code Critiques launched this week were:
Recreating the 1990 GW-BASIC version of its name was Penelope by Judy Malloy
Alliance LARP rule set: Code that Runs on Humans? by Hayley Steele
Every Javascript Variable from Amazon.com by Jeff Thompson
Reddit’s Hot Sort by Dylan De Jong
Week 2: 
David Berry is leading us through an exploration of Joseph Weizenbaum’s ELIZA/DOCTOR ported into BASIC. Please, join us in this collaborative annotation which we will pick up again in Week 4.

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Launching CCSWG16

Critical Code Studies Working Group 2016
Jan 18 t0 Feb 14, 2016 

The 4th biannual Critical Code Studies Working Group (CCSWG), Jan 18-Feb 14th is underway, and you are invited to join us for explorations of code in culture and culture through code.

CCSWG is the major online think tank for Critical Code Studies, a hub of dialogue and collaborative inquiry that generates major thrust in the reading of code.  This marks the 10 year anniversary of the publication of the article that named this subfield and the launch of the second decade of scholarship.  The Working Groups have been the principal site of developments in this area, and this one is positioned to continue that tradition.

The threads from the first were published in electronic book review, as will the threads from the subsequent CCSWGs.  Past discussions have led to books (10 PRINT), essays, and conference panels. Join us for explorations for the intersections of computer source code and the humanities.

Major Topics:

Schedule: Jan 18-Feb 14
Week 1: Jan 18: Code Literacies: Annette Vee, Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell, Chris Lindgren
Week 2: Jan 25: Archaeologies of Code: Reading ELIZA: David M Berry
Week 3: Feb 1: Politics and Ethics of Code: James Brown, Jr. and Kevin Brock
Week 4: Feb 8: Scalar/Workbench books: all

Coordinated by Jeremy Douglass and Mark C. Marino with Viola Lasmana and Ashley Champagne

Sponsored by the Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab (USC) and Transcriptions Center (UCSB)

To join: Please, contact Mark C Marino if you would like to join the Working Group.  email: markcmarino [at] gmail. 

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CFP 2016 Critical Code Studies Working Group (Jan 2, Jan 11-Feb 7)

Critical Code Studies Working Group 2016

Jan 18 t0 Feb 14, 2016 [updated]

Announcing the 4th biannual Critical Code Studies Working Group, Jan 11-Feb 7, online. CCSWG is the major online think tank for Critical Code Studies, a hub of dialogue and collaborative inquiry that generates major thrust in the reading of code.  This marks the 10 year anniversary of the publication of the article that named this subfield and the launch of the second decade of scholarship.  The Working Groups have been the principal site of developments in this area, and this one is positioned to continue that tradition.

The threads from the first were published in electronic book review, as will the threads from the subsequent CCSWGs.  Past discussions have led to books (10 PRINT), essays, and conference panels. Join us for explorations for the intersections of computer source code and the humanities.

Major Topics:

Schedule: Jan 18-Feb 14
Week 1: Jan 18: Code Literacies: Annette Vee, Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell, Chris Lindgren
Week 2: Jan 25: Reading ELIZA: David M Berry
Week 3: Feb 1: Politics and Ethics of Code: James Brown, Jr. and Kevin Brock
Week 4: Feb 8: Scalar/Workbench books: us/all

Coordinated by Jeremy Douglass and Mark C. Marino with Viola Lasmana and Ashley Champagne

To apply to join the working group, please send an application to markcmarino at gmail by Jan 2 including:

  • Name:
  • Institutional Affiliation:
  • Past work or study related to Critical Code Studies
  • (Recommended) Proposed Code Critique thread or related discussion
  • Brief Bio

A “code critique” is a segment of code (or entire program) you wish to offer for discussion by the working group.  You can see examples of code critiques in these HASTAC threads.

Notice of acceptance will be given by Jan 5. Send applications to markcmarino at g- mail dot com.

CCSWG is sponsored by the Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS) Lab at the University of Southern California. http://haccslab.com  Twitter: @haccs

For more information, contact Mark Marino.

 

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Announcing a New Platform for Critical Code Studies

Announcing ACLS Workbench: A new site for collaborative Critical Code Studies!
Site: http://scalar.usc.edu/aclsworkbench

ACLS Workbench Tour from Mark Marino on Vimeo.

ACLS Workbench is a new platform for collaborative research, which enables scholars to create, join, or clone online arguments enhanced with multimedia content.

http://scalar.usc.edu/aclsworkbench

ACLS Workbench has two novel features: the “join” feature and the “clone” feature. The join features allows new collaborators to apply to join your research project. The clone feature allows scholars to copy entire books so they can build their own interpretations.

The platform also enables the annotation of source code.  Participants in CCSWG14 were invited to test this platform, and from that group, we have forthcoming collaborative readings of code.

ACLS Workbench is built on the ANVC Scalar platform, which offers special affordances for presenting multimedia content and custom hyperlinked paths through material. Combined with features to annotate video and code along with Workbench’s affordances, this new platform offers a powerful tool for collaboration. (Video introduction of the site: http://youtu.be/twMliWAt5KA )

As a demonstration of Workbench, we are launching Reading Project, the online companion to our recent book: Reading Project: A Collaborative Analysis of William Poundstone’s Project for Tachistoscope {Bottomless Pit just published by University of Iowa Press.

http://scalar.usc.edu/aclsworkbench/reading-project/

The book offers a collaborative investigation of one work of digital literature, modeling an argument for more intensive collaboration in the digital humanities by combining scholars who draw their methodologies from visual analytics, Critical Code Studies, media archaeology and others. The ACLS Workbench site presents our arguments and findings in an online multimedia format. Crucially, future scholars may clone our online book and use its assets to build new arguments.

The book argues: “Collaboration can produce understandings that are greater than the sum of their parts. Conversely, collaboration can foster new ways of understanding what we do as critics, scholars, and readers. Such reflection and innovation is vital not only to literary criticism but also to the future of the humanities more generally” (137). Workbench was designed to present and promote these collaborations.

ACLS Workbench was designed by Jessica Pressman (San Diego State U), Mark C Marino (USC), and Jeremy Douglass (UCSB) as part of an ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship in collaboration with Lucas Miller, Craig Dietrich, and Erik Loyer. The platform is online and freely available. The demonstration book Reading Project was developed with the kind permission of William Poundstone and the assistance of Elizabeth Shayne.

Contact Us:

Jessica Pressman, jessicapressman0 at gmail
Mark Marino, markcmarino at gmail
Jeremy Douglass, jeremydouglass at gmail

For more on Scalar, see: http://scalar.usc.edu

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Joellyn Rock Presenting at USC Jan 14

Sophronia project stillDIGITAL NARRATIVE, NETPROV AND INSTALLATION
ARTIST TALK
Joellyn Rock
11am Wednesday
January 14, 2015
SCI 108, USC

A visual narrator, Joellyn Rock is particularly interested in how emerging media is changing the ways that stories can be told. Rock teaches digital art at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she helped establish the Motion and Media Across Disciplines Lab. She will share her creative process working with digital narrative and multimedia installation in a range of hybrid text/image/video projects. Her recent collaborative work, The Sophronia Project, was showcased at the Walker Art Center for NorthernSpark 2014.

Sponsors:
The Writing Program,
The Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab

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CCSWG14 Week 2 Highlights

by Viola Lasmana

Critical Code Studies Working Group 14
Week 2 Highlights

After a generative first week discussing “Exploratory Programming,” the Critical Code Studies Working Group wraps up another exciting week of discussion on “Feminist Programming” led by Arielle Schlesinger with Jacqueline Wernimont and Ben Wiedermann as discussants.

As of March 13, 2014, the CCSWG has increased to a total of 97 participants, and Schlesinger’s “Feminist Programming” thread has garnered 48 comments. There is now a total of 11 Code Critique threads, with the latest one, “‘After Jasper Johns’ and ‘Flag,’” added by Nick Montfort.

So far, we also have 5 Workbench Projects (listed below) that are meant to be collaborative code readings using the ACLS Workbench platform. Participants are encouraged to join one of the Code Critiques marked Workbench, start their own, or label an existing Code Critique thread Workbench as an invitation to others. More than just a simple Code Critique discussion thread, these explorations would lead to media-rich examinations of code objects, including text, video, images, and other forms of media. The work on these critiques will only begin during the WG, and their finished versions will be potential candidates for publication in a special issue of the innovative, peer-reviewed journal Vectors.

“Siri’s grandmother: Weizenbaum’s ELIZA” by Mark Marino
“Haints Seraphs Griot” by Mark Marino
“Null Programs” by Nick Montfort
“In Pursuit of Natural Language: FLOW-MATIC” by Mark Marino
“This is Not Super Mario Bros.: Cory Arcangel’s Mario Clouds” by Patrick LeMieux

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CCSWG14 Week 1 Highlights

Critical Code Studies Working Group 14
Week 1 Highlights
by Viola Lasmana

The 3rd biannual Critical Code Studies Working Group (CCSWG), organized by Mark Marino and Jeremy Douglass, launched a great first week with Nick Montfort’s discussion of “Exploratory Programming,” a conversation that has raised thought-provoking concepts and issues and become an immensely useful resource for tinkering with various programming languages and projects.

As of March 4, 2014, the CCSWG has a total of 90 participants, and Montfort’s discussion thread has garnered 84 comments. To date, 10 Code Critique Threads have been posted for further discussion:

“Exploratory Code Sample: Cable” by John Bell
“Code that encourages exploratory coding by modification: Function Explorer” by Frances Van Scoy
“Esoteric Code Languages and Other Ephemera” by David Berry
“Cryptographically-obfuscated code” by Quinn DuPont
“‘Genderswapping’ or ‘Misgendering’? A Question of ‘Jailbreaking the Patriarchy’” by Chris Lindgren
“SCIGen” by Zach Whalen
“Hey, you: Interpellation via Perl” by the WG organizers, Mark Marino and Jeremy Douglass
“Feminist Code: micha cárdenas” by Arielle Schlesinger
“Considering rhetorical genres in code via Gary Bernhardt’s ‘wat’ talk” by Kevin Brock
“In Pursuit of Natural Language: FLOW-MATIC by Grace Hopper” by Mark Marino

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