Technologies of the Self | Jill Walker Rettberg | May 1


On May 1st, at 2:30 p.m., in the Rock Conference Room, Jill Walker Rettberg will present, “Technologies of the Self: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves”

In this presentation, Jill Walker Rettberg will look at technologically mediated self-representations in a variety of genres, from selfies, Facebook profiles, Tumblrs, automated diaries, and the quantified self movement with its many forms of self-tracking.

These modes of self-documentation are also “technologies of the self” in Foucault’s sense: techniques we use to shape and discipline ourselves, both individually and as a society.

Rettberg analyses today’s vernacular self-documentation in the context of the history and theory of visual self-portraits and textual diaries, and as an important part of today’s algorithmic culture.

Bio: Jill Walker Rettberg is professor of digital culture at the University of Bergen in Norway, and is visiting scholar at UIC’s Department of Communciations until July 2014. Her book “Blogging” was published in a 2nd edition by Polity Press in 2014, and she has also co-edited an anthology of critical writing on World of Warcraft (MIT Press 2008). In addition to work on electronic literature and social media, her recent work has also made use of digital methods to visualise network relationships in electronic literature. Her research blog is She is currently writing a book about selfies, social media, and algorithmic self-representations.

An Emerging Canon? | Scott Rettberg Talk | May 1st


On May 1st, at 12 p.m. (noon), in the Rock Conference Room of the Rockefeller Library, Scott Rettberg (University of Bergen) will present, “An Emerging Canon? Mapping a Field through Database Visualization.”

In this presentation Rettberg will show how the Electronic Literature Knowledge Base has been developed as a scholarly resource and how gathering humanities data about a creative field of practice allows us to see new connections and patterns through distant reading strategies, visualizations, and network analysis.

“The Electronic Literature Knowledge Base” which is a cross-referenced, scholarly database containing entries about creative works of and critical writing on electronic literature, as well as information about authors, events, exhibitions, publishers, teaching resources and databases in the field. It was established in 2010 by the University of Bergen Electronic Literature Research Group, as an aspect of the seven-nation project Electronic Literature as a Model for Creativity and Innovation (ELMCIP).

Bio: Scott Rettberg is Professor of Digital Culture in the department of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. Rettberg is the project leader of ELMCIP (Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice), a HERA-funded collaborative research project, and the founder of the Electronic Literature Organization. Rettberg is the author or coauthor of novel-length works of electronic literature, combinatory poetry, and films. His creative work has been exhibited online and at art venues.

Date: Thursday May 1
Time: 12 p.m. (noon)
Rock Conference Room (Rockefeller Library)

Brown’s 250th Anniversary Opening Celebration


As part of Brown’s 250th Anniversary, the Library has created a new exhibit titled: Picturing Brown: Prints and Photographs from the Brown University Archives.

For 250 years, Brown University has been presented through a succession of printed views of the campus. The images display the history of Brown’s evolution from a small, Baptist-run college in Rhode Island into an internationally-ranked institute of higher education. The University’s campus has extended far beyond its original boundaries, when University Hall served as classroom, campus center, and dormitory.

The prints, photographs, and postcards in this exhibit are from the Brown University Archives and will be on display from March 8th to April 27th.

For more information about the images, check out the historical essay on images of the Brown University campus by University Curator Robert Emlen.

Exhibit Location: Lobby cases | Rockefeller Library
Date: March 8 2014 – April 27, 2014

Contact: Jennifer Betts

Roderick Coover | Artist in Residence at the DSL | February 17-21

rod Coover

Roderick Coover (Professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple  University) will be the Artist in Residence at the Brown University Library DSL from February 17—February 21. He will be working on a site-specific work for the DSL display.

On February 21 at noon in Digital Scholarship Lab, Coover and Scott Rettberg will give a public lecture sharing their work as well as discussing Digital Technology In The Humanities And Arts.

Roderick Coover Bio: A pioneer in interactive and digital cinema, Roderick Coover’s work spans a variety of media: installation, film, webwork, and print, often in collaboration. Recently, he has been collaborating with Scott Rettberg on projects that include Toxi•City, the Catastrophe Series, and Three Rails Live (also with Nick Montfort). His Altered Shorelines and Unknown Territories series are interactive works that explore landscapes in the U.S. and abroad. During his residence at Brown, he will discuss the 2011 book Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the Arts (University of Chicago Press), which he co-edited with Thomas Bartscherer. Professor Coover is Director of the Graduate Program in Film and Media Arts and the co-founder of an interdisciplinary certificate program bridging documentary arts and ethnographic practice, both at Temple University. He is a board member of the International Visual Sociology Association and curator of the 2015 Electronic Literature Organization’s Media Arts Festival in Bergen, Norway. The recipient of Fulbright, LEF, Whiting, and Mellon awards, his works are distributed by Video Data Bank, Documentary Educational Resources, and Eastgate Systems. Some of his works are also available on his website

Scott Rettberg Bio: A native of the Chicago area, Scott Rettberg is professor of digital culture in the department of linguistic, literary, and aesthetic studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. Rettberg is the author or co-author of novel-length works of electronic literature including The Unknown, Kind of Blue, and Implementation. His work has been exhibited online and at art venues, including the Beall Center in Irvine California, the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, and The Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois. Rettberg is the cofounder and served as the first executive director of the non-profit Electronic Literature Organization, where he directed major projects funded by the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Rettberg is currently the Project Leader of the HERA-funded collaborative research project ELMCIP: Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice.

Date: February 21, 2014
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Digital Scholarship Lab (First Floor of the Rockefeller Library)


Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

CNI Podcast with Harriette Hemmasi: Brown University Libraries Supporting Digital Scholarship

In this interview recorded at the 2013 Fall Membership Meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), University Librarian Harriette Hemmasi discusses the Brown University Library Digital Scholarship Lab and the relationship librarians at Brown are cultivating with research and other forms of digital scholarship.

CNI Podcast: Brown University Libraries Supporting Digital Scholarship

An Evening with 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winning Dramatist, Ayad Akhtar ’93

Ayad Akhtar

The Library is honored to present Ayad Akhtar (Brown alum ’93) as the speaker for the 10th Annual Don Wilmeth Endowed Lectureship in American Theatre.

The lecture will be on Monday, December 9 at 7 p.m. in the Martinos Auditorium of the Granoff Center.

Ayad Akhtar is an author, playwright, and screenwriter. His book American Dervish was voted one of the Best Books of the Year (2012) by numerous publications. His play Disgraced won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Akhtar is a graduate of Brown and Columbia Universities with degrees in Theater and Film Directing. He was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee.

The Don Wilmeth Endowed Lectureship was established in honor of Professor Don Wilmeth and his monumental contribution to the study of theatre at Brown. The lectureship supports an annual lecture series on American theatre. Past visiting lecturers have included Laurence Maslon (2005), Jim Steinmeyer (2007), Christopher Bigsby (2008), Laura Linney (2008), Lynn Nottage (2010), and Bill Irwin (2011).

The Brown University Library is home to more than 6.8 million print items, plus a multitude of electronic resources and expanding digital archives serving the teaching, research, and learning needs of Brown students and faculty, as well as scholars from around the country and the world.

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Don Waters Presents “Digital Humanities and Scholarly Communications”


Donald J. Waters—Program Officer for Scholarly Communications and Information Technology at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation—will be giving a talk on Digital Humanities in the Digital Scholarship Lab (Rockefeller Library) on November 15 at 4 p.m.

Waters is interested in the convergence of digital technologies with humanistic inquiry and how this introduces fresh collaborations, new sets of research, and pedagogical practices into the process of advancing understanding of the human condition.

In this talk, Waters will probe the following questions:

What are the digital humanities?


How are they constituted?


How can they best be integrated into academic institutions, as centers of research and learning?


This talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Location: Digital Scholarship Lab
Date: November 15, 2013
Time: 4 p.m.

Upcoming Josiah Carberry Cooking Demonstration and Cookbook Signing

Carberry Fishing

PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Wordingham

At the moment Professor Josiah Carberry has taken advantage of the non-existent, mid-semester, harvest break to go fishing for squirrels or some other kind of non-aquatic forrest animal, but in less than a month (on December 13 at 3 p.m.) he will return to campus and host a cooking demonstration and cookbook signing in the Laura and David Finn Reading Room of the Rockefeller Library.

If you happen to see the Professor on his travels snap a picture on instagram and tag it “#josiahcarberry” so it will show up on the Josiah Carberry Instagram Wall.

In leading up to the cooking demonstration, Carberry has been sharing some of his favorite recipes from The Carberry CookbookHere are a few:

In other Carberry news, one alumni had this sighting to pass along:

We spotted dear Professor Carberry last year enjoying an opera performance in Bucharest, but unfortunately we did not have our iPad along to snap a photo. He was in the box stage left closest to the orchestra pit, his head obscured by the heavy velvet curtain separating his box from its neighbor.

Details for Cooking Demonstration and Cookbook Signing:
Date: December 13
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Laura and David Finn Reading Room (Rockefeller Library)

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

John Caserta presents “Data-driven Design Systems for the Web”


John Caserta is a designer, artist, and educator.

He has created and produced information-design projects and data-driven applications for The New York Times, Reuters, The Normandy Visitor’s Center in France, NBC, the NCAA and more.

On November 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab, Caserta will give a talk titled “Data-driven Design Systems for the Web.” He will discuss his experience creating static information-design projects as well as working collaboratively on data-driven reusable systems for designers, educators, and the general public.

Since 2007, Caserta has focused his efforts locally, initiating, and fostering The Design Office—a community of independent designers centered downtown on Westminster Street. The Design Office has 16 members working in a variety of design, programming, and spatial disciplines.

In 2012, Caserta became an Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design Department at RISD, but has been teaching part-time since 2006, and a resident of Providence since 2005. Prior to his arrival in Providence, Caserta spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow in the Arts in Italy. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MFA from Yale University in Graphic Design.

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Digital Scholarship Lab

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Dan Cohen Lecture: “The Emerging Research Environment and the Digital Public Library of America”


A new environment for scholarly research is emerging out of the steady accumulation of digitized sources over the last two decades, contemporary models for accessing those sources, and novel methods for searching, sorting, and mining them in ways that forge new connections and enhance serendipity.

In his talk, “The Emerging Research Environment,” Dan Cohen—Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)—will survey today’s and tomorrow’s electronic landscape.

It is the Digital Public Library of America’s mission to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all.

Prior to the DPLA, Dan was the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. At the Center, Dan oversaw projects ranging from new publishing ventures (PressForward) to online collections (September 11 Digital Archive) to software for scholarship (the popular Zotero research tool). His books include Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (with Roy Rosenzweig) and Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith.

The Library is proud to co-sponsor this event with the Center for Public Humanities and the John Carter Brown Library.

The lecture will be followed by a brief presentation of the MA program in Public Humanities and a reception.

Date: November 13
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Nightingale Brown House Lecture Room