Digital Dispatch Report-001

Final_DSCJoin us April 30 at 12:25 in the CoLab (Fine Arts 217) for our first Digital Dispatches report from Chinghsin Wu. Starbucks refreshments and snacks will be served.

In the interest of cultivating a broad, interdisciplinary community of digital studies scholars, the DSC offers financial support for faculty and students who would like to attend and/or present at conferences that take up digital technologies from various disciplinary angles. Those receiving support are asked to develop a short presentation, reporting back to the Rutgers-Camden community about what they learned at the conference.

Please join us for Digital Studies Fellow Chinghsin Wu’s Digital Dispatch report from The 103rd Annual Conference of the College Art Association regarding Digital Art History. The report will be followed by student curated digital works from her course, Chinese Art: Traditional and Digital Approaches.

Events News

Well Played: Alien Isolation

alien_isolation-1Join us Wednesday, April 22 at 12:15 in the ModLab (Fine Arts 215) for a Well Played session of Alien: Isolation, a game that Kotaku suggests “can only have been created for people who derive some perverse pleasure out of being killed by an alien.”

During this session, we’ll discuss the game’s sophisticated use of artificial intelligence technology and how the alien character disrupts expectations amongst players that non-player characters will act in predictable ways. In addition, we’ll discuss how the game participates in the horror genre by forcing the player to hide from the alien rather than to attempt to kill it.

Events News

Shoot, View, Play: A Study of the GameBoy Camera

gb-cameraOn May 1, The Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center will officially launch the Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE). The R-CADE is a collection of hardware and software made available to scholars for research purposes. Unlike many archives, the R-CADE does not necessarily aim to preserve these artifacts, at least not in the traditional sense of this word. Scholars are free to take apart, dissect, and repurpose artifacts in the R-CADE as they attempt to understand their historical and cultural significance.

The May 1 launch event will focus on the GameBoy Camera, which was one of the earliest digital cameras on the market and which also allowed users to take pictures of themselves three years prior to the emergence of the term “selfie.” Scholars will convene to discuss the device’s historical and cultural significance and to share their own attempts to remake and repurpose the camera.

The event will include both a workshop and a panel discussion about the object. During the workshop, Patrick LeMieux (Duke University) will lead a group of students and faculty in hacking and reconfiguring the GameBoy Camera. Workshop participants will construct their own GameBoy cartridges. During the afternoon panel discussion, a group of scholars will share their investigations into the GameBoy camera. That panel discussion will feature: Elizabeth Demaray (Associate Professor of Fine Art, Rutgers-Camden), Meredith Bak (Assistant Professor of Childhood Studies, Rutgers-Camden), Grant Wythoff (Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University), and Patrick LeMieux (Ph.D. student in Media Arts+Sciences, Duke University).

The workshop will take place in the ModLab (Fine Arts 215) from 10:00am until 1:00pm, and the panel discussion will take place in Fine Arts 110 from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. Both events are open to the public.

Events News

Digital Wharton Brainstorming Symposium

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On April 17 at 1:30pm in Fine Arts 110, a cohort of scholars from across the country will discuss the digital component of the forthcoming Complete Works of Edith Wharton (CWEW), an event that is free and open to the public.

The CWEW will be published by Oxford University Press, and the DSC has joined its editors (Carol Singley, Donna Campbell, and Fred Wegener) in an NEH grant proposal to support the project. Part of that proposal is a digital component that will offer an interactive entry point into Wharton’s texts. The NEH proposal describes an array of possibilities for the “Digital Wharton,” and the DSC has invited leading scholars of Wharton and of the Digital Humanities to brainstorm the most innovative ways to approach this project. The panelists for this event are:

  • Carol Singley, Professor of English, Rutgers University-Camden; General Editor of CWEW
  • Donna Campbell, Associate Professor of English, Washington State University; Associate Editor of CWEW; webmaster Edith Wharton Society
  • Fred Wegener, Professor of English, California State University, Long Beach; Associate Editor of CWE
  • Tom Augst, Associate Professor of English, New York University; Director of Digital Humanities, New York Scapes Project
  • Stephanie Browner, Dean, Eugene Lang College at The New School for Liberal Arts, founder and editor of The Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive, Board Member of Networked Interface for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship (NINES)
  • Molly Hardy, American Antiquarian Society Digital Humanities Curator
  • Brendan O’Neill, Editor, Oxford University Press, New York City
  • Kenneth Price, Hillegass Professor of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Co-editor Walt Whitman Archive
  • Jim Brown, Director of the Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center
  • Robert Emmons, Associate Director of the Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center

Panelists will conduct a morning brainstorming session. The Digital Studies Center is inviting the public to an event at 1:30pm in Fine Arts 110 during which panelists will share the results of that morning session. The DSC aims to make this public session yet another brainstorming opportunity as we attempt to crowdsource the Digital Wharton.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact DSC Director Jim Brown (


Professional Website Development

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Have you ever wanted to have a website to showcase your professional portfolio, but found the process either too confusing or too expensive? The Professional Website Development Workshop is designed to help you take your first steps into internet development. We’ll discuss various starting points from hosting, to development, to publication. We’ll also learn how to start dabbling in code. No prior experience necessary!