10 June, 2019

Visiting Researchers

James O’Sullivan
Lab_HD Visiting Scholar
Lecturer (Digital Arts & Humanities) at the University College Cork (Cork, Ireland)
“I research and teach across various topics in the digital humanities and digital culture, specifically, digital literary and cultural studies, and computer-assisted criticism. I took up a lectureship in the Department of Digital Humanities at University College Cork in July 2017, having previously held faculty positions at the University of Sheffield and Pennsylvania State University. I have also taught in an adjunct capacity at Cork Institute of Technology and Washington State University, Vancouver, and held visiting fellowships at NOVA University, Lisbon and Trinity College Dublin.
I am the author of Towards a Digital Poetics (Palgrave Macmillan 2019). I have also edited several scholarly collections, such as Digital Art in Ireland (Anthem Press 2021) and Reading Modernism with Machines (Palgrave Macmillan 2016). My research has appeared in a number of international peer-reviewed publications, including Digital Scholarship in the HumanitiesDigital Humanities QuarterlyDigital Studies/Le Champ Numérique, the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing and the MLA’s evolving anthology, Literary Studies in a Digital Age. I have given plenaries and guest lectures at a number of major institutions and community gatherings. My research has also drawn some attention from the press, being cited in venues like The New Yorker.
I am involved with a variety of digital projects, including the Cork Film Festival digital archive and Joyce Word Dictionary.
I spent the summer of 2021 at NOVA University, Lisbon, where I was a visiting fellow at the Digital Humanities Laboratory and Institute for the Study of Literature and Tradition. Much of this period was committed to the completion of a forthcoming edited volume which includes a new chapter that I have written on the film-poetry of Irish author Doireann Ní Ghríofa.”
James O’Sullivan
Lecturer (Digital Arts & Humanities)
University College Cork (Cork, Ireland)
February 2022
Brunella Velardi
Lab_HD Visiting Scholar
PhD student in History and Cultural Heritage at DISTU, Università degli Studi della Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy)
“As a PhD student in History and Cultural Heritage at DISTU, Università degli Studi della Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy), since 2018 I started dealing with IT and software that could support my study and help me to manage, analyze and highlight the main points of my investigation.
My research focuses on the cultural environment of production, circulation and public display of art in Naples between the second half of 20th and 21st century. More specifically, the project aims to track places and times of exhibition of contemporary artworks in the city and in its surroundings, to demonstrate the central role of Neapolitan actors – be they curators, politicians, art dealers, artists, etc. – in making Naples a crucial point of exchange for art languages and a territory peculiarly rich in terms of presence of contemporary artworks in public spaces, capable to turn it into a capital of contemporary art.
From March to May 2019, I spent a period of study at NOVA-FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where I had the opportunity to approach some specific software and to learn how to integrate art historical investigation and IT. During my stay at NOVA, thanks to the support of prof. Daniel Alves from the Digital Humanities Lab, I deepened the knowledge of the most significant features and debates on Digital Humanities, both from a theoretical and practical point of view. Several readings and the course Informatica Aplicada à História introduced the field, focusing on the uses of IT in human studies and the most recent applications in History and Art History; different uses of databases in museums; spatial humanities and Geographic Information Systems; Social Network Analysis. A wider awareness of mapping issues and, on the other hand, of pros and limits of digital mapping tools, opened the path to the possibility of applying such methods to my research.
At NOVA-FCSH I could therefore gain some experience with tools finalized to support my study and to organize its first results.
On relational databases building with Microsoft Access – Starting from a set of data mined from the research, the task included the identification of categories and related attributes and the creation of connections between fields. The resulting model is a structure ready to be filled and, once completed, to be questioned and imported to visualization software.
On the visualization of data sets with ArcMap (ArcGis) and quantitative and qualitative analysis through the combination of specific queries – The actions led through the software included the visualization on map of georeferenced data previously collected in a simple Excel table and the characterization of selected attributes finalized to a diachronic investigation on the distribution of contemporary art venues on the territory of Naples through decades from 1950 until nowadays.
The challenge to include a conspicuous number of features to be questioned and to adapt the queries to the specific goals of the investigation was successful. Next step will be importing models from the general database to develop the research in a digital environment, leading parallel investigation on cultural phenomena through traditional and digital approach.”
Brunella Velardi
PhD student
Università degli Studi della Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy)
June 2019
Ricardo Pimenta
Lab_HD Visiting Scholar
Full Researcher at Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia (IBICT) (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
I am a Full Researcher at the Brazilian Institute of Information on Science and Technology (IBICT) of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI). I am currently working as a permanent professor at the Graduate Program in Information Science (PPGCI/IBICT-UFRJ) where I lead a research group entitled “Memória e Sociedade da Informação” (MESO) (http://meso.ibict.br) and coordinate the Digital Humanities Net Laboratory of IBICT (Larhud/COEPE/IBICT) (http://www.larhud.ibict.br).
My initial formation is in History (2003). MSc (2006) and PhD (2010) both in Social Memory, an interdisciplinary program of memory studies in the field of the Humanities. During the period 2007 to 2008 I took part of my PhD at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales – EHESS in Paris.
Among other positions, I collaborated as an associate researcher at the Interdisciplinary Laboratory on Information and Knowledge (LIINC/UFRJ) and during the biennium 2012-2014 I was a member of the High Studies Commission of the Reference Center for Political Fights in Brazil (1964-1985) – Memories Revealed, at the National Archives, Brazil.
My main interest has been the field of theoretical, critical and methodological studies on Digital Humanities, in addition to the possibility of dialogue with Information Science.Still on Digital Humanities, if we consider it an activity proper to a community marked by transdisciplinarity, I keep asking myself about its role for a supposed epistemological turning point in the production of knowledge in Humanities.  Topics such as information, memory, forgetfulness and its places/devices; political and economic aspects of information control are also always on my horizon.
In October 2018, I was at NOVA FSCH during the 9th Portuguese-Brazilian Conference on Open Access (CONFOA) where we discussed the partnerships between our labs, starting with Lab_HD participation in some classes and workshops (such as GIS for spatial humanities research), as well as possibilities of exchange between researchers, based on the letter of intent signed by LARHUD and Lab_HD at the beginning of the second semester of 2018. I also participated in an meeting of the Lab_HD to present the ongoing research. Still on the letter of intent, it should be noted that one of its results is the publication of an eBook on Lusophone Digital Humanities (expected to be published by the end of 2020), with contributions from participants of the Digital Humanities Congress (which took place at NOVA FCSH in Lisbon in 2015) and the HDRio International Digital Humanities Congress (which took place at FGV in Rio de Janeiro in 2018). At the present time we are also starting a dialogue about the possibility of creating in LARHUD a repository of research data on Humanities.”
Ricardo M. Pimenta
Full Researcher
Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia (IBICT)
November 2018
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