Intellectual historian Daniel Rosenberg will visit the University of Virginia as part of the Spring 2012 Digital Humanities Speaker Series. He will speak at 3pm on Monday, February 13, in Harrison/Small Auditorium. A reception will follow.
His talk, titled "Data Before the Fact: The Past and Future of the Quantitative Humanities,” examines the question: where does "data" comes from? Rosenberg will explore the development of the modern concept of data since the seventeenth century. He will show how the idea of data emerged from theological and mathematical language to take on the modern sense of quantifiable information, and examine the development of new, aggregate ways of thinking about the history of concepts.
Dr. Rosenberg is an Associate Dean and Associate Professor of History at Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. His past work includes studies of the history of the timeline (Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline, Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) and a wide assortment of essays (on Jello-O, hypertext, and idleness).
The Digital Humanities Speaker Series is a collaborative effort by the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH), SHANTI, and the UVA Library Scholar’s Lab.