Alexey Golubev, assistant professor in the UH department of History, will present Digitizing Archives in Russia: Epistemic Sovereignty and Its Challenges in the Digital Age on Thursday, February 21 at 12 noon in the UH Libraries Digital Research Commons. The talk will be followed by a workshop on constructing and maintaining a corpus in digital projects. Sandwiches and coffee will be served.
Golubev will speak on the production of digital archives in a broader context of the political economy of historical knowledge in Russia. The archive is a key institution that asserts state sovereignty over history by defining the dominant forms of historical knowledge, its limits and silences, and establishing hierarchies of voices from the past. Modern information technologies represent a formidable challenge to maintaining this epistemic sovereignty as they have simplified to the extreme a precise reproduction of historical documents and production of digital archives. The talk will focus on several cases of digital archives to discuss this challenge and the measures that the Russian state implements to maintain its sovereign control over historical knowledge.
Golubev’s experience in digital humanities stems from his work on several digital collections and archives, including a digital archive of the Russian imperial newspaper News of the Olonets Governorate (1838-1917). He currently works on a project to create a corpus of Russian war letters, supported by a seed grant from the Digital Research Commons.
University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce the winners of the fall 2018 Song of the Semester contest.
The first place winner is Yanis Bratlien (@yanisbratlien) with “Girl With The Mint Green Stare.” Listen to the winning track below:
Amanda Pascali (@amandinapascali) won second place with “Shine On Star Boy.”
Shazan Balloul took third place with “Mama.”
Congratulations to the winners and to all those who entered. All entries were recorded in the Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio at the MD Anderson Library.
Next week, visitors to the University of Houston MD Anderson Library will notice a suite of 40 banners displayed in the atrium. The Banner Project, created by Houston activist Sara Fernandez, is a pop-up exhibit featuring pivotal points in Houston’s LGBT history from the 1930s to present day.
2018 marks the third year that UH Libraries has partnered with Fernandez to host the banners and promote awareness of diversity and inclusion. Vince Lee, UH Special Collections archivist, stated that the display “encapsulates Houston’s LGBT history: individuals, events, and milestones which have been hard fought to secure recognition and rights which we all enjoy.”
The Banner Project will be on display at the MD Anderson Library by October 11, which is National Coming Out Day, and will remain through the end of the month. Staff from Special Collections will be available with information on the LGBT History Research Collection, as well as outreach from the UH LGBTQ Resource Center.
Visit our newest exhibit, Brothers in Rhyme: Fat Pat, Big Hawk, and the Screwed Up Click, open to the public and located on the first floor of MD Anderson Library. The exhibit commemorates the lives and careers of brothers and fellow rappers Patrick “Fat Pat” Hawkins and the late John “HAWK” Hawkins, who were members of the Screwed Up Click, a collective of Houston-based rappers which formed around the late DJ Robert Earl Davis, Jr., better known as DJ Screw.
Voter registration information for college students is available in the MD Anderson Library Leisure Reading area, first floor.
The University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons (DRC) offers a dedicated space for the UH community to learn more about using digital tools in teaching and research, receive hands-on instruction, attend workshops and talks, and use cutting-edge machinery.
The DRC will host a series of workshops this semester. Workshops are open to all, and are designed for attendees to experiment and build digital research skills.
All workshops will be held from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. on the following dates:
- September 19 – R and R Studio
- October 1 – Topic Modeling in R
- October 19 – GIS
- November 7 – Network Analysis
- November 16 – Open Author Carpentry
The University of Houston Health Sciences Library held its grand opening with a ribbon cutting. Located on the second floor of the Health 2 building, the new library serves the teaching and research needs of the UH colleges of Nursing, Optometry, and Pharmacy, as well as other health-related programs on campus.
A private opening reception for the exhibit Brothers in Rhyme: Fat Pat, Big Hawk, and the Screwed Up Click was held at University of Houston Libraries. The exhibit is on view through December 14 and is open to the public.
The University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons (DRC) held a reception to celebrate its first year of sponsored projects, with a look ahead at the new schedule of workshops and projects in digital research.
The DRC is the best place on campus to learn more about using digital tools in teaching, learning, and research, receive hands-on instruction, and attend workshops and talks on digital research and digital humanities.
The next workshop will be held Thursday, September 13 on R and R Studio.
A new exhibit opens September 10 at University of Houston Libraries.
Twenty years after the death of the Houston rapper Fat Pat, Brothers in Rhyme: Fat Pat, Big Hawk, and the Screwed Up Click commemorates the lives and careers of brothers and fellow rappers Patrick “Fat Pat” Hawkins and the late John “HAWK” Hawkins. Both men were members of the Screwed Up Click, a collective of Houston-based rappers which formed around the late DJ Robert Earl Davis, Jr., better known as DJ Screw. The exhibit celebrates the enduring legacy of DJ Screw and the Screwed Up Click and their impact on fans and recording artists in Houston and around the world.
The exhibit features original DJ Screw mixtapes, vinyl records owned by DJ Screw, posters, photographs, flyers, handwritten rap lyrics, and other materials related to the Screwed Up Click.
In keeping with the collective nature of the Screwed Up Click, a variety of scholars, writers, and performing and visual artists were invited to contribute labels for the exhibit. Curator Julie Grob and UH Libraries would like to recognize Brandon Caldwell, Matthew K. Carter, Victor Del Hierro, Maco L. Faniel, Robert Hodge, Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud, Amy Mueller, Anthony “Fat Tony” Obi, Josie Pickens, Matthew Ramirez, Lance Scott Walker, and Langston Collin Wilkins.
Visitors can view Brothers in Rhyme: Fat Pat, Big Hawk, and the Screwed Up Click on the first floor of the MD Anderson Library through December 14.
For information, contact Julie Grob.