Upcoming Talks

“Gothic Monsters & Evil Houses,” Lunchtime Lecture Series to accompany “Domestic Imaginary” Exhibit (April 20-Aug 19, 2018) at San Jose Museum of Art, May 2, 12-1pm, open to public

When the yellow-eyed creature interrupted the feverish sleep of its creator, Victor Frankenstein, the world was introduced to the possibility of re-animating dead flesh into a dangerous and soul-less monster. Gone were the decrepit and decaying castles of previous Gothic literature – at least until 20th-century novels such as Stephen King’s The Shining or Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves proposed that evil exists not within the soul but instead within a seemingly benign space that in the end amplifies its inhabitants’ propensity towards evil. Katherine D. Harris, Associate Professor of Literature at San Jose State University, will explore the combination of Frankenstein’s 19th-century monster with the Gothic-inspired evil castle in the 20th century. Harris is author of Forget Me Not: The Rise of the British Literary Annual and teaches courses on Gothic & Horror Fiction, Gaming & Narrative, 19th-Century British Novel, and British Romanticism.

Recent Talks

Co-organizer & introductory speaker, with Rebecca Frost Davis & Matthew K. Gold. “Curating Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities.” Modern Language Association Convention 2017, Philadelphia. January 2017. Chosen to be included in the Presidential theme, “Boundary Conditions.”

“Archival Silences” on the panel “Archival Boundaries” Modern Language Association Convention 2017, Philadelphia. January 2017. Chosen to be included in the Presidential Theme, “Archival Boundaries.”

The Rise of the Literary Annual, Powerful Femininity, and Beautiful Books” in concert with a pop-up exhibit of literary annuals and peripheral material from the Columbia RBML (April 21, 6pm, Columbia University, 523 Butler Library, Columbia Morningside Campus). Co-sponsored talk between the Digital Humanities Center and Rare Book & Manuscript Library

“Putting the ‘Digital’ into Digital Pedagogy (April 20, 1-2:20pm, Peruggi Room). Center for Teaching Innovation & Excellence, Marymount Manhattan College (See CTIE flyer & resulting slides + references)

“Forget Me Nots, Keepsakes, and Literary Souvenirs: Building an Empire of British Literary Annuals during the Romantic Period” (April 19, 6-7pm, Rm. 319). Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle & New York Romanticists’ Friend Society, New York Public Library

The Rise of the Literary Annual, Powerful Femininity, and Beautiful Books: An Illustrated Talk and Pop-Up Exhibition,” The Book Club of California, San Francisco, Feb 22, 2016

Using Bootstrap Digital Humanities to Explore Topic Modeling Ghosts, Haunted Houses, and Heroines in 19th-Century Literature,” University of California, Irvine, Feb 5, 2016, 10am-5pm, CALIT2 Auditorium. Day-Long Symposium on Digital Humanities. Invited by Humanities Commons and the Data Science Initiative

Co-Organizer & introductory speaker with Matthew K. Gold and Rebecca Frost Davis, “Curating Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities,” a digital poster session at the Modern Language Convention, Jan 10, 2016 (See That’s a Wrap! MLA 2016 & Digital Pedagogy Plus)

“The California Open Educational Resources Council: From Curation to Adoption,” Open Access Un/Conference 2015, San Jose State University, Oct 23, 2015

“Faculty Perspective on Open Educational Materials,” on the panel “Open and Affordable: Choosing The Right Resources For Your Classroom and Research,” Innovation and Collaboration Expo, San Jose State University. Oct 1, 2015

British Ingenuity from German Invention: The Legacy of Rudolph Ackermann and Nineteenth-Century Literary Annuals,” University of Salzburg Symposium, Salzburg, Austria, Sept 1, 2015 (based on Forget Me Not monograph)

Digital Humanities and Visual Culture,” Symposium at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Institut für deutsche Philologie, Munich, Germany, Sept 2, 2015

“Exposed Bosoms, Licentious Ankles, and Ghostly Bodies: Selling Britishness Under the Guise of an “Unmasculine and UnBawdy Age” of 19th-Century Literary Annuals,” University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, February/March 2014.

“A German and His British Ingenuity: Rudolph Ackermann, Extraordinary Nineteenth-Century Publisher,” Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, March 2014.

Invited Talk, “Marking the Body, Marking the Text: David Greetham’s ‘Archive Fever,'” Friday Forum Symposium & Workshop, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, April 11, 2014.

Discovering COERC for CCCOER panel on “Finding Open Textbooks and Fostering Faculty Adoptions,” Webinar, Sept 10, 2014

Invited talk/participation on Digital Media, Digital Humanities, and Archives.  “Digital Keywords Workshop.” University of Tulsa, Oct, 2014.

Invited Talk, “Collaboration & Failure: Must-Haves in Digital Humanities,” Alabama Digital Humanities Center Speaker Series, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, November 2014.

Working Towards Low-Cost Textbooks: The Collaboration of an Inter-segmental Council of Faculty,” Teaching Truth to Power: Faculty Work in Lowering Course Costs, Textbook Affordability Conference, San Diego, February 2015