Spatial Humanities and the Study of Literature — Digital Bridges seminar with Michael Gavin

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Event Location: 
Obermann Center library
111 Church St.
Iowa City, IA 52245

This seminar revolves around readings drawn from the recent collection Literary Mapping in the Digital Age (Routledge 2016), edited by David Cooper, Christopher Donaldson, and Patricia Murrieta-Flores. Focused on theory rather than practice, the seminar is designed for scholars with an interest in spatial analysis as a method for studying literature. Please register so that readings can be circulated in advance.

Michael Gavin, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of South Carolina, is a scholar of digital humanities and British literature. He is the author of The Invention of English Criticism, 1650-1760 (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and numerous articles on a range of methods and practices in the digital humanities, including a recent article co-authored with Eric Gidal of the University of Iowa English Department: "Scotland's Poetics of Space: An Experiment in Geospatial Semantics" (Cultural Analytics). His current research asks how new forms of digital writing enable new ways of thinking and talking about literature, history, and geography. His own work ranges across computational linguistics, network science, geospatial modeling, and agent-based simulation.

For more information, contact UI Digital Bridges Postdoctoral Fellow Matt Hannah at

Sponsored by Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry: A Grinnell College/University of Iowa Partnership funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, and the UI Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio.