EMAC and the School of Arts and Humanities host Digital Frontiers 2015

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The Emerging Media and Communication program of the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication and the School of Arts and Humanities teamed up to host the 2015 Digital Frontiers Conference at UT Dallas. Local co-chairs Dr. Kim Knight (EMAC) and Dr. Jessica C. Murphy (Literary Studies) partnered with collaborators from the University of North Texas to bring the conference to UT Dallas in its fourth year. Digital Frontiers was established in 2012 as a project of the UNT Libraries to explore creativity and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries in the arena of public humanities and cultural memory.


The conference brings together scholars and students, librarians and archivists, genealogists and public historians to share their experience of using digital resources in the humanities. The 2015 conference featured keynote speakers Carolyn Guertin from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Michael Edson of the Smithsonian Institute in addition to 37 other presenters from 20 institutions across the United States and internationally.


Held in the Alexander Clark Center, Digital Frontiers offered multiple highlights around the UT Dallas campus. An opening reception was held in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology building and attendees were treated to a personalized tour of the Special Collections Department at the McDermott Library. Two days of conference programming were followed by UT Dallas’ first THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp), an unconference that allows all attendees to work together to determine the agenda based on their expertise and interests.