Humanities in the Age of Technology

We are very happy to announce our second event on technology for the academic year.

Advances in technology have long been changing the way scholars work in terms of teaching, research, and administrative duties. The HSSA is well aware that tomorrow’s scholars will work in a different world than that of today, and is therefore taking concrete steps to offer opportunities to learn about the uses of technology relevant to teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 23 2014, for three talks about technology’s supplemental and transformative roles in research in the humanities and social sciences presented by Cathryn Carson and Kurt Keutzer from UC Berkeley, and Zephyr Frank from Stanford University, moderated by Alberto Todeschini.


Cathryn Carson is a historian of science who holds a faculty appointment in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley. She has authored and edited books on the history of physics and philosophy in 20th-century Germany and the United States. She has served since 2010 as Associate Dean of Social Sciences here at Berkeley, and since 2012 as interim director of D-Lab, the Social Sciences Data Laboratory. She is one of the faculty leads on the new campus data science initiative (Berkeley Institute for Data Science, BIDS), where she leads working groups on ethnography and evaluation and on career paths for data scientists.  Her current research deals with the philosopher Martin Heidegger and his thinking about modern theoretical physics.

Zephyr Frank is an Associate Professor of History at Stanford University, Director of the Spatial History Project, and the principal investigator for the Terrain of History project. This project is an international collaborative project that seeks to reconstruct and analyze the social, cultural, and economic spaces of nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro.

Kurt Keutzer is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. Through his six books and over 250 refereed articles he has become one of the most cited authors in the research domain of Hardware and Architecture. Having earned a doctoral minor in Tibetan Studies at Indiana University, Kurt has continued his engagement in Tibetan studies, periodically publishing on the Tibetan tradition of Bon. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center, an organization dedicated to using modern technologies to facilitate the preservation and dissemination of Tibetan literature.

Alberto Todeschini is the Internet, Technology, and Online Education Officer of the Humanities and Social Sciences Association at UC Berkeley. He specializes in Asian thought, obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia (2011). He has taught at the University of San Francisco, the University of Virginia and Kathmandu University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Ryukoku University in Kyoto, at the Institute for the Humanities at Kyoto University, and at MRC in Berkeley.


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