Virginia Humanities Conference at VCU 2022

March 31, 2022

The Virginia Humanities Conference March 31 to April 1, 2022

Thursday March 31 – Friday April 1 (virtual event)

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Awash in data, humanities buoys hope.

The Virginia Humanities Conference at VCU, Plot Points: Data, Humanities and Transformation will address the transformational possibilities at the intersection of arts and humanities, texts and data, and the digital and computational sciences. When looking for equitable solutions to our most critical social issues, humanities and the arts interact with collective data to lead to more just choices. This virtual conference, featuring a keynote from transmedia artist Stephanie Dinkins of Stony Brook University, is free and open to all.

This event is co-sponsored by The Humanities Research Center and The University College at VCU. Submit a proposal.

Keynote Speaker: Stephanie Dinkins

Stephanie Dinkins

"On Love, Data and Technologies Rooted in Care"

March 31 at 12 p.m.

Many algorithmic technologies are rooted in methods that limit and cajole information from the first human and computational assumptions. We assess ourselves using false dichotomies that force inadequate choices building a world bereft of complexity and nuance. The disinclinations of our systems to cope with the unseen, the unknown, difference, and change limit possibilities for everyone.

Through intelligent technologies --the ones that look like us, the ones that serve us, and the ones that do neither -- we have the ability to understand and organize human activity with complexity and broadly principled care. So, why aren’t these the goals of our algorithmic doppelgangers, assistants, and technological ecosystems more generally?

Often envisioned outside the realm of what is technologically possible within artificial intelligence, care is an essential aspect of human information and resource-sharing networks that aid our survival. Recognition of this idea raises questions such as how can we infuse -- cooperatively, adversarially, or fugitively—ecosystems we depend on as well as the people and institutions that currently hold power with ways of being, values, ethics, and knowledges they are blind to or don't understand?

Speaker Bio

Stephanie Dinkins is a transmedia artist who creates platforms for dialog about race, gender, aging, and our future histories. Dinkins’ art practice employs emerging technologies, documentary practices, and social collaboration toward equity and community sovereignty.  She is driven to work with communities of color to co-create more equitable, values grounded social and technological ecosystems.

Dinkins exhibits and publicly advocates for equitable AI internationally. Her work has been generously supported by fellowships, grants, and residencies from United States Artist, The Knight Foundation, Berggruen Institute, Onassis Foundation,  Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI, Creative Capital, Sundance New Frontiers Story Lab, Eyebeam, Data & Society, Pioneer Works, NEW INC, and The Laundromat Project. Dinkins is a professor at Stony Brook University where she holds the Kusama Endowed Professorship in Art.