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Cities Humanities Archives
Innis College Town Hall
Time: Jun 13th, 9:00 am End: Jun 15th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Urban, South Asian, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Information, Faculty of, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Cities and Humanities, Cinema, Art (FAS), 2000-
Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI)

2011 Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI)
Cities Humanities Archives

Beyond the observation that most archives are located in cities, what would it mean to regard the city itself as an archive? Cities are transit points through which immigrant communities move, and so the people themselves are an archive of where they have been, and of course of human hopes. Both local and dislocating, cities are home to reservoirs of memories: some held in the museums, libraries, and public archives, others held in immigrant practices, religions, and cultures. The streets and buildings themselves serve as archives of changes and waves of migration, of technology, planning and public health.

The 2011 CHCI Annual Meeting will explore the multiple ways that cities are archives for the humanities.  Some content is designed for CHCI members, who are Directors and administrators of humanities institutes, but most is open and designed to meet the interests of the University of Toronto scholarly community.

This year's meeting also features Humanities (Dot) Net: Currents in the Digital Humanities on June 15. Convened with the CHCI-affiliate organization centerNet, the governing question for this day of dialogue with prominent figures in the digital humanities will be:

  • What are the big emerging ideas in the humanities and how can they intersect with new technologies?

We hope that in addressing this question we will be able to consider new modes of engagement between research faculty in the humanities and the digital world, and to encourage broader participation in digital research projects. This additional day requires no additional registration fee, and we encourage all to join us for what will likely be an exciting and informative discussion. A schedule for the event can be found below.


The following information is current as of February 17, 2011 and is subject to change


4:00 – 6:00 pm  
CHCI Group Meetings: New Directors; Associate Directors & Administrators, 
Location(s) TBD
6:00 – 8:00 pm  
Annual Meeting Opening Reception  
Metro Toronto Archives

Innis College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue (open to all)

9:00 – 10:30 am
  Plenary Lecture:  Invisible and Objectless:  The Contemporary City Archive

11:00 am – 12:30 pm  
Panel: Cities as Archives

12:30 – 1:30 pm

1:30 – 3:00 pm  
Discussion Session: Lagos, a film by Rem Koolhaas

3:30 – 5:30 pm
  Walking Tours:  sign-up at registration desk

6:30 – 8:30 pm  
Annual Meeting Dinner,  L’espresso, 321 Bloor Street West (CHCI members only)

Innis College Town Hall and Hart House, University of Toronto Campus (a.m. is open to all / p.m. is for CHCI members)

9:00 – 10:00 am
  Plenary Lecture (open to all): Archives of Absence

  • Linda Hutcheon, University Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Toronto 

10:30 pm – 12:00 pm  
Panel: Religion in Urban Diaspora (open to all)

12:30 – 1:30 pm  
Lunch with Breakout Discussions, 
Hart House Great Hall (CHCI members only)

1:30 – 2:30 pm  
CHCI Business/Membership meeting
, Hart House Great Hall (CHCI members only)

3:00 – 4:00 pm  Workshop: Collaboration, Innis College Town Hall (CHCI members only)

4:15 – 6:00 pm
  CHCI Futures: New Projects and Initiatives (CHCI members only)

After the adjournment of the Annual Meeting, we encourage all attendees to take part in the many offerings of Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts and Creativity.

humanities (dot) net: Currents in the Digital Humanities


Organized by CHCI and centerNet

The following information is current as of 7 June 2011 and is subject to change.


All sessions will take place at the Jackman Humanities Institute, Room 100a

9:00 – 10:30 am  
Opening Plenary Session: Bridging the Digital Gap in Humanities Scholarship 

10:30 – 10:40 am
  Short Discussions of Current Projects in the Digital Humanities

11:00 am – 12:00 pm  
Panel: Digital Disciplines 

  • James Chandler, Director, Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago
  • Tara McPherson, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
  • Chair: Geoffrey Rockwell, Philosophy and Humanities Computing, University of Alberta and project leader, TAPoR

12:00 – 1:30 pm 
Lunch with Breakout sessions (CHCI and centerNet members only)

  • Chair: Stefan Sinclair, Communications & Multimedia, McMaster University
  • Centers for Research and the Role of Service
  • Infrastructure Planning and University Funding

1:30 – 2:30 pm  
Panel: Digital Publics 

2:30 – 2:40 pm  
Short Discussions of Current Projects in the Digital Humanities

3:00 – 4:30 pm
  Partners Roundtable: Humanities and the Wider World 

4:30 – 5:30 pm
  Closing Session: The Future of the CHCI/centerNet Alliance (CHCI and centerNet members only)

Download conference poster [pdf]

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