Duke University | Classical Studies:

    Victoria Szabo
  • Victoria Szabo

  • Associate Research Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies
      • Box 90766, Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Durham, NC 27708
      • 114 S Buchanan Blvd Bay 10, Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708
      • Phone: (919) 668-1932
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  • Overview

    My primary research interest is in digital media authorship and its potential to transform scholarly research and its expression, especially in the humanities through digital humanities, digital art history, digital history etc. Most recently I have been focusing on how spatial media forms - maps, virtual worlds, games, and data viz - might converge in diverse, multimodal, immersive, shared hypermedia places and spaces. Some "test cases" include: visualizing the Great Exhibition of 1851, mapping the contemporary Muhuru Bay community in Kenya, exploring the development of cholera in Haiti, and modeling Duke and Durham, past and present. Most recently I have worked on Venice, Italy, with special attention to architecture and cultural transformation, and on augmented reality systems development. I also work on collaborative video game based art installations with the Psychasthenia Studio, and on curatorial projects with ACM SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.)

  • Education

    • Ph.D., University of Rochester 2000
    • M.A., University of Rochester 1996
    • M.A., Indiana University at Bloomington 1992
    • B.A., Williams College 1990
  • Awards and Honors

    • Co-Director, FHI GreaterThanGames Lab. Franklin Humanities Institute., 2011
    • Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship. University of Virginia Scholar's Lab/NEH., 2010
    • Co-Convener, Interdisciplinary Working Group - Experiencing Virtual Worlds. Franklin Humanities Institute., 2010
    • Grant: RENCI VIsualization Grant. Renaissance Computing Institute., 2010
  • Professional Activities

    • Presentation
      • Procedural Art: Game Platforms for Creative Expression (with Joyce Rudinsky). New Media Caucus Special Session (organizer). College Art Association Conference. February 6, 2016
      • Digital Cultural Heritage as Public Humanities Collaboration. College Art Association. February 5, 2016
      • Conversations in the Digital Humanities (MC). Digital Humanities Initiative Opening. Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke Univesity. October 2, 2015
      • Media(ting) Art and Human Experience (convener). SIGGRAPH Art Papers. ACM SIGGRAPH . August 11, 2015
      • Augmented Reality Experience Design for Digital Heritage.. Università degli Studi di Padova. June 10, 2015
      • The Presence of the Past: Augmented Reality for Digital Heritage. Bucknell University. March 26, 2015
      • A New Kind of Work: Articulating and Evaluating Excellence in Digital Scholarship (convener). Session sponsored by the Office of Scholarly Communications . Modern Language Association. January 15, 2015
      • Wired! Approaches to Digital Scholarship (with Kristin Lanzoni). Symposium on Digital Cultures. Temple University Libraries. October 21, 2014
      • On Site and On Location: Digital Heritage and the 21st Century Museum. Centre de Recerca i Debat. Museo D’Historia de Barcelona. June 26, 2014
      • he Lives of Places and Cities: New models of representation and their conceptual implications for the past and present (with Caroline Bruzelius). eminario Internazionale: Promosso dagli insegnamenti: Storia dell’architettura e Disegno edile.” Università degli Studi di Padova. June 2014
      • Visualizing the Past: Database-Driven Exploration in Hybrid Reality Systems. Digital Humanities Symposium - Florentia Illustrata. Center for Disciplinary Innovation. University of Chicago. January 2014
      • Critical Media Studies: Hybrid Reality Systems. August 8, 2013
      • Plenary Session IV: Digital Future: The Research Teaching Nexus. (with Katherine Rowe). Associated Departments of English (ADE) Summer Seminar South. June 29, 2013
      • Visualizing Venice panel presentation at "Florentia Illustrata. Digital Mapping and Techniques of Visualizing the Pre-modern Italian City.". June 17, 2013
      • Visualizing Venice Summer Workshop. June 4, 2013
      • Building the Digital City: New Media Theory Meets Digital Humanities Practice at HASTAC 2013.. April 27, 2013
      • Social Media ad Art Markets: Amateurism and Expertise. October 31, 2012
      • The City Talks Back: Traversing Annotated Landscapes. September 28, 2012
      • Digital Cities. September 9, 2012
      • Visualizing Venice Summer Workshop. June 3, 2012
      • Visualizing Art, Law, and Markets. February 24, 2012
      • Digital Durham 3.0. February 6, 2012
      • Digital Humanities as the Object of New Media Studies Critique. January 7, 2012
      • Co-Leader, Evaluating Digital Work for Tenure and Promotion: A Workshop for Evaluators and Candidates at the 2012 MLA Convention. January 5, 2012
      • Respondent, "Transmedia Stories and Literary Games" Panel. January 5, 2012
      • Digital Scholarly Communication – Notes from the Wired! Lab for Digital Historical Visualization. December 2, 2011
      • Digital Humanities and Historical GIS: A Conversation at the Interface. November 18, 2011
      • A Primer for Digital Media Authorship: Placing the Crystal Place. November 16, 2011
      • Respondent: Science, Industry and the Environment. October 22, 2011
      • Gaming the Real: The Convergence of Maps, Social Media, and Virtual Worlds. September 16, 2011
      • The Ethics of Virtual Cultural Representation (Poster Session). June 20, 2011
      • Instructor, Digital Visualization (WIRED) Workshop. June 13, 2011
      • Writing in 3D: Immersive Virtual Writing as Authorship and Critique. February 5, 2011
      • Analog and Digital: Texts, Contexts, and Networks, special session organizer. January 7, 2011
      • Invited Panel Respondent - Sherry Turkle Lecture, "Alone Together: New Intimacies and Solitudes of the Digital Age.". November 4, 2010
      • Virtual Worlds and Community Medicine. July 12, 2010
      • Instructor, Digital Visualization (WIRED) Workshop. June 6, 2010
      • Digital Literacy Panel for Duke Librarian Retreat. May 19, 2010
      • Visual Studies and Digital Humanities. March 30, 2010
      • Panel Discussion - "Before the Flood". February 20, 2010
      • Games and Digital Storytelling, moderator. February 17, 2010
      • Avatar: Techno-Embodiment(?). January 22, 2010
      • A Primer for Digital Media Authorship. December 29, 2009
      • Virtual World Building as Collaborative Knowledge Production: The Online Crystal Palace. December 28, 2009
      • Multimedia Mapping for Research and Discovery in Muhuru Bay, Kenya. November 5, 2009
      • Teaching and Learning in Second Life. May 1, 2009
      • Multimedia Mapping for Engagement and Discovery. April 3, 2009
      • Duke News Online "Office Hours". January 6, 2009
      • Digital Media Writing as Academic Authorship. June 13, 2008
      • Second Life in Undergraduate Education at Duke. April 24, 2008
      • Designing and Implementing Podcasting (Webcast). January 6, 2008
    • Service to the Profession
      • Committee on Information Technology : Modern Language Association. October 19, 2011 - October 19, 2014
      • MFA Planning Committee. January 1, 2011
      • Festival Planning Committee : CHAT Festival 2010. February 16, 2010 - February 19, 2010
  • Selected Publications

  • Selected Grants

    • MRI: Acquisition of a High-Resolution Stereoscopic Interactive Visualization System for Research and Education in Scienc 2014 - 2016
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