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12th Annual Conference


Tuesday April 10, 2018 , 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Hogan Center, The College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA


Keynote Address

“Joycestick – Engaging Ulysses In a Virtual Reality Game”Photo of Joseph Nugent

Joycestick is Ulysses adapted as an immersive, 3D virtual reality (VR) computer game – a “gamification,” in contemporary parlance. Users don a VR eyepiece and headphones and, with gaming devices, navigate and explore various scenes from the book.  Joycestick is Nugent’s most recent excursion into digital humanities. In past years, he and his students have produced an e-book guide based on Joyce’s Dubliners, a multi-media tour depicting Dublin in 1922 also inspired by Ulysses, and an interactive digital guide to accompany a McMullen Museum of Art exhibition on Ireland’s Arts and Crafts movement.

Joseph Nugent is Professor of the Practice in Boston College’s English Department. Professor Nugent’s interests lie at the confluence of Irish Studies, Joyce Studies, and the Digital Humanities. His Digital Humanities courses explore ways in which GIS and off-the-shelf digital text analysis tools can enhance students’ experience of space, actual and literary. He is currently managing an Advanced Topic Seminar exploring VR and immersive technologies. Professor Nugent's technological projects exploit Joyce's texts as windows onto the social and cultural life of fin-de-siecle Dublin. This classroom-laboratory approach has generated products such as the iPhone app, JoyceWays, the e-book Digital Dubliners, and the Dubliners Bookshelf. His digital guide and his 3D immersion experience appeared in Making it Irish, at the McMullen Museum in 2016 and in Boston College Ireland.

Luncheon Keynote Address

"Digital Commonwealth Repository System Update: Year in Review & Future Directions"
An overview of features and collections added to the Digital Commonwealth system over the past year will be provided, and a roadmap for additional features and future system updates will be discussed. In addition, this session will cover usage statistics and user behavior patterns for the Digital Commonwealth collections site, as well as exploring site traffic sources and popular content.

Eben English is a Web Services Developer at the Boston Public Library. Prior to this position, he worked in a number of academic libraries in Chicago, focusing on digital collection development and library website design. He holds an MLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


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