Yesterday and today, we are holding the Visualizing Wonder symposium at BYU. We have scholars from across the country and Canada participating, and we are excited! The purpose, participants and agenda are outlined below, and as soon as the conference is over, we will be updating the blog with a recap of what was discussed and the new research goals for this project. In the meantime, we now officially have a hashtag – #visualizingwonder.

Stay tuned – more soon!




About the Symposium –

The way we adapt traditional stories in popular media is at the heart of a transformative cultural moment. This symposium seeks to expand the channels through which we understand this moment. To that end, we invite inquiry on intermedial fairy tales using a variety of databases and computational approaches. This symposium aims to produce peer-reviewed scholarly publications along with planning conference papers and identifying other apt dissemination channels.

The website hosts the searchable teleography of fairy tales on television and several charts, graphs, and interactive diagrams.  This symposium is a spin off of Channeling Wonder and the 2014 AFS Diamond session that introduced the databases and visualizations, connected the research with historic folktale methodologies, provided interpretations stemming from the visualizations, and provoked discussion of future projects and applications.


Participants –

Megan Armknecht – BA, Brigham Young University (BYU)

Robin Atwill – Director, Business Solutions, Technology Solutions Center, University of Winnipeg (UW)

Andrew Blahuta – Enterprise Software Specialist, Technology Solutions Center, UW

Lauren Bosc – Research Coordinator, Women’s and Gender Studies, UW

Madeleine Dresden – MFA Candidate, BYU

Dr. Pauline Greenhill – Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, UW

Dr. Naomi Hamer – Professor of English and Cultural Studies, UW

Girma Jemberu – Senior Software Designer, Technology Solutions Center, UW

Dr. Jeana Jorgenson – Instructor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, Butler University

Dr. John Laudun – Professor of English, University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Kendra Magnus-Johnston – PhD Candidate, Women’s and Gender Studies, UW

Dr. Jarom McDonald – Professor of Digital Humanities, BYU

Jessie Riddle – BA, BYU

Dr. Carrie Roy – Independent Scholar

Dr. Jill Rudy – Professor of English, BYU

Dr. Claudia Schwabe – Professor of German, Utah State University

Kristy Stewart – MA, BYU


Agenda –

Dr. Tim Tangherlini – Professor of Scandinavian Section, University of California, Los Angeles

Lexi Van Dyck – Research Assistant, Women’s and Gender Studies, UW

Darko Zirdum – Senior Software Designer, Technology Solutions Center, UW

Thursday, May 14

Office of Digital Humanities Seminar Room, 1161 JFSB

1:30           Welcome and symposium purpose, Matt Wickman, Humanities Center director

1:35-1:45   Review of MEG grant and Fairy Tales on Television Visualization (FTTV) project, Jill Rudy; Madeleine Dresden, Megan Armknecht, Jessie Riddle, Kristy Stewart

1:45-2:00   FTTV and related projects, Jarom McDonald, Office of Digital Humanities director

2:00-2:15   International Fairy Tale Filmography (IFTF) and related projects, Lexi Van Dyck and Pauline Greenhill, University of Winnipeg

2:15-2:30   Teleography and related projects, Kendra Magnus-Johnston, University of Manitoba

2:30-2:45   Break, informal Q&A session

2:45-3:00   “Picture Book Apps and Immersive Exhibitions,” Naomi Hamer, University of Winnipeg

3:00-3:15   “#AllBirthsMatter: Digital Approaches to Birth and Social Class in Fairy Tales,” Jeana Jorgensen, Butler University

3:15-3:30   “What Do You Do With a Million Movie Goers? Aggregation, Memory, and Plot Summary of Popular Films,” Tim Tangherlini, UCLA

3:30-3:45   “Scripthreads: A Screenplay Visualization and Analytics Tool,” Carrie Roy, Independent Scholar

3:45-4:00   Break

4:00-4:15   “German Fairy Tales, Supernatural Creatures, and Contemporary Pop Culture,” Claudia Schwabe, Utah State University

4:15-4:30   “Counting Tales: Toward an Algorithmic/Augmented Analysis of Narrative,” John Laudun, University of Louisiana, Lafayette

4:30-4:45    Synthesis, key research issues, and breakout group assignments

Friday, May 14

:30-9:15   Breakout discussions, locations and groups TBD

9:15-9:30   Break

9:30-11:30 Think tank on central concepts, issues and future projects, 1161 JFSB

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