Mini-Conference on Digital Humanities
Prof. Anne BALSAMO
Prof. Anne Balsamo is the Dean of the School of Media Studies at the New School in New York City. Her recent book, Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work (Duke, 2011) examines the relationship between culture and technological innovation, with a particular focus on the role of the humanities in cultural innovation.
Previously she was a Full Professor at the University of Southern California where she held joint appointments in the Annenberg School of Communication and the Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinematic Arts. From 2004-2007, she served as the Director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy at USC where she created one of the first academic programs in multimedia literacy across the curriculum. In 2002, she co-founded, Onomy Labs, Inc. a Silicon Valley technology design and fabrication company that builds cultural technologies. Previously she was a member of RED (Research on Experimental Documents), a collaborative research-design group at Xerox PARC who created experimental reading devices and new media genres.
Prof. Douglas ROBINSON
A native of the United States, Prof. Douglas Robinson has lived in Finland for a total of fourteen years, taking three university degrees there and serving as a lecturer in English at the University of Jyväskylä (1975-1981) and a professor of American language and literature (1983-1987) and of Finnish-English Translation Theory and Practice (1987-1989) at the University of Tampere. During his 21 years (1989-2010) as professor of English at the University of Mississippi, he also spent two years in Voronezh, Russia, and five months in Spain; the last three years at Ole Miss he was Director of First-Year Writing. From 2010 to 2012 he served as Tong Tin Sun Chair Professor of English and Head of the English Department at Lingnan University. He is currently Dean of Faculty of Arts and Chair Professor of English at Hong Kong Baptist University. His Ph.D. is from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Robinson is broadly interested in human communication as grounded in human social interaction, and specifically in the ways in which the circulation of shared evaluative affect through the collective body-becoming-mind of a group constitutes a living and constantly self-adjusting and self-regulating organism. The study of this homeostatic interaction, which he calls the somatic exchange, is the basis of his somatic theory.
Robinson has published in a number of fields related generally to human communication: literary studies, language studies, translation studies, postcolonial studies, rhetoric, and philosophy of mind / philosophy of language. He has also published translations from Finnish to English, a novel in Finnish translation, and several textbooks, two for Finnish students of English and one each for students of translation, linguistic pragmatics, and writing. In 1989, he and Ilkka Rekiaro also coauthored a Finnish-English-Finnish dictionary, with 25,000 entries in each direction.
Mr. Haipeng LI
Mr. Haipeng Li is University Librarian at the Hong Kong Baptist University. Prior to the position at Hong Kong Baptist University, he was Associate Director and Acting Head of Access Services at the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey. Before Rutgers, he had worked at Oberlin College in Ohio, University of Arizona and Arizona State University in the U.S.
Mr. Li is active in professional services. He is currently serving as chair of the ALA International Relation's Committee on East Asia and the Pacific, served as President of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) 2006-2007 and Executive Director of CALA from 2008-2013. He chaired the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) in Hong Kong last year (2011-2012) and is currently serving as President of the Hong Kong Library Association (HKLA). His research areas include information literacy, library management and diversity, leadership development, international librarianship and digital libraries.
Prof. Christopher KEYES
Acclaimed by Fanfare Magazine as "Truly masterful...a modernized Rachmaninoff", Prof. Christopher J. Keyes began his career as a pianist, winning many competitions and later making his "double-debut" in Carnegie Hall as both soloist and guest composer with the New York Youth Symphony. He continued his musical training at the Eastman School of Music, completing his doctorate in 1992. His major composition teachers include Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler, Christopher Rouse, and Robert Morris. Among his numerous awards are the Eastman Szernovsky Award, several ASCAP Grants to Young Composers, and the Rudolf Nissim Award for best orchestral work written by a living ASCAP member.
Since the late 1990s his work has focused on electro-acoustic music, multi-channel audio, and more recently computer graphics as mediums to expand the possibilities of acoustic instruments in concert. His compositions have been performed and broadcast in over 30 countries worldwide. He is currently a Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University where he directs the Laboratory for Music Exploration and Research (LaMER). Solo CD's and a mutli-channel DVD of his music can be heard on the Centaur (CRC 2377), Capstone (CPS-8739) and Ravello (RR7803) labels.
Dr. Loretta KIM
Dr. Loretta Kim is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Hong Kong Baptist University. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, she completed an AB in Government and East Asian Studies (1999), AM in Regional Studies-East Asia (2002) and PhD in History (2009) at Harvard University. She started her academic career as a dissertation fellow and instructor at Kenyon College (2007-08) and as an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Albany (2008-10) before assuming her present position.
Her research and teaching specialties include the history of China and Inner Asia from 1600 to the present, early modern empires, Sino-Russian relations, and imperialism and colonialism in East Asia. She employs sources in multiple languages and in a variety of media for her principal research focus, the history of understudied minorities in China's northern frontiers. Interdisciplinary methodology and comparative analysis feature prominently in her current major research projects on Russian cultural diffusion in northeastern China during the Qing dynasty and the socio-cultural history of the Amur River watershed from 1600 to 1900. In her pedagogy, she likewise emphasizes the development of applied history research skills including the compilation of datasets, translation of primary sources, and practice of fieldwork.
Ms. Rebekah Wong
Rebekah Wong started at the Hong Kong Baptist University Library as a reference and instruction librarian. She had also headed the Web Development Team to oversee the Library's public website for 8 years. She currently supervises the Digital and Multimedia Services Section, carrying the title of Senior Assistant Librarian. She emphasizes on collaborating with academic departments and individual faculty members to support the University's vision -- teaching, learning, research, and community services. Via digital technologies, she and her team hope to help scholars with effective information management and information dissemination.
She has published a number of articles in international peer-reviewed journals and recently a book chapter in an IFLA publication. Her current interests are collaboration, grant application, digitization, data curation, video streaming, mobile technologies, and image rendering.