‘Wild Surmise’: How Humanists and Artists Discovered the Internet at UCSB, c.1994 – An Origins Story

Friday, January 13, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


 

Free Event

Join us in the UCSB Library, Instruction & Training 1312, for a talk by Alan Liu, UCSB Department of English. How did humanities and arts computing start at UCSB in the era of the beginning of the Web? How did our campus become one of the early leaders in scholarly use and study of the Internet by humanists?

In this talk, Alan Liu provides a glimpse of the origin of his Voice of the Shuttle Web site for humanities research, the UCSB Many Wolves Authoring Collective, the Ultrabasic Guide to the Internet for Humanities Users at UCSB, the originalHumanitas.ucsb.edu server, the first department-based server in the humanities, and other greatest hits of the very, very early online era at UCSB. What did the world look like in 1994 from the perspective of humanists browsing on a 2400-baud modem with Lynx and Mosaic?