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October 4


John Gerrard, Dublin: Art Executable
Presentation, followed by an interview with Lutz Koepnick (Vanderbilt University)

Reception, 7:00pm, Library Lobby

October 5

Opening remarks
Bonnie J. Dow, Dean of Academic Initiatives, College of Arts & Science (Vanderbilt University)
Valerie Hotchkiss, Dean of Libraries (Vanderbilt University)


Johannes Endres (University of California, Riverside) and Christoph Zeller (Vanderbilt University): ,

Panel 1, 9:00am-10:30am
Michael Knoche (Klassik Stiftung Weimar): Should Libraries Still be Charged with Collecting in a Digital Environment?
Nikolaus Wegmann (Princeton University): Quality Storage. On Technologies Designed to Keep the Past Alive

Coffee Break, 10:30am-11:00am

Panel 2, 11:00am-12:30pm

Clifford B. Anderson (Vanderbilt University): The Challenge of Big Data to the Phenomenology of Memory
Roland S. Kamzelak (German Literature Archive Marbach): Digital Literary History From an Archival Perspective: Metadata First

Lunch, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Panel 3, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Peter M. McIsaac (University of Michigan): Museums and Collecting in the Digital Age
Jessica Walthew (Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum): Conservation in the Digital Age

Coffee Break, 3:00pm-3:30pm

Panel 4, 3:30pm-5:00pm

Vesna Pavlović (Vanderbilt University): Collapsing Memories: The Archives of the Museum of Yugoslavia
Jana Harper (Vanderbilt University): The Underside of Things

Fine Arts Gallery, Vanderbilt University
Joseph Mella, Director, Fine Arts Gallery: Introduction 5:30pm

Dinner, Fine Arts Gallery at Vanderbilt University 6:00pm-8:00pm


October 6

Panel 1, 8:30pm-10:00pm

Helmut Walser Smith (Vanderbilt University): Signs of Dark Times: Berlin Street Names, 1945-2000
Mireille M. Lee (Vanderbilt University): Modern Collections of Ancient Greek Mirrors: Appropriating the Past, Reflecting the Present, Imag(in)ing the Future

Coffee Break, 10:00am-10:15am

Panel 2, 10:15am-11:45pm

Rolf J. Goebel (University of Alabama in Huntsville): Music and the Limits of Collectibility
Lutz Koepnick (Vanderbilt University): On Collecting Sounds

Lunch, 11:45pm-12:45pm

Panel 3, 12:45pm-2:15pm

Roberto Simanowski (Basel University): Mechanical Reproduction and Automated Autobiographies in Social Media: The Decline of Self-Awareness in the Age of Self-Expression
Edward Dawson (University of Maryland): Cryptokitties and Climate Change: How Blockchain Technology Has Made Digital Objects Collectible by Expanding their Materiality

Coffee Break, 2:15pm-2:30pm

Panel 4, 2:30pm-4:00pm

Douglas C. Schmidt (Vanderbilt University): Surveillance Capitalism and You.
Galen Silvestri, New York: User Data Collection: Motivation, Policy, and Protection

Fisk University, Nashville
Jamaal Sheats, Director, Carl van Vechten Gallery, Fisk University: Introduction 4:30pm

Dinner, Fisk University Rotunda 5:00pm-6:30pm

Party, Harper/Koepnick residence, 7:30pm


October 7

Erin Thompson (John Jay College of Criminal Justice): Digital Collecting Without Digital Colonialism
Andrew McClellan (Tufts University): The Resonant Masterpiece

Closing Remarks
, 10:30pm-10:45pm