Film.Literature.Software Film Screening

Please join us for a screening and discussion of…


Wednesday, May 7th, 2008


South Hall 2635

Anticipating the Consortium for Literature, Theory, and Culture’s upcoming conference on Time, we’ll be screening Primer, a unique and original time travel movie.  Written and directed by Shane Carruth, Primer was shot on a $7000 budget and went on to win the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize in 2004.  When four engineers accidentally create a time machine, their experiments with time travel soon begin to unfold in unexpected ways.  By tempting its characters with the power of using present knowledge to affect the past, the film challenges our notions of time’s effects on power, truth and ethics, and involves the viewer in a puzzle of labyrinthine time-lines and temporal paradoxes.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.  See you there!

April 28, 2008 at 9:45 pm

research slam

Transcriptions Research Slam
Friday, May 9, 2008
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

UCSB South Hall 2635

Please join us on Friday, May 9th for a research event consisting of three sequential media poster sessions, followed by discussion and a reception.  RSVP to

Participating Scholars:

  • Jeremy Douglass on visual rhetoric for large displays.
  • Christopher J. Hagenah on performing Jason Lutes’ Berlin.
  • Bola C. King on health communication-campaigns in “Second Life.”
  • Bola C. King and Amanda Phillips on publicly editable maps (GeoWikis) in virtual spaces.
  • Kim Knight on the viral dissemination of media adaptations.
  • Kris McAbee on visualizing the rise and fall of the Sonneteer in sixteenth-century England and beyond.
  • Jessica Murphy on a digital humanities approach to Early Modern gender.
  • Amanda Phillips on the narrative data stream.
  • Shaun Sanders on the tonal mapping of literature.
  • Elizabeth Swanstrom on the function of error in Giselle Beiguelman’s “esc for escape.”
  • William Warner on strategies for visualizing the American Revolution.

For more please see the Transcriptions research slam website.

April 24, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Baudrillard Conference

Please join us for a two-day symposium discussing Baudrillard’s impact on a wide spectrum of disciplines.

Friday, April 18th: 4-5:45 PM

Saturday, April 19th: 9AM- 5:30PM

Centennial House

Along with Marshall McLuhan, Baudrillard was perhaps the most influential thinker of his time in terms of recognizing the uncomfortably strong influence modern media in the postindustrial age has over society and culture. With an intellectual background ranging from sociology to semiotics, he wrote numerous theses advancing an argument against the drive towards mass consumerism.

Keynote Speaker: Douglas Kellner, UCLA

“Reflections on the late Baudrillard with Special Attention to the Art Conspiracy”

April 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm

Transcriptions Drop-in Hours, Week 10 and Finals Week

Transcriptions drop-in hours are as follows for the last two weeks of the quarter:

Week 10 
  • Tuesday, March 11th, 11:30 – 5:00
  • Wednesday, March 12th, 9:30 – 12:00
  • Thursday, March 13th, 1:30 – 5:00
  • Friday, March 14th, 10:00 – 12:30 
Finals Week:
  • Monday, March 17th: 11:00 – 1:30

March 10, 2008 at 5:03 am

Event: Science and Technology, 1500 – 1800

The Early Modern Center, in collaboration with Transcriptions, invites you to this one-day interdisciplinary conference: a forum to explore the interrelated fields of science and technology in the early modern period.  We conceive of science and technology as a broad range of social and cultural practices, cultural and historical formations, and epistemological perspectives.

The conference will take place:

March 14th, 2008

9:00 – 5:30

McCune Conference Room

For more information on the conference, including a list of speakers and paper titles, please visit the Early Modern Center’s webpage:

March 4, 2008 at 7:41 pm

Video Editing Workshop: Thursday, March 6th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Transcriptions will be holding a workshop on using video editing in the classroom.  The workshop, led by Chris Hagenath, will be held in  Transcriptions on Thursday, March 6th, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

Designed specifically for instructors to learn the pedagogical  applications of video editing, the workshop will teach you how to edit film clips so that you can smoothly integrate them into your lectures. 

 The workshop will start with a demonstration of how you might use video editing in a lecture.  You will then learn how to rip and edit clips and export them to DVD or Quicktime (depending on the capabilities of your classroom).  There will be a dicussion of technical questions as well as of copyright/intellectual property issues.  There will also be time for Q&A and perhaps a short iMovie tutorial if people are interested.

February 27, 2008 at 6:53 pm

Blogging with WordPress Tutorials (updated information)

Transcriptions will be holding several Blogging with WordPress tutorials over the coming weeks:

**Basic Blogging** 

Friday, February 29th, 11:00 – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, March 5th, 10:00 – 11:00 am

This workshop will cover the basics of WordPress Blogging: what blogging is, the differences between and, starting a blog, and creating posts, pages, and comments.  The focus will be on creating a blog for academic or course-related needs, although personal blogging may also be addressed.

**Advanced Blogging: Customizing Your Blog** 

Friday, March 7th, 11:00 – 12:00

Wednesday, March 12th, 11:00 – 12:00 

This workshop will cover more advanced aspects of WordPress blogging, including good blogging practices, images, video, editing posts, HTML codes, customizing themes and headers, and personalizing your sidebar using widgets.

February 22, 2008 at 8:33 pm

Dreamweaver Tutorials (updated information)

Transcriptions will be holding Dreamweaver workshops during the following times:

February 26th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

February 27th, 10:00-11:00 am

Tuesday, March 4th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Wednesday, March 5th, 11:00 – 12:00 pm

Dreamweaver web-authoring tutorials are open to everyone but are designed specifically to aid students who have web-authoring assignments due at the end of the quarter. The tutorial will cover basic skills including: defining the site, connecting to UWeb through FTP, making simple pages, making links, adding images, using tables, and uploading pages. It will also provide resources for intermediate skills (like using templates, layers, and graphics).

February 22, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Event: Visiting Artist talk with Michael Mastrototaro (2/15/08)

The English Department’s Literature and Culture of Information Specialization and Transcriptions Center present:


a talk by visiting artist

Michael Mastrototaro 


Friday, February 15th, 2008

South Hall 2509

1:00 – 2:30 pm

“How much feelings have an Avatar? Where is the intersection between Real- and Virtual-Life?  And is it possible to spread out a Virus who is reacting to the personal behaviours of Avatars in Second Life?

These questions are the starting point of the media art project by Michael Mastrototaro (aka MACHFELD)

 The bright light of the digital culture burns with a vision of being in communities…and the user is not alone any more in this virtual hyperspace.  All this very hype Online-Communities like Second Life, MySpace and so on gives us an overview that togetherness helps us to define our daily needs and to find out what we really want in both lives.

 But what’s happening if someone installs real life behaviours like illness in these very frequented online worlds?”

 This event is part of the UCSB English Department’s Second Life Project.

February 12, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Winter Hours 2008

The Winter Quarter Hours for the Transcriptions Center:

  • Tuesdays, 11:00 – 5:00
  • Wednesdays, 9:30 – 12:00
  • Thursdays, 2:00 – 5:00
  • Fridays, 10:00 – 12:30

Please feel free to email the current Transcriptions RA, Julia Panko, for an appointment outside of these hours.

February 12, 2008 at 8:35 pm

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