Immersive Tech Week: Victoria Szabo Keynote

Presented by the Immersive Technology Collective cluster.

Lunch will be served. Following Dr. Szabo’s talk, please join us for dessert and continued conversation in the DUC Goldberg Formal Lounge.

Visualizing Cities in XR: Collaborative Approaches to Immersive and Interactive Storytelling

For the last decade, the Digital Art History & Visual Culture Research Lab (formerly known as Wired!) at Duke University has explored the potential of immersive and interactive media for research, teaching, and public outreach in art history, urbanism, and cultural heritage application development. This talk will introduce some of our collaborative Visualizing Cities projects, with examples from Venice, Italy; Charlotte NC; and Providence, RI. We will also go behind the scenes with the underlying programs at Duke; describe our project partnerships with other departments, labs, and institutions; and reflect upon the challenges and opportunities of interdisciplinary and international collaboration.


Victoria Szabo is Research Professor of Visual and Media Studies in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University. She is also the Program Director for Information Science + Information Studies, the Director of Graduate Studies for the MA in Digital Art History/Computational Media, and the Director of the Duke Digital Humanities Initiative at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute as well as Co-Director of the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge. Her interests are in digital media and cultures, in theory and in practice, with special attention to media history and its impact on received understandings of the past, and the ways in which critical engagement with new media and information technologies can transform our understandings of history, art, and culture. Her current projects focus on spatial and augmented reality technologies such as interactive maps, virtual worlds, games, and hybrid reality systems, and how they can be applied to humanities teaching and research.