Machine as Human/Human as Machine

A Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and the Arts and Humanities

Dear Colleagues, 

We are delighted to invite you to a symposium on artificial intelligence (AI) and the arts and humanities to take place March 21st and 22nd of 2024 here at Iowa State University. The symposium is part of a larger, University-wide strategic initiative on AI and the humanities and advances the hypothesis that building machines that act like people is a quintessentially humanistic and creative endeavor. Our symposium draws together international experts on AI and the arts and humanities from a broad range of disciplines to inspire conversations and new collaborations in research and teaching.

In conjunction with the Faculty Senate’s Bi-Annual Spring Symposium on AI on March 21st, 2024, the first afternoon of our symposium focuses on pedagogy in the arts and humanities. The following day, March 22nd, 2024, focuses on the broad range of prior work and future opportunities for research in AI within the arts and humanities.

While our symposium focuses specifically on the arts and humanities, we remain true to the historical origins of AI as a research field in welcoming scholars from all fields to attend.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Symposium Organizing Team
Ritwik Banerji
John Monroe

Registration is Required

Please register by March 8, 2024. Lunch will be provided to all registered attendees for the March 22nd (Friday) portion of the event.

Guest Speakers

Abram Anders, Associate Professor of English, Iowa State University

Ritwik Banerji, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Iowa State University

Kyle Booten, Assistant Professor of English, University of Connecticut

Nan Z. Da, Associate Professor of English, Johns Hopkins University

Johnny DiBlasi, Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture, Iowa State University

Eric Drott, Associate Professor of Music Theory, University of Texas

Nick Seaver, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Tufts University


Thursday, March 21, 2024

In partnership with the Faculty Senate Bi-Annual Symposium on AI in Teaching and Research

South Ballroom, Iowa State Memorial Union

2:45 pm—4:00 pm    Roundtable: “Humanities Pedagogy After AI”
                                  Abram Anders
                                  Kyle Booten
                                  Moderator: John Monroe

Friday, March 22, 2024

Thinking Machines in Humanities Scholarship

Campanile Room, Iowa State University Memorial Union

8:00am—9:00am    Coffee and Pastries

9:00am—9:05am    Opening Remarks

9:05am—9:15am    Welcome from LAS Dean and ISU Provost

9:15am—9:30am    Break

9:30am—12pm       Roundtable: “Cultivation”
                                Kyle Booten
                                Johnny DiBlasi
                                Nick Seaver
                                Moderator: Lindsay Preseau

12pm—1pm            Lunch (in Rooms 3560, 3580, Memorial Union)

1pm—3:30pm         Roundtable: “Performance”
                                Ritwik Banerji
                                Nan Z. Da
                                Eric Drott
                                Moderator: Kathleen Hilliard

3:30pm—3:45pm    Break

3:45pm—5pm         Open Forum Discussion