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Victoria Szabo

Victoria Szabo

Research Professor, Visual and Media Studies; Program Director, Information Science + Information Studies
Victoria Szabo

Victoria Szabo is Research Professor of Visual and Media Studies in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Graduate Faculty in Computational Media Arts & Cultures, and affiliated with Innovation & Entrepreneurship. 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 asCo-Director of the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge. She is co-lead of the Bass Connections Information, Society & Culture theme. She is former co-Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute’s GreaterThanGames Lab. 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. She is also interested in the digital remediation of historic archives and exhibitions into interactive experiences, and is a member of the Visualizing Venice/Visualizing Cities consortium, as well as a partner on the NC Jukebox,Digital Durham, Visualizing Lovecraft, and Mapping Occupied Krakow projects, among others. She co-creates media art projects with Psychasthenia Studio and also chairs the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Rochester and worked as a professional academic technology developer at Stanford before coming to Duke in 2006.

Current Collaborations

Building Duke


Books & Book Chapters

  • Jacobs, Hannah L., Kathryn Wymer, Victoria E. Szabo, and W. Russell Robinson. “A tale of two Durhams: how Duke University and North Carolina Central University are increasing access and building community through DH pedagogy.” In Debates in Digital Humanities Pedagogy, edited by Brian Croxall and Diane Jakacki. Minnesota, MN: University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming.
  • Szabo, Victoria. “Apprehending the Past: Augmented Reality, Archives, and Cultural Memory.” The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and the Digital Humanities. Ed. Jentery Sayers. Routledge. 2018.
  • Szabo, Victoria. “Collaborative and Lab-Based Approaches to 3D and VR/AR in the Humanities,” in 3D/VR in the Academic Library: Emerging Practices and Trends. Council of Library and Information Resources. 2019.
  • Szabo, Victoria. “Critical and Creative Approaches to Digital Cultural Heritage with Augmented Reality,” in The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media Art. Eds. Larissa Hjorth, Adriana de Souza e Silva, and Klare Lanson. Routledge, 2020.
  • Szabo, Victoria. “Guidebooks and Mobile Apps: A New Mode for Communication, ” and “Visualizing Venice Summer Workshops for Graduate Students and Beginning Scholars.” Visualizing Venice. Routledge. 2017.

Public-Facing Scholarship


  • Lanzoni, Kristin Huffman, Mark James-Vrooman Olson, and Victoria E. Szabo. “Wired! and Visualizing Venice: Scaling up Digital Art History.” Artl@s Bulletin 4, no. 1 (2015): Article 3.
  • Jaskot, Paul B., Hannah L. Jacobs, Mark Olson, Victoria Szabo, and Edward Triplett. “Shaping the Discipline of Digital Art History: A recap of an advanced summer institute on 3-D and (geo)spatial networks.” The Iris. December 19, 2018.
  • Senior, Timothy, Victoria Szabo, and Florian Wiencek. “Digital Cities: A Collaborative Engagement With Urban Heritage,” Scientific Paper Program from Digital Heritage 2013, Marseilles, France, IEEE and Eurographics.
  • Szabo, Victoria, Stefania Zardini Lacedelli and Giacomo Pompanin,“From Landscape to Cities: a Participatory Approach to the Creation of Digital Cultural Heritage.” International Information & Library Review. 2017.
  • Szabo, Victoria. “Knowledge in 3D: How 3D Data Visualization is Reshaping Our World.” Parameters: Knowledge Under Digital Conditions. Social Science Research Council. July 11, 2018. Featured as Editor’s Choice at Digital Humanities Now.
  • Szabo, Victoria. “Psychasthenia Studio and the Gamification of Contemporary Culture.” Media and Communication. Vol 6, Issue 2. 2018.
  • Szabo, Victoria E. “Transforming Art History Research with Database Analytics: Visualizing Art Markets.” Art Documentation 31, no. 2 (2012): 158-175. doi:10.1086/668109.


Bruzelius, Caroline, and Victoria E. Szabo. “The Lives of Places and Cities: New models of representation and their conceptual implications for the past and present.” Paper presented at Seminario Internazionale: Promosso dagli insegnamenti: Storia dell’architettura e Disegno edile, Università degli Studi di Padova, Padua, Italy, June 9, 11, and 16, 2014.

Bruzelius, Caroline, Mark J.V. Olson, Donatella Calabi, Andrea Giordano, Victoria E. Szabo. “Visualizing Venice.” Panel presentation at “Florentia Illustrata. Digital Mapping and Techniques of Visualizing the Pre-modern Italian City,” Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, Florence, Italy, June 17, 2013.

Huffman, Kristin Love, and Victoria E. Szabo. “Wired! Approaches to Digital Scholarship.” Paper presented at Symposium on Digital Cultures, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA, October 21, 2014.

Jacobs, Hannah L., and Victoria Szabo. “Digital Archiving & Storytelling in the Classroom with Omeka & CurateScape.” Digital Humanities 2016. Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. July 12, 2016.

Jacobs, Hannah L., Paul Jaskot, Mark J.V. Olson, Victoria E. Szabo, and Edward Triplett. “Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D (Geo)Spatial Networks.” Panel presentations at the College Art Association Conference, New York, NY, February 13, 2019.

Jacobs, Hannah L., Paul Jaskot, Mark J.V. Olson, Victoria E. Szabo, and Edward Triplett. Presentation at “Coding Our Collection: Datathon,” National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, October 25, 2019.

Olson, Mark J.V., Elizabeth P. Baltes, Erica Sherman, and Victoria E. Szabo. “Digital Scholarly Communication – Notes from the Wired! Lab for Digital Historical Visualization.” Panel presented at the HASTAC 2011 Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, December 2, 2011.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Augmented Humanities Practice: The Fluid Site of Annotation.” Paper presented at the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, Dallas, TX, October 11, 2014.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Augmented Reality Experience Design for Digital Heritage.” Paper presented at Università degli Studi di Padova, Padua, Italy, June 10, 2015.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Augmented Reality Experience Design for Digital Heritage.” Paper presented at Università degli Studi di Padova, Padua, Italy, June 21, 2016.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Beyond Annotation (or Pokemon or Zombies) in Urban AR.” Keynote at Association for Colleges of the Midwest VR Pedagogy Workshop. Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA. July 16, 2019.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Building the Digital City: New Media Theory Meets Digital Humanities Practice.” Paper presented at the HASTAC 2013 Conference, Toronto, Ontario, April 27, 2013.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Collaborative Approaches to Digital Cultural Heritage,” Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. March 18-19, 2019.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Collaborative Approaches to Modeling the Past in 3D/VR: The Interdisciplinary Lab Model for Teaching, Research, and Public Outreach.” Paper presented at the Council on Library and Information Resources 3D/VR Symposium. March 8, 2018.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Contested Histories: Collaborative Approaches to Visualizing Cultural Heritage.” Visualization and the Holocaust: Analyzing Space and Place with Digital Methods and Geographical, Textual, and Visual Sources. Duke University, 18 January 2019.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Contested Histories: Cultural Heritage and the Digital Archive.” Paper presented at Digital Humanities, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, October 30, 2018.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Cultural Approaches to Digital Heritage.” Paper presented at the Mellon Graduate Program in the Digital Humanities, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, March 2, 2017.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Decomposing the Disciplines.” B³ – Bildung Beyond Boundaries, Part II: Beyond the Discipline. Academic Innovations and the Role of Inter and Trans Disciplinarity. Jacobs University. Bremen, Germany. 9 November 2018. Interview for Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (German Forum for Higher Education in the Digital Age):

Szabo, Victoria E. “Digital Cultural Heritage as Public Humanities Collaboration.” Paper presented at the College Art Association Conference, Washington, DC, February 5, 2016.

Szabo, Victoria E. “The Future of Digital Teaching and Learning.” NOWETAS Group Meeting: Is Powerpoint the Answer to Modern Learning and Teaching? HWK Delmenhorst, Germany. 15 November 2017.

Szabo, Victoria E. “The Humanities in 3D: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Digital Knowledge.” Invited Speaker at Drew University, Madison, NJ. November 11, 2020.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Humanities, Science & Technology: The Interdisciplinary Lab and the City.” Paper presented at the PhD Academy on The Importance of Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Tackle Societal Challenges, Katholieka Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, September 20, 2017.

Szabo, Victoria E. “On Site and On Location: Digital Heritage and the 21st Century Museum.” Paper presented at the Centre de Recerca i Debat. Museo D’Historia de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, June 26, 2014.

Szabo, Victoria E. “The Presence of the Past: Augmented Reality for Digital Heritage.” Paper presented at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, March 26, 2015. “The Virtual in the Digital: Post-DH Approaches to Collaborative Scholarly Practice.” Michigan State University Digital Humanities Distinguished Lecture. October 6, 2020.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Visual Studies and Digital Humanities.” Paper presented as part of the 20th Anniversary of Visual and Cultural Studies Series, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, March 30, 2010 – April 1, 2010.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Visualizing Cities: Representing the Past with Augmented Reality.” Speaker at UNC-Wilmington. Wilmington, DC. October 31, 2019.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Visualizing the City: Objects, Landscapes, Networks.” Paper presented at the Centre de Recerca i Debat, Museo D’Historia de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, July 5, 2017.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Visualizing the Past: Database-Driven Exploration in Hybrid Reality Systems.” Paper presented at the Digital Humanities Symposium, Center for Disciplinary Innovation, University of Chicago, Chicago IL. January 13-14, 2014.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Visualizing Venice: Digital Cultural Heritage Concepts and Opportunities.” Plenary Lecture presented at VRIJE Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 1, 2016.

Szabo, Victoria E., Caroline Bruzelius, Maurizio Forte, Copper Frances Giloth, Louis P. Kaplan, Stefania Zardini Lacedelli, Radu Leon, Kerry Loewen, Diana Ndiaye, Mark J.V. Olson. “Digital Cultural Heritage as Public Humanities Collaboration.” Session organized at the College Art Association Conference, Washington, DC, February 4, 2016. Szabo, Victoria E., Ciara Capulli, Cristina Mosconi, Estefanía López-Salas, Burcak Ozludil, Edward Triplett, and Augustus Wendell . “Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D (Geo)Spatial Networks.” Panel discussion at the College Art Association Conference, Chicago, IL, February 13, 2020.