Victoria Szabo

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Victoria Szabo

Associate Research Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies

External Address: 
114 S Buchanan Blvd Bay 10, Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90766, Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 668-1932


My primary teaching and research interest is in the intersection of digital humanities and media studies, especially in relation to spatial and immersive media forms. I  am especially intrigued by the potential of augmented reality to invoke the presence of the past through lived experience in space and time, and have worked on archives-based projects focused on Durham, western NC mountain music, and Venetian architecture, among others. I also co-create video game based art installations with the Psychasthenia Studio, and engage in digital arts curation projects with the ACM SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.) In addition, as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Computational Media, Arts & Cultures, and of the Duke Digital Humanities Initiative, I have become increasingly focused on 
 the future of the university and the ways in which disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge is created, shared, and understood within higher education, libraries, museums, and the public sphere in the digital age.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Rochester 2000

  • M.A., University of Rochester 1996

  • M.A., Indiana University at Bloomington 1992

  • B.A., Williams College 1990

Selected Grants

Virtual and Augmented Reality for Digital Humanities Institute (VARDHI) awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019

Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D and (Geo)Spatial Networks awarded by J. Paul Getty Trust (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019

Szabo, V. "Apprehending the Past: Augmented Reality, Archives, and Cultural Memory." The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities. Routledge, May 8, 2018. (Chapter)

Szabo, V. "Guidebooks and mobile applications: a new mode of communication." Visualizing Venice Mapping and Modeling Time and Change in a City. Routledge, October 9, 2017. (Chapter)

Szabo, V. "Visualizing Venice summer workshops for for graduate students and beginning scholars." Visualizing Venice Mapping and Modeling Time and Change in a City. Routledge, April 8, 2017. (Chapter)

Szabo, V. "Introduction." August 2015. 328-329. Full Text

Szabo, V. "Introduction." July 31, 2015. 328-329.

Szabo, VE, Senior, T, and Wiencek, F. "Digital Cities: A Collaborative Engagement with Urban Heritage." Proceedings of the 2013 International Digital Heritage Congress. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., November 2013. 349-352.

Szabo, V. "On the Algerian Sands: Reviving Cigarette in Under Two Flags." Nineteenth-century Women at the Movies Adapting Classic Women's Fiction to Film. Popular Press, January 1, 1999. (Chapter)

Szabo, V, and Jones, AD. "The Uninvited Guest: Erase of Women in Ordinary People." Vision/re-vision Adapting Contemporary American Fiction by Women to Film. Popular Press, 1996. (Chapter)

Szabo, V. "Psychasthenia Studio and the Gamification of Contemporary Culture." Media and Communication 6.2 (June 7, 2018): 90-90. Full Text

Szabo, V, Lacedelli, SZ, and Pompanin, G. "From Landscape to Cities: A Participatory Approach to the Creation of Digital Cultural Heritage." International Information & Library Review 49.2 (April 3, 2017): 115-123. Full Text

Szabo, V. "Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History." AMERICAN LITERATURE 87.2 (June 2015): 418-420.

Lanzoni, K, Olson, M, and Szabo, V. "Wired! and Visualizing Venice: Scaling up Digital Art History." Artl@s Bulletin 4.1 (2015): 20-39.

Timothy, J, Wiencek, F, and Szabo, V. "Digital Cities: A collaborative engagement with urban heritage." Proceedings of the DigitalHeritage 2013 - Federating the 19th Int'l VSMM, 10th Eurographics GCH, and 2nd UNESCO Memory of the World Conferences, Plus Special Sessions fromCAA, Arqueologica 2.0 et al. 2 (December 1, 2013): 349-352. Full Text

Szabo, V. "XYZN: Scale Introduction." LEONARDO 46.4 (August 2013): 389-389. Full Text

Szabo, V. "Introduction." Leonardo 46.4 (August 1, 2013): 389-. Full Text


Szabo, V, and Rudinsky, J. "Psychasthenia 2." (2012). (Game)

Szabo, V, Jenson, D, Cloninger, E, Corbett, P, Hoyle, M, Ivker, J, Jernigan, E, Mitril, S, Neville, A, Patel, D, Duke University Haiti Laboratory, and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, . "19th-Century Caribbean Cholera Timemap." (2011).

Szabo, VE, and Rudinsky, J. "Psychasthenia 2." (February 2012).

Szabo, VE. "Assistant Editor, Special Issue." Leonardo 44 (August 2011).

Szabo, VE. "Augmented SIGGRAPH/Vancouver." (August 2011).

Rudinsky, J, Szabo, V, Copolsky, J, and Mark Robinson, EK. "Psychasthenia." (February 2010).

Szabo, VE, Szabo, VE, Broverman, S, student, N, and collaborators, C. "Multimedia Mapping: Muhuru Bay." (2010).

Szabo, VE, Szabo, VE, Lerner, Z, Tobin, M, Poplawski, E, and Michal Koszycki, LK. "Virtual Duke Tour." (2010).

Dobin, H, and al, E. "Technology Fluency and its Place in Liberal Education." Teagle Foundation White Paper (2007).