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From Taporwiki Every year, the Day of Digital Humanities application form asks participants for their own definition of Digital Humanities. Listing below are the responses that participants gave permission to post. Feel free to add (or edit/remove) your own definition.
I have felt troubled, lately, by the number of tenured and — to a much lesser degree, tenure-track — faculty (pardon me, friends, all!) whom I’ve heard whining about the “uncompensated” time they spend on their digital humanities scholarship. They are not talking about the sorts of unpaid service many of us render every day in support of the digital humanities community: time spent planning conferences and other gatherings, serving on advisory and executive boards for various projects and digitally-oriented professional societies, advising graduate students and junior colleagues not our own, inserting scholarly voices into commercially- and institutionally-driven conversations about the transformation of our cultural archive in the electronic age, and offering methodological training or building resources meant to bootstrap other scholars in their ability to engage meaningfully with digital objects and processes. No.
By Whitney Anne Trettien on April 26, 2010 What does it mean to be a Digital Humanist? In a Dave Parry’s widely-circulated, post-MLA2009 blog post, tauntingly titled “ Be Online or be Irrelevant ,” Parry argued that social media should be front-and-center in Digital Humanities:
“For [the theoreticians of photography] undertook nothing less than to legitimize the photographer before the very tribunal he was in the process of overturning.” -Benjamin, Little History of Photography I want to explicate some of the issues I raised in the last post , address some of the comments, walk back my position on at least one point (yes you are all right the word “bad” was not a fair characterization), and dig in on a few others.To keep these posts stylistically similar let me again start with two observations. 1. One of the essays I most enjoy teaching in my media studies classes is Benjamin’s The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction .
[ Note: I'm cross-posting this, an article I wrote for the official HyperStudio blog , since this space allows for comments. ] What does it mean to be a Digital Humanist? In a Dave Parry's widely-circulated, post-MLA2009 blog post, tauntingly titled " Be Online or be Irrelevant ," Parry argued that social media should be front-and-center in Digital Humanities:
Today Patrik Svensson , the director of HUMlab at the University of Umeå, presented at UCHRI . He had been asked to provide some "provocations" to stimulate a lively lunch discussion about directions for the digital humanities, although participant Tom Boellstorff pointed out that in the academy "we suck at trending." Svensson started by noting the radical dissimilarity of the most frequently used words by Digital Humanities, which is described as "the annual joint meeting of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, and the Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs," and the Association of Internet Researchers . Although both groups have been around for over a decade, their vocabularies seem to show little common ground.
Students in our new Literature Lab doing what English Majors do! Folks keep expressing concern about the future of the humanities, and the “need” for a next big thing. In fact, the title of a blog entry in the April 23, 2010 New York Times takes it for granted that the humanities need “saving.”
This week the Chronicle of Higher Education ran an article written by Jennifer Howard about “literary geospaces.” The article featured some work I have done mapping Irish-American literature using Google Earth (and also profiled the work of Janelle Jenstad who has been mapping early modern London). Photo by Noah Berger The bit about my Google Earth/Irish-American literature mash up resulted in several emails from folks wanting to know more about the project and more specifics about my findings. . . beware what you ask for. . . I began building a bibliographic database of Irish-American literature many years ago when I was working on my dissertation (Jockers, Matthew L. “In search of Tir-Na-Nog: Irish and Irish-American Literature in the West.”
August 1, 2008 By JENNIFER HOWARD Digital tools help put literature in its place In one of the most recent public eulogies for literary studies, a Nation essay that ran online in March decried the "trendism" on display in the Modern Language Association's job listings. "The major trend now is trendiness itself, trendism, the desperate search for anything sexy," wrote William Deresiewicz, an associate professor of English at Yale University who has since left the profession.
Jerome McGann, Sustainability: The Elephant in the Room Session One Allison Muri, The Grub Street Project Robert Darnton, The Grub Street Project: A Cautionary Tale Laura Mandell, Non-Consuming Relevance: The Grub Street Project
The web is thirsty for efficient, effective ways of retrieving useful information about the state of the field. This pressure creates an enormous market for those instruments that help individuals locate authoritative discourses and situated scholarship, and this, of course, is one of the traditional roles of the academic journal. Academic Journals are in the course of rethinking their management, methods, and publication standards. This year saw major panels at the AHA (American Historical Association) and MLA (Modern Language association), largely through the leadership of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals . If they face this transition with courage and ingenuity, journals have the opportunity to plant themselves firmly as pillars of professional utility, scholarly collaboration, and authoritative knowledge as a public utility.
The Social Sciences began experimenting with visualization as early as the 1910s, when Franz Boas applied Kwakiutl place-names to an ordinary map to help him better explain the Kwakiutl world view. In the 1940s, scholars of folklore began abstracting these geographical diagrams into "synoptic diagrams" that showed concepts in relationship to each other. Since that time, scholars around a range of disciplines have used mental maps and synoptic diagrams for their powers at synthesizing a range of information from diverse fields.
By Marc Parry Palo Alto, Calif. Matthew L. Jockers may be the first English professor to assign 1,200 novels in one class.