DFW-Area Digital Humanities Colloquium – “Mapping Texts”



CFP for Roundtable on Data Management for Humanities Research at MLA 2013

In collaboration with my friend and colleague Korey Jackson at University of Michigan, I put out a CFP for a panel on Issues in Data Management for Humanities Research for the 2013 MLA in Boston.

Since the MLA site only allows eeensy-teeensy little abstracts (check ours out here), we decided to elaborate a bit. And please note that it’s not “for Digital Humanities Research.” We’re thinking about data broadly in the Humanities, and wondering what exactly that might mean.

MLA Call for Papers: Issues in Data Management for Humanities Research Continue reading “CFP for Roundtable on Data Management for Humanities Research at MLA 2013”

Research & Destroy – Appendix 1

There’s a lot of stuff that I come across that relates to this blog, but that I either can’t commit to writing a whole post about, or that just catches my eye as I’m cruising through blogs and such (ooooh, shiny!). I always intend to eventually share them on the blog or write some commentary about them, and inevitably when I get to it, I’ve forgotten where I found the original item, it’s no longer timely, or I’m just not as inspired by it as I was when I first discovered it.

So, to catch some of the desiderata of my browsing, I’ve made a tumblr: Research & Destroy – Appendix 1

Here you’ll find links to articles, images, and videos that relate, often only tangentially, to the issues I’m exploring (much more slowly) here.  Enjoy!

Digital Humanities is what?

Lots of buzz recently (much of it in my brain) about what exactly constitutes “Digital Humanities.” It occurred to me recently (during an interview when I was asked what digital humanities meant to me and my scholarship and teaching) that I didn’t really have a handle on the issues, and after a bit of reading around, it seems like the academy has a fairly contentious range of opinions on what constitutes digital humanities.  Continue reading “Digital Humanities is what?”

Technoevil and Evolution

Interesting article this a.m. on The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Beware Social Media’s Surprising Dark Side.” At the South By Southwest Interactive conference, academics and critics voiced their concerns about issues like worker exploitation in crowdsourcing, and racism in online gaming. Now I’m just enough of a Marxist to suggest that anyone who’s surprised by business finding new ways to get labor without paying a living wage is dangerously naive, and I think crowdsourcing is at least partly a new gambit in the old war between business and labor – a virtual Wisconsin, if you will. But that’s not what’s bothering me this morning. This article appears at an interesting moment in the nexus of online and in-person conversations I’ve been having recently about technology. One word I keep hearing over and over is “evolution” – as though being incapable of functioning without a smartphone makes one more evolved. Continue reading “Technoevil and Evolution”

Call me…

I recently began scheduling a weekly phone call with a friend who lives far away. I don’t love talking on the phone. In fact, I kind of hate it and am generally guilty of multitasking to the point of rudeness when on the phone. But these calls are special. I make space for these calls to happen. Continue reading “Call me…”

Paste Papers & Pamphlet Binding

I’m teaching a two-part class in February and March for the Denver Craft Ninja’s on Paste Papers and Pamphlet Binding. I’m excited to bring 500-year old technologies to 21st century crafters.

Paste paper has been used for book covers and end papers since at least the 16th century. There are a number of variations on the paste recipe, we’ll be using the basic recipe in Jennifer Woods’s How To Make Paste Papers from the Library Company of Philadelphia. Continue reading “Paste Papers & Pamphlet Binding”

The End of Penmanship?

There was a great segment on CBS Sunday Morning this week, “Is Penmanship Being Written Off?” that explored the fate of handwriting in the age of texting. It’s easy to forget that writing is a technology, one that traditionally operated both as a precursor and in parallel with the technology of print. Continue reading “The End of Penmanship?”