carving cognition at its joints

I've started reading Katherine Hayles' Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious. I have to say that I recognize (and am sympathetic toward) the difficult gyrations this topic demands in the humanities as one is called upon the establish various boundaries. In the first chapter, she creates a three-step pyramid comprised by (from top to bottom) conscious/unconscious... Continue Reading →

Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities: a new essay collection

Fresh off the presses, Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities, edited by Jim Ridolfo and William Hart-Davidson, from University of Chicago Press (AMZN). Here's the abstract to my contribution, "Digital Humanities Now and the Possibilities of a Speculative Digital Rhetoric." This chapter examines connections between big data digital humanities projects (the Digital Humanities Now project in particular),... Continue Reading →

Invasion of the MOOCs arrives

I'm in an essay collection that is now available from Parlor Press, Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promises and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses, edited by Steven Krause and Charlie Lowe. Quick Loot Payday Loan From the website: Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promise and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses is one of the... Continue Reading →

what is reading? e-readers and print books

John Jones has a good piece at DMLcentral in response to Ferris Jabr's Scientific American piece "Why the Brain Prefers Paper" (paywall). Here is Jabr's summary: Studies In the past two decades indicate that people often understand and remember text on paper better than on a screen. Screens may inhibit comprehension by preventing people from intuitively navigating and... Continue Reading →

after the scholarly monograph

This is a continuation of the last post and is, in part, an answer to Geoff Sirc's question about what happens next. When I say "after" the scholarly monograph, I don't necessarily mean what do we do after we no longer write monographs but rather going in pursuit of the monograph: I am going after the... Continue Reading →

writing books, writing dissertations

Timothy Morton has some interesting posts on planning the phd and writing a dissertation. His central point is that a dissertation is not a book (even though some dissertations get published) and if you try to write it as a book you can encounter many problems. I particularly like this line: A transitional object is... Continue Reading →

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