digital humanities and the "s" word

Dear blog, if it weren't for the slow demise of the humanities and the soap opera that surrounds it, what would there be to discuss? The "s" word, of course, is "save." And the whole will DH save the humanities in time, tune in next week business should be getting old by now. But it's... Continue Reading →

software evolution and software epistemology

We've been reading Manovich's Software Takes Command  in my media theory course. The driving question of the book is "what happens to media after software?" If that question strikes you as McLuhanesque, then I would say you are on the right track. The book has a historical element. It begins in the 60s and 70s, looking... Continue Reading →

not your dissertation advisor's turf war

Marc Bousquet has a piece in the Chronicle that is trending academically-speaking on "The Moral Panic in Literary Studies." It would be easy to read this piece as a rehearsal of what has now become a familiar song, at least in English, about disciplinary turf wars among literary studies, rhetoric, and the other fields within... Continue Reading →

where (or if) DH fits

Ted Underwood has a great post exploring the challenges of "fitting" DH into literature departments. He observes Humanities curricula may evolve, but I don’t think the majority of English or History departments are going to embrace rapid structural change — for instance, change of the kind that would be required to support graduate programs in... Continue Reading →

Drucker, digital scholarship, and humanities research

There was a fair amount of uproar (at least on my Facebook stream) over Johanna Drucker's LA Review, "Pixel Dust: Illusions of Innovation in Scholarly Publishing." The uproar was around Drucker's surprising skepticism regarding digital-scholarly innovations, surprising given her position in digital humanities, and her apparent misunderstanding of some technical concepts, or in the case of bit... Continue Reading →

digital nonhumanities… excerpt

At work on the third chapter in my book this break, titled "digital nonhumanities." Here is a brief excerpt discussing Alan Liu's 2013 PMLA article "The meaning of the digital humanities," along with Matthew Jockers and Ted Underwood. The point here is fairly straightforward. The mainstream humanities' objection to digital methods is the belief that it represents... Continue Reading →

establishing a technology use policy

A friend of mine contacted me about this matter the other day and asked if I had a blog post about it. I thought, what a good idea. Deciding whether/how students should use their devices in the classroom remains a contentious issue in academy. My sense is the prevailing opinion is to outlaw smartphones and... Continue Reading →

humanities shift work

Anne Balsamo writes in Designing Culture that "Shift work is a fact of life in a 24/7 age. Unlike shifts that start and end with a punch clock, working the paradigm shift is one long now." Designing Culture is a book about innovation and changing technological literacies; it's a book about Balsamo's unusual (for a humanist) experiences at Xerox... Continue Reading →

close reading and the Ptolemaic universe

This post takes up where the last one ended. In discussions of theory, I often hear poststructuralism described as a Copernican moment. As the Earth moves from being at the center of the universe, with poststructuralism, we say, the human subject is decentered. Maybe. We can recognize, "in theory," how subjectivity, agency, rationality are treated;... Continue Reading →

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