Unease in the Digital Humanities

This post continues the discussion begun by Andy Famiglietti in, “What does it mean to do the humanities?” I think the suggestive wording of Famiglietti’s question offers a useful means of approaching its answer. Instead of asking what we study—What are the humanities?—Famiglietti asks what we do as humanities scholars and teachers. The humanities are not a particular object of study—a cannon, texts, values, culture, and so on—but a particular endeavor. This isn’t, however, to … Continue reading

What does it mean to do the humanities?

I’m a digital humanities scholar, but I have a bit of a quandary. I think I know what “the digital” is (mostly) but I’m having a harder and harder time finding a definition for the humanities that I’m comfortable with. This discomfort sometimes manifests itself in unfortunate and anti-social ways, as when a colleague mentions doing something “in a humanistic way,” and I blurt out, “yeah, but what the (expletive) does that mean?” This is … Continue reading

End of Semester Wrap-Up: Poetry, Art, and Science in the Age of Wonder

This semester, students in my English 1102 course, “Poetry, Art, and Science in the Age of Wonder,” worked in groups to develop interactive online exhibits that mapped Romantic literary texts by drawing out their relationships to the scientific developments of the period. I love assigning these projects as part of my courses. My students, most of whom are freshman, almost always create amazing sites.  Their websites are intellectually rigorous and creative; they feature student-authored, research-based analysis … Continue reading

Salman Rushdie, StoryCorps, and SMARTech: Adventures in Digital Archiving

My class this semester revolved around the idea of people, material artifacts, and information that are “born digital.”  As my class blurb explains, “for people, this means that they are born into, and have only ever known, a world that prioritizes all forms of digitization; for materials and information, it means that they only exist in digital form.”  After spending the first part of the semester discussing “Digital Natives” and how these “born digital” people … Continue reading

Feed: Texting, Twitter, and the Student 2.0

On November 18, the Georgia Tech Writing and Communication Program hosted the Fall Communication Colloquium in which two Brittain Fellows presented on work their students have been doing in class this semester.  The presenters did such a wonderful job generating discussion during the sessions (a link to an archive of the Twitter backchannel is here) that we asked them to share their work on TECHStyle in order to continue the conversation. Diane Jackacki’s previous post, Teaching … Continue reading

News and Notes from the DevLab: Introduction

In addition to my other responsibilities as a Brittain Fellow, I have also been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to serve as coordinator of DevLab, the Georgia Tech Writing and Communication Program’s Research and Development Lab. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be bringing you some short updates on DevLab’s progress. In many ways, I see the mission of DevLab is closely aligned with what Alex Reid has called, “the … Continue reading

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Copyright and Open Access

To mark Open Access week, on Thursday, October 21, Georgia Tech’s Library and Information Center sponsored a panel, “Expanding the Reach of Your Research: An Open Forum on Authorship and Your Intellectual Property.” Evans Harrell (School of Sciences, Mathematics) facilitated, and TyAnna Herrington Tweet This Post

Zotero in the Classroom

Zach Whalen is Assistant Professor in the English, Linguistics and Communication Department at the University of Mary Washington, where he teaches courses in video games, the graphic novel, media studies, and electronic literature. He is co-editor (with Laurie Taylor) of Playing the Past: History and Nostalgia in Video Games. I am a fan of Zotero, an open source bibliographic tool created by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. I use … Continue reading

Future Media Fest: Recap – Public, Private, or Corporate?

The Future Media Fest emphasized, for me, the increasing tension between the public sphere and private enterprise or, in other words, the struggle between corporate profit and public good over the move to more collective forms of identity. In my first post, on the Startup Technology Showcase, I looked at several new applications and suggested possible uses for them in the digital classroom. However, I also noted the willingness of several of the vendors to … Continue reading

Future Media Fest: What Does Camouflage Sound Like?

Last week, I found it difficult to relate to the other attendees of Georgia Tech’s FutureMedia Fest 2010; in fact, I failed to connect with them rather spectacularly on many levels. Moving back and forth between academia and a considerably more commercial environment is jarring. I failed to share the speakers’ interest in markets, business models, and monetization. I didn’t have an iPad, Blackberry, laptop, twitter feed, or cell phone–or even a wristwatch (they’re just … Continue reading