When: Wednesday, Feb. 27, NOON
Where: Hampshire College, Franklin Patterson Hall
Few will dispute that the Academy is in a period of transformation. In the humanities, a community of marginal practitioners operating since the end of World War II has recently become a centripetal force known as the Digital Humanities. The phenomenon owes as much to our institutional histories as it does to the simple fact that these folks have mastered the dominant discursive form of the 21st century, technology, while remaining staunchly entrenched in the preoccupations of history, literature, philosophy, media, etc. While other forces threatened to destabilize the academy—the decline of the academic press, the rise of the adjunct nation, the erosion of faculty governance, the rising cost of tuition, the decline of public support for education, the indifference of the general public to academic work in the humanities, and the list goes on— digital humanists have been tasked with leveraging their experience and knowledge as translators between our fast changing world and the worthy goals of the academy: education, engagement, preservation, research. In this talk I will outline some of the perspectives that the mainstream Digital Humanities offer, and will make some necessary distinctions between DH and other forms of online education and academic forces at play today. In general, I will discuss the Digital Humanities’ commitment to the ownership of the means of production of our own knowledge, collaboration, permeable hierarchies, public scholarship, project-based learning, and a deep engagement with our material and social lives.
Alex Gil is the Digital Scholarship Coordinator for the Humanities and History Division of the Columbia University Libraries. His current projects at Columbia include the re-skilling of subject librarians, a large data-mining project of a million-plus syllabi, a project to crowd-source marginalia, and other digital humanities initiatives. He completed his Ph.D. in English at the University of Virginia, where he worked to develop technologies to analyze and visualize intertextuality in medium-sized corpora to elucidate cultures of reprint in the American hemisphere. He is currently also co-editor of the Critical/Genetique Edition of Aimé Césaire’s Complete Works.
Hampshire College: 893 West Street, Amherst, Massachusetts
When the topic of misogyny comes up, and men change the subject, it trivializes misogyny.
When the topic of misogyny comes up, and men change the subject, it conveys the message that whatever men want to talk about is more important than misogyny.
When the topic of misogyny comes up, and men change the subject to something that’s about them, it conveys the message that men are the ones who really matter, and that any harm done to men is always more important than misogyny.
And when the topic of misogyny comes up, and men change the subject, it comes across as excusing misogyny. It doesn’t matter how many times you say, “Yes, of course, misogyny is terrible.” When you follow that with a “Yes, but…”, it comes across as an excuse. In many cases, it is an excuse. And it contributes to a culture that makes excuses for misogyny.” —Greta Christina, Why “Yes, But” is the Wrong Response to Misogyny (via rev)
The cultural and political discourse on black pathology has been so pervasive that it could be said to constitute the background against which all representations of blacks, blackness, or (the color) black take place….From the origins of the critical philosophy in the assertion of its extra-rational foundations in teleological principle; to the advent and solidification of empiricist human biology that moves out of the convergence of phrenology, criminology, and eugenics; to the maturation of (American) sociology in the oscillation between good- and bad-faith attendance to “the negro problem”; to the analysis of and discourse on psychopathology and the deployment of these in both colonial oppression and anticolonial resistance; to the regulatory metaphysics that undergirds interlocking notions of sound and color in aesthetic theory: blackness has been associated with a certain sense of decay, even when that decay is invoked in the name of a certain (fetishization of) vitality. -Fred Moten in Criticism, Spring 2008, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 177–218.
“Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be lied to. To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.”
Those who play Zynga games on Facebook would benefit greatly from a Google+ Circles-like feature. Solves the problem of “spamming” FB friends with game requests as well as the problem of having folks in your “friends” list who aren’t friends.
It would also, I suspect, eliminate those desperate pleas of “add me” that now litter the forums. Thoughts?
Your Google Maps problem report has been reviewed, and you were right! We’ll update the map soon and email you when you can see the change.
Thanks for your help,
The Google Maps team”
Macbeth couldn’t have loved Lady Macbeth because he was crazy and too busy hallucinating witches and stuff. Also, crazy people can’t do it without going crazy midway through.
“Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave.” -Roy (Rutger Hauer)
Another text I used this semester in my ENWR class, Tech & Sensibility.
My story is hysterical fiction because it took place during World War II and could have actually happened.
Memory: A day in Los Angeles. Long ago. Teachers on strike. Students walk out of classrooms in support. Protesting. Wondering now:
“I’m the bad guy?” (Michael Douglas in Falling Down)
Some women wait for themselves
around the next corner
and call the empty spot peace
but the opposite of living
is only not living
and the stars do not care.
Some women wait for something
to change and nothing
so they change
(from the poem “Stations,” by Audre Lorde in Our Dead Behind Us)
In class today, we discussed Walter Mosley’s short story, “Angel’s Island” in Futureland. The discussion led to prison and the plantation, the relationship between corporations and prisons, prison and citizenship, corporations and citizenship (and corporations as citizens), medical experimentation,
, the Supermax, etc. This led to…
Question: Guantanamo Bay. Why is the U.S. there, what is the site used for?
Student 1: We freed them.
Me: We freed who?
Student: We freed the Cubans from Spanish rule. It was our payment.
Me: (*composure regained*) What is the site used for today?
Student 2: It’s a prison for terrorists.