Author Archives: Lori Emerson

first half of The Mangle of Practice for Monday

Hi everyone, I’ve been doing some thinking about the reading and, given that we’re trying to understand what Pickering is saying and then trying to apply that to lab situations in DH, and also since we’ll be starting late on Monday, I think it’d be perfectly fine to focus on the first half of the book for this week’s class and then we can finish the second half the following Monday along with the other readings on media archaeology. I hope that sounds good to you and takes some pressure off.

feminist Digital Humanities at Digital Humanities Summer Institute

I had the great pleasure of meeting Elizabeth Losh last weekend and I thought many of you would be interested in this workshop she’s co-running at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. Scroll down to workshop 40 here and seriously consider attending! Keep in mind there are tuition scholarships you can apply for.

the pitfalls of using Google ngram to study language

This article, “The Pitfalls of Using Google Ngram to Study Language,” touches on so many things we’ve talked about in class! Take a look here.

“infrastructural thinking” in the Media Archaeology Lab

Take some time to wander around the Media Archaeology Lab – turn some machines on, if you like, or load some software; also note the way the lab has been organized; think about how it is and is not akin to a scientific laboratory. Now in groups of two or three, work through the following questions. You might want to focus your thinking by paying attention to spatial arrangements (or lack thereof) in the lab, or to particular machines or particular rooms.

  1. In response to Stephen Ramsay’s observation that “doing” in DH is under-theorized, what sorts of theories (if any at all) of doing are implied the set-up of the MAL? Does the MAL seem to want to emulate a scientific setting or configuration?
  2. What might or could be, in Kirschenbaum’s words, the “material conditions of knowledge production” in the MAL?
  3. How exactly can we use the MAL to think through how infrastructure is, in Svensson’s words, “about situated imagination”? How can we use the MAL as a case-study to enact “infrastructural thinking”?
  4. How could the MAL “emphasize a laboratory model as one that privileges traditional humanistic inquiry through material and spatial construction”? In the context of this particular infrastructure, what would or could humanistic inquiry look like?

presentation guidelines

A couple of you have asked for clarifications on the presentations for our class, so here are the guidelines I went over on the first day of class. As always, let me know if you have any questions.

Think of your presentation as an opportunity for you to demonstrate what you’ve learned on a different register – a verbal, spoken register – and for you each to contribute to the semester long project of building an intellectual community that’s our class.

The way you’ll accomplish both things is by a) providing an overview on one or more of the readings; b) making it clear what’s at stake in these readings for what field or fields and/or whether the reading change our sense of what literary studies is about – does it broaden the horizons for Digital Humanities or media studies or both?; c) discussing whether there are any useful connections or departures in the reading from other reading we’ve done; d) and finally, generating lively class discussion either on these three points or on some other points you’d like to work through.

feminisms in digital humanities

This new special issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly on “Feminisms in Digital Humanities” touches on many issues we’ve been circling around in class – if you have time, check it out.

an anomaly or sign of what’s to come?

I think it’d be worth you taking a look at this post by Jesse Stommel (a CU Boulder English PhD alumni) as the news is very recent very much ties in to things we will talk about and have been talking about.

digital humanities manifestos 1.0 and 2.0 (2008-2009)

There’s no necessity to read these for Monday’s class but they might also enrich the discussion about the state of DH at this time, between 2004 and 2011.

tips for conducting interviews

I emailed you all some examples of good and bad interviews. Now, thanks to some suggestions by my colleague Darren Wershler, here are two articles for you to read about how best to conduct interviews:

I also wanted to remind you that these interviews should be focused on the individual’s hands-on work in a lab (ideally an arts/humanities lab or one focus on making/creativity) or DH center; the goal is to use the material we read and discuss in class to extend the conversation to people in the field.

DH talk series at CU

Happily, the kind folks in History, IBS, and the Libraries have put together a fantastic line up of Digital Humanities talks this semester. I strongly encourage you to attend as many as you can manage! Even if the topic doesn’t sound interesting to you, it’ll be worth it to hear how each speaker frames their work and thinks about their work in relation to the field in general.

Thu Sept 17, 5 pm, Norlin N410:  “Claiming DH for Undergraduates: Learning, Knowledge Production, & Digital Identity,” Jeffrey McClurken, Department of History, University of Mary Washington

Fri Sept 18, 2-3:30 pm, Norlin E113: Digital pedagogy workshop with Jeffrey McClurken,RSVP to by Sept 14

Thu Oct 8, 5 pm, CBIS (Norlin): Simon DeDeo, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University Bloomington (no talk title yet)

Mon Oct 19, 5 pm, CBIS (Norlin): “A Computational Morphology of Plot,” Matthew L. Jockers, Department of English,  University of Nebraska Lincoln

Mon Nov 9, 5 pm, Scott Weingart, digital humanities specialist, Carnegie Mellon University (no talk title yet)

Mon Nov 9, 12 noon – 1:30 pm, social networks workshop with Scott Weingart (RSVP to byNov 3.

first blog post due by midnight Sunday August 30th

I will add each member of our class to our blog after the first day of class. Your first post is due by midnight on Sunday August 30th and should be a 250-300 word probing response to the week’s reading. Remember a) five out of the ten blog posts should put a specific instance of “doing” in the humanities (whether a DH/media studies project, a center, or a lab; you can find an in-progress list of centers, labs, and hackerspaces here) in conversation with the assigned reading for that week; and b) please make sure you comment on at least one other person’s blog post. You’re welcome to use your blog posts as the basis for your presentation.