Digital Readings & “Ferny, Mossy Discoveries”

The following is excerpted from a talk I gave at Middlebury College on February 24th, 2016 as part of the Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series. It’s a literature talk which means major spoiler alerts! The data & code for many of the visualizations below are available here. This is very much a work-in-progress talk, and… More Digital Readings & “Ferny, Mossy Discoveries”

The Challenges of Preservation in the Prospects for the Digital Humanities and the Arts

This post was originally published as part of the Council on Library and Information Resource’s (CLIR) blog Re:Thinking.  ⌘+ S. We save almost without thinking about it. With the widespread adoption of word processing software, we’ve become thoroughly conditioned to save as we create. Not so with digital projects. There’s no easy equivalent to the ubiquitous… More The Challenges of Preservation in the Prospects for the Digital Humanities and the Arts

CFP – Un/Earthing Digital Humanities panel proposed for ASLE, June 23-27, University of Idaho

Few would consider the digital humanities an underground movement. And yet, much of what digital humanists do is perceived as inaccessible, buried beneath layers of technical expertise and politics. Riffing on the theme of the 2015 conference, this panel seeks both to “unearth” and to “earth” digital humanities practices in the context of environmental criticism.… More CFP – Un/Earthing Digital Humanities panel proposed for ASLE, June 23-27, University of Idaho

Building Digital Exhibits in the Classroom with Omeka and Neatline

How can the digital humanities facilitate more direct engagement between academic researchers, students, and public audiences? At Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, where I am currently Co-Director, we decided very early on that active public participation was integral to the success of the project. In addition to public engagement, we also wanted to create a… More Building Digital Exhibits in the Classroom with Omeka and Neatline

6 Things to Consider when Building a Dataset from Scratch

This post is about my experiences at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) held at the University of Victoria, June 5-10 2013.   Last month I attended my first DHSI on UVic’s idyllic campus. In just five days I became proficient in the notoriously difficult ArcGIS; moved my research several, big steps forward; and met… More 6 Things to Consider when Building a Dataset from Scratch

The (Laboring) Elephant in the Room

One of the major themes of Duke’s 7th annual Feminist Theory Workshop this weekend was  the condition of precarity. The initial conversation and configurations of the discussion of precarity revolved around the ethics of a privileged relation of the academic/scholar/researcher to an object of study that exists in precarity. However, it seemed to me, and many… More The (Laboring) Elephant in the Room

Towards an Otherwhere

Last night, at Duke’s Feminist Theory Workshop, Elizabeth Povinelli presented some of her recent work around geontologies. Both in the talk and in the q&a afterwards, there were often turns to her concept of “living otherwise”—that is, living in non-normative ways.  The phrase calls up for me early twentieth century writer Vita Sackville-West’s long poem The… More Towards an Otherwhere

“Learning from Nature”

I attended a recent MLA roundtable on Sustainability and Pedagogy that had me thinking (again) about the relationship between the environmental/ecocritical content some of us teach and the ways in which we teach that content. As eco-conscious teachers, it’s often difficult to help students find a place between the paralysis caused by feelings of helplessness… More “Learning from Nature”