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A Graduate Student Manifesto from Shannon Mattern

posted on 19 Dec 2011 23:18 by BGC DML

I just read a great post on Shannon Mattern's Blog: Words in Space. Shannon is an Assistant Professor at the New School and much of her work addresses questions of media and materiality (in fact she is teaching a course on that topic this coming semester). Her work really resonates with a lot of the things we do in the DML and there is a shared common interest in the question of how to grapple with materiality and objects in an era dominated by media and their tendency to dematerialize things.

This particular post (a manifesto for graduate students) is great because it really captures a terrific sensibility about how graduate students can get the most of their experiences in a short masters program (much like ours at the BGC). Amongst her many great points, I find Shannon's calls for a synthesis of theory and practice, focusing research and projects, and thinking about one's work beyond the program particularly relevant to our students. If you have a chance I recommend giving it a good read.

Here is the link again. Hopefully we can get Shannon to come play in the DML sandbox some day soon.


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Digital Humanities 2011 Day Two #dh11

posted on 21 Jun 2011 17:34 by BGC DML

Moving on to day two DH11. Morning started off with particularly relevant panel on New Models of Materiality. Talks by Jean-Francois Blanchette, Johanna Drucker, & Matthew Kirschenbaum covered respectively infrastructure as foundation for digital humanities knowledge, critical theory as applied to digital humanities, and theorization of the digital archive.

Really liked the theory angle of the work and it provided a lot of good food for thought. My only comment would be that although the speakers touched on ecology, infrastructure, and resources, there was no political economic critique of the role of different institutions (corporations, governments, etc.) in shaping the digital landscape, especially with regards to networks, cloud computing, and large scale data storage.

Next up is the interface of the collection which will hopefully provide some insights on how our students and researchers use digital tools to work with collections and objects in our gallery.


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