Fordham GSAS: Grad. Life: Digital Humanities -- Upcoming events!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Digital Humanities -- Upcoming events!

I checked on my friends at the The Fordham Graduate Digital Humanities Group today, and found out there's a lot of cool stuff going over there!
    First of all, if you don't know this group, check them out at their Facebook page and their website.
The FGDH group invites graduate students from across disciplines to join them in pursuit of developing and incorporating new digital technologies into the methods and practices of academic life.
    As a blogger for my graduate institution and a writer who has been investigating online publication media, my interest in digital humanities projects and initiatives has become both personal and professional. Plus, the idea of a "digital humanist" is just cool. I remember one of my favorite graduate school readings was Donna Harraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto," which got me thinking about different ways to imagine the human being in the post-modern age. And a few years back, the American Comparative Literature Association's (ACLA) conference theme was based around the idea of a "human" -- what does it mean to be human? Many of the panels investigated the expanding boundaries of the human bodies, brains, and social networks with the onset of the digital age.

    The aims of digital humanities may not be as "out there" as re-imagining the human being through the structure of the cyber-organism, but I do believe that its mission to find ways to incorporate digital technologies into humanities scholarship, research, and pedagogy is nonetheless essential to our social and cultural development not only as scholars but as human beings.
    So, how to get involved? Well, start this Monday by checking out the Day of DH! On Monday, April 8th, join the FGDHG and digital humanists around the nation in celebrating this event to raise awareness of digital humanities. What, you may ask, exactly, is a Day of DH? According to the official website, "Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH) is an open community publication project that  brings together scholars interested in the digital humanities from around the world to document what they do on one day." Participants can document their day via a digital forum hosted by Michigan State University’s MATRIX: The Center for the Digital Humanities & Social Sciences. The open online format takes advantage of the unique interactive and connective opportunities that the cyber-world can provide as a medium for publications. The finished product will be a tapestry of digital media woven together by digital humanists all over the world. Get involved or at least peek in on the fun!

    Then, on Wednesday, April 10th, the group is sponsoring a workshop seminar entitled "Getting Academic Things Done: How to Utilize Innovative Digital Tools," led by Jon Stanfill. The workshop will take place at Duane, room 140, on Rose Hill from 2:30 to 4pm. Check out this link for more information on how to participate in this event!
   Finally, on May 1st, 12:00-1:30, guest speaker Matt Gold will present on "Teaching to the Network: Digital Humanities and Public Pedagogy.” Check out the FGDHG Events page for more info on this upcoming presentation!
   Have a cyborganic day!!! :) -- Liza

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