Reading the Kardashians

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to read the dialogue that passes between members of the Kardashian family on Keeping Up with the Kardashians? To have those seemingly intimate conversations and confessions in the form of a literary production that is open to analysis, interpretation, and text mining? Me neither. Not until…. Continue reading “Reading the Kardashians”.

Blippar and Augmented Reality Literature

As I was writing about Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being and the various technological innovations that Ozeki’s novel employs, I became increasingly interested in Blippar, an augmented reality application. Blippar is by no means restricted to literary projects, but as this is my primary interest, I naturally focused my search on ways…. Continue reading “Blippar and Augmented Reality Literature”.

Working with an Archive of the ‘Now’

Given our subject matter for the 2016-17 Praxis cohort, we recognized early on that we would be grappling with a very different sort of archive than we’ve grown accustomed to as humanists. Instead of the stacks, journal databases, manuscripts, and historical objects, we’d have to take a serious look at Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, and…. Continue reading “Working with an Archive of the ‘Now’”.

Time, Twitter, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians

We started this semester thinking about time and the ways time is structured, pathologized, and altered. And when it came to finding an access point for these questions, a project, if you will, we found it in an unlikely source:   Initially, as serious grad students, we were a bit resistant/hesitant  to stake our entire…. Continue reading “Time, Twitter, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians”.

Why not build another digital humanities tool?

One of the recurrent issues I noticed when our Praxis cohort began discussing the meaning of the digital humanities was the field’s need to justify its existence. At the beginning of the semester, we read articles about digital humanities as a “tactical term” and the kind of institutional, financial affiliations necessary to sustain DH labs…. Continue reading “Why not build another digital humanities tool?”.

Praxis on Choosing a Subject of Study, or, How did we come to the Kardashians?

Unlike previous cohorts of Praxis, we did not have a topic or project assigned to us when we came into the program. Rather, our fearless leaders at the Scholars Lab took a chance. Our assignment: “time, temporality, go!” The first impulse was to directly challenge the traditional conceptions of time, linear time. Our cohort, made…. Continue reading “Praxis on Choosing a Subject of Study, or, How did we come to the Kardashians?”.

Discussions in the Digital Humanities and Learning New Technologies in the Scholars’ Lab

Over the course of the Fall 2016 semester, Praxis fellows participated in weekly meetings to discuss key topics relevant to the field of the digital humanities.  At the beginning of the academic year, we considered the numerous debates about the definition of the digital humanities, relying on the collection of articles, Debates in the Digital…. Continue reading “Discussions in the Digital Humanities and Learning New Technologies in the Scholars’ Lab”.

The state of DH in Slavic Studies, by Kathleen Thompson

In a final wrap up, of what has become a four-part series of blog posts on using 3D-printing in a humanities course, Kathleen Thompson reports back on the ASEEES conference and the state of DH in Slavic studies. The previous posts can be read here: Part 1: Printing in the Classroom: Course Assignments and the Makerspace…. Continue reading “The state of DH in Slavic Studies, by Kathleen Thompson”.

Hybrid Literature: Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being

As a scholar of contemporary literature, I have naturally been drawn to the incredible literary innovation that has exploded in the wake of digital developments. I’m certainly not alone in my interest, and critics such as Katherine Hayles, Marie-Laure Ryan, Wolfgang Hallet, and Jan-Noël Thon have discussed the role of new media in literary studies,…. Continue reading “Hybrid Literature: Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being”.

3D printing for fun and presentation

This post is a quick update on a couple of projects by students who frequent the makerspace. All of the students who use the space are doing amazing things, and we hope to highlight some of those projects like this more often. The project write ups are written by the students themselves. So without further…. Continue reading “3D printing for fun and presentation”.

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