Crafting Our Charter – Praxis Program 2017-2018

As a historian, when I think of charters, the first things I think of are royal charters. The first result when you Google charter, on the other hand, is Charter Telecommunications Company because of course. But as members of the new Praxis Fellowship cohort, my fellow fellows and I tried to chart (I’m sorry) a very…. Continue reading “Crafting Our Charter – Praxis Program 2017-2018”.


I’m happy (and relieved…and nervous) to share a redesigned and realigned web site for the Scholars’ Lab!  Realignment is an apt word for these changes, I think, because they were done in an effort to better showcase the work the Scholars’ Lab has been doing and the manner in which we do that work. The…. Continue reading “Realignment”.

(Digest #3) Project mutability: shifting identities and changing roles

This week was full of excitement.  Our Development Team continued working on getting Ivanhoe up and running; they will be presenting the working WP Theme to our Praxis team this Tuesday. The Design Team started thinking more about how we want the name, logo, font, and overall aesthetic to reflect our game.  The name “Ivanhoe,”…. Continue reading “(Digest #3) Project mutability: shifting identities and changing roles”.

Praxis Weekly Digest #1

First, if you missed our post last week about redesigning Ivanhoe, we are now in the process of building the game as a WordPress Theme.  If you are a potential Ivanhoe user, help us out by giving some feedback about the way you use WordPress. Congratulations to Zach for passing his orals!  Now he has…. Continue reading “Praxis Weekly Digest #1”.

Shut up Legs! or: Jens Voight and Why I Applied for Praxis

So. In our charter we committed to a goal we called ‘Outreach.’  As part of that commitment I pushed for a firm statement of two blog posts per person per month. This seemed reasonable at the time, and still does. And yet, here we find ourselves on October 16 and, discounting my introductory post I…. Continue reading “Shut up Legs! or: Jens Voight and Why I Applied for Praxis”.

Chart(er)ing Our Project

This post is a couple weeks late, but I would still like to share a few thoughts on the process of drawing up our 2013-14 Praxis charter. Though we had the eloquent and insightful charters of the previous two cohorts as models, the Scholars’ Lab faculty encouraged us to think about what our goals, principles,…. Continue reading “Chart(er)ing Our Project”.

2013-2014 Praxis Charter ratified!

Last week the new Praxis cohort ratified its charter.  This important document ended up demanding much more deliberation than we had anticipated.  Nonetheless, after a couple weeks of thinking about what really mattered to us in commencing our program, we established a set of core beliefs and structuring principles which I believe will help guide…. Continue reading “2013-2014 Praxis Charter ratified!”.

Good Practice

This week we’ve made major strides towards adopting a charter. It’s interesting to note (as Claire does in her post) that charters are often somewhat pessimistic, anticipating the problems of working in a group and setting out certain rules for managing these “inevitable” conflicts. We’ve decided to try for a slightly more positive document, one…. Continue reading “Good Practice”.

Praxis: The Innovator

In addition to getting a crash course in html and css, we’ve spent our time in the fellows’ lounge this week actually putting some prose together for our charter.  One of the great things about this process has been the way in which working on the charter has actually provided a platform for us to…. Continue reading “Praxis: The Innovator”.

Hello World

For some time now I have led a double life as a musician and book lover. As a third year PhD in the English department at UVA, I work primarily on twentieth-century fiction in relation to music and sound. These interests drew me to Praxis in the first place: writing about sound is incredibly difficult…. Continue reading “Hello World”.