Playing with toast: Our first Ivanhoe game

We were pleased—and perhaps a bit surprised—that we completed our Praxis Charter so painlessly. It was both a test run to see how effectively we could work together as a new team and an opportunity to synthesize our many divergent ideas and goals for this experience. In terms of our work dynamic, we were quickly…. Continue reading “Playing with toast: Our first Ivanhoe game”.

Steps Taken

It’s a busy time around the Praxis Lab. At the moment our attention is divided between conceptual thought on the future of Ivanhoe, and practical education in the basic tools we’re going to need to carry out any of our concepts—plus, of course, the little external distractions of classes, comprehensive exams, job applications, etc. As…. Continue reading “Steps Taken”.

On Not Knowing What I’m Doing

A couple of weeks ago, Jeremy and the rest of the Scholars’ Lab staff helped us learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and Git. Then I promptly forgot them. Then, with wonderfully patient help from the staff, I remembered them, only to forget them again. After putting my limited HTML and CSS knowledge to good…. Continue reading “On Not Knowing What I’m Doing”.

Rules and Flexibility: Learning from Games for Ivanhoe

Do we want well-defined rules and roles? Do we want them to be fluid? Can rules and roles provide creative fluidity and playful flexibility? These questions have been a recurring theme in our conversations with the Praxis team as well as in our meetings with some of the Scholars Lab members. For me, questions about…. Continue reading “Rules and Flexibility: Learning from Games for Ivanhoe”.

A Fox… Among Others

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing. Greetings! I am Swati Chawla, a second year PhD student at the department of history. The question, “Can the masters’ tools dismantle the masters’ house?” posed at a dhpoco talk last year resonated with my work on Tibetan exile in India, and was the reason I applied for the Praxis…. Continue reading “A Fox… Among Others”.

Individuality and Collective Effort

Hey everyone! My name is Steven Lewis. I’m a second-year Ph.D. candidate in Music. My research interests include late 20th century jazz neoclassicism, early jazz, and 19th century African-American secular music. In my most recent project, I explored jazz performance as a means of constructing counternarratives of black American music history. I earned a BA…. Continue reading “Individuality and Collective Effort”.

Let’s Play

Hi. I’m Andrew Ferguson. Three years ago, while fighting my way through English Lit exam lists full of doorstop novels and deep-end theory, I decompressed with a hobby that seemed as far from literary scholarship as could be: watching other people play videogames online, in archived or livestreamed forms called Let’s Plays, or LPs. And,…. Continue reading “Let’s Play”.

The Digital Sea of Exchange

Greetings! My name is Jennifer Grayburn and I’m a sixth-year PhD Candidate in the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Virginia. My research focuses on medieval Northern architecture and its intersection with Old Icelandic texts. Using cultural memory theory and sea-basin frameworks, my dissertation explores the spread of architectural ideas, especially…. Continue reading “The Digital Sea of Exchange”.

About Whom I Have Become…

Hi everybody! It is not easy to talk about oneself, especially when you are not sure who your audience is. Still, I will not let the amorphous ambiguous unidentifiable audience scare and silence me. For this post, I want the main audience to be the 2014-2015 Praxis Fellows. We are on the way to becoming…. Continue reading “About Whom I Have Become…”.

Hello world

I’m Amy R. Boyd, a third-year Ph.D. student in English. I am interested in the British nineteenth century, especially the intersections between literature, science, and gender, as well as theories of the novel. I took enough computer science classes as an undergraduate to complete a minor in CS, so I’m excited to have the opportunity…. Continue reading “Hello world”.

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