Wednesday, December 4, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Strozier Library, Scholars Commons Instructional Classroom [MAP]
Research methodologies in humanities disciplines from history to rhetoric to literature to religion are more frequently taking up an ethic of “hacking” — what the Internet Users’ Glossary 30 years ago defined as “having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system” (RFC, 1983); what Larry Polansky in 1998 described as a learned cultural or artistic aesthetic (“Singing Together,” 1998); and more recently, what Roxanne Mountford and Debra Hawhee have referred to as the antithesis of handing over (or receiving) stable traditions or beliefs in a course of graduate study (Advances in the History of Rhetoric, 2012). And yet, this ethic already underscores collaborative research models in a number of disciplines. The final meeting of Fall 2013 Digital Scholars will consider what can occur — or does occur — when “hacking” is taken up or shared, not only for building program code, but also for rethinking historical proximity, re-imagining graduate instruction, and fostering professional mentoring across the disciplines.
Our December 4 meeting will simulate a “hackathon,” allowing participants to fulfill 1 or more tasks related to projects posted on the DHCommons. The session is designed with a low barrier of entry in mind, so participants should not worry if they do not have programming expertise. In fact, projects posted to DHCommons often ask for various levels of peer review, proofreading, data entry, or beta testing, in addition to programming and other particular collaborations. Projects range from digital tools to digital archives, short- to long-term. This session will introduce participants to the broad range of projects available, giving us an opportunity to consider the nature of such collaborations, learn how to contact the project leads, and navigate various options on the site.
Laptops will be available for checkout, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own. RSVP to the attendance form is not required, but it will help us to know how many attendees to expect. ENG 5998 enrollees might find the following sources interesting for browsing:
Readings to browse:
- Internet Users’ Glossary dated 1983 (actually a task force memo, but some of its definitions are classic)
- Ander Monson’s “Essay as Hack” as hacked by Sean Meehan
-TSG & MV