Friday, September 25, 12:00-1:30 pm
Williams (WMS) 454
Teaching “The Digital Age”
The Digital Scholars Reading and Discussion Group welcomes Dr. Ned Stuckey-French, author, co-editor, and essayist as well as Associate Professor of English at Florida State University. Dr. Stuckey-French will describe how his interest in digital and video essays led to the construction of a new e-Series course that traces the evolution of personal writing from Montaigne to Twitter. This course — IFS 2030: Reading, Writing, and Speaking in the Digital Age — considers the so-called “abundance” of digital textual revolutions, looking ethically, practically, and aesthetically at digitally native and digitally remediated textual forms. In IFS 2030, the essay in particular becomes a site for critical reflection, as students consider how the same individually expressivist act can be transformed into a public statement contextualized by other synchronous or asynchronous social acts.
A re-envisioning of the essay — like a number of DH projects — may call into question fundamental assertions about what does or does not constitute humanistic inquiry. For, when it is understood as an act of modeling disciplinary values, rather than an object of modeling, digital essay writing becomes a site for studying how learners can adapt to social and physical feedback, rather than merely negotiate the things and objects of a discipline. Beyond re-envisioning the essay as genre, Dr. Stuckey-French invites us to consider what he sees as a cross-disciplinary commitment at FSU to involve students in the systematic examination of socially enculturated technologies and their outcomes — a commitment involving disciplines such as English, Communication, and Information Sciences, to name a few.
Participants are invited to read the following:
- Bresland, John: “Video Essay Suite” [http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/v9n1/gallery/ve-intro/intro_page.shtml] and “On the Origin of the Video Essay” [http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/v9n1/gallery/ve-bresland_j/ve-origin_page.shtml]
- Davidson, Cathy N., and David Theo Goldberg. “(In)Conclusive: Thinking the Future of Digital Thinking” in The Future of Thinking, MIT 2010 [https://mitpress.mit.edu/sites/default/files/titles/free_download/9780262513746_Future_of_Thinking.pdf]
- Lopate, Philip. “In Search of the Centaur: The Essay-Film.” The Threepenny Review 48 (Winter, 1992): 19-22. [available in Digital Scholars Bb folder]
- Stuckey-French, Ned. “An Essay on the Context of Essays.” Essay Review 1.1: 41-51. [Bb folder]
and to browse the following resources in advance:
- syllabi for IFS 2030 [Bb folder] and ENG 5933 [Bb folder]
- syllabus for IFS 2118 [http://marty.cci.fsu.edu/ifs2118/index.html]
We hope you can join us,