• three thoughts

    I have three ideas for sessions this year — and will also be keeping one eye on this guy:

    Pinterest Wunderkammer: For years, I’ve fantasized about creating the perfect interface for a digital humanities cabinet of wonders, but never had time to follow through. Have they beaten me to it? I didn’t pay much attention to Pinterest at first, but then started to see some startling collections. I especially find the temporal dimension fascinating: if you follow this woman’s feed, you can watch her move through varying aesthetic obsessions over time — coherent washes of color, for instance, even across diverse assemblages. So it’s fluid, performative collection-building — or beautifully diachronic fixing. There’s plenty to read about Wunderkammern, but I’d like to have a conversation with some immediate implications for building.

    Quantified Self: At past THATCamps, I’ve co-hosted workshops and conversations on physical computing (especially wearables). I also started a Zotero group for research and inspiration on soft circuits. Now I’m getting interested in the “quantified self” movement (see Wolfram for an extreme example) and am thinking about melding the two. My FitBit has an API. My phone knows where I’ve been. Anybody else interested in the intersection of DH, quantified self, and physical computing?

    Rethinking the Graduate “Methods” Course: I wrote this thing. Now I’m hosting these conversations and running this program. I also spend a lot of time thinking about how well qualified lots of these people are to help train the next generation of humanities faculty and knowledge workers. Wanna talk about it?

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  1. Profile photo of lisaschamess lisaschamess says:

    I am very interested in the Wunderkammer idea. I am an enormous fan of the quirky in the aether, as well as the performative aspects of online journaling, digital curation, etc.

    My background: spy in the Academy. Writer, late MFA, late to teaching, late to most parties but happy to run out for ice before the stores close. Was pulled into THATCamp by my fiance John Walter,a bona fide digital humanist who kindly brings me places.

  2. Profile photo of johnpwalter johnpwalter says:

    I’d be interested in the Wunderkammer idea as well. Fwiw, Susan Delagrange has an article in Kairos on Wunderkammer: “Wunderkammer, Cornell, and the Visual Canon of Arrangement”: kairos.technorhetoric.net/13.2/topoi/delagrange/

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