These notes are on the MLA convention in Boston which I attended. The notes were written on the fly so they will have errors and they are limited.
How to get started in DH
I participated in the Get Started in Digital Humanities with Help from DHCommons MLA associated workshop. It started with a panel on the subject of how to get started in DH. My answer was:
Start a project!
Others said similar things - you have to try to do it to get started. Like a programming language, you won't learn it unless you try to do something with it. Some of the other ideas included:
thinking through theoretical things
I gave a paper at a session (167) titled Digital Humanities and Theory. The session was organized by Stefano Franchi from Texas. My paper was titled "thinking through theoretical things" and discussed how things could bear theory. My slides are up at:
I ended by distinguishing between those things that bear theory (just about everything made by us bears some sort of theoretical assumptions) and those "theoretical things" designed to communicate ideas. Theoretical things have these features:
From Artificial Intelligence to Artistic Practices
Stefano Franchi presented on "From Artificial Intelligence to Artistic Practices: A New Theoretical Model for the Digital Humanities" where argued for a change in the encounter between the humanities and information/computation sciences.
Franchi then gave the example of microsounds and the effect of Curtis Road's idea of microsounds. What Curtis Road did was:
Franchi suggests that this is what we should be doing in the humanities with the digital.
Instead, we see the sciences picking off our problems using this strategy:
The role of the humanities is limited to providing a reservoir of interesting problems.
This reminds me of Geoffrey Harpham's essay on Science and the Theft of Humanity (see my blog entry).
Franchi then stepped back and discussed Poeisis vs Theoria.
David Washington gave a paper on "Object-Oriented Ontology: Escaping the Title of the Book".
I didn't the follow the paper as well as I should have as I had just finished my paper and was distracted. He did however mention Ian Bogost and his Latour Litanizer that generates random lists from the Wikipedia. Reading what Bogost has to say suggests that he is arguing for "carpentry" or an approach of building theoretical things, "construction of artifacts that illustrate the perspectives of objects."
Bogost has written on What is Object-Oriented Ontology.
I can't help feeling that the rich history of philosophizing about what a thing is has slid out of sight and is therefore being recapitulated.
Susan Brown of CWRC organized a session on Open Sesame. This session was on interoperability. I argued that text projects should make their e-texts openly available so that they can be used with different research tools. There is a storify version of our discussion at:
I recognize that some projects don't feel they can share their texts openly. I discussed ways to protect and share texts including:
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