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Evidently: New Humanities Scholarship

Evidently: New Humanities Scholarship



Workshop for participants at the 2013 Faculty of Arts and Education HDR Summer School (Deakin University)

Workshop for participants at the 2013 Faculty of Arts and Education HDR Summer School (Deakin University)



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  • 7 likely careers – for academics – 7 likely methodologies. Methodologies in large part yet to be invented or even imagined.
  • Cliodynamics
  • Not just co-exist with but also enable humanities information behaviour
  • A key element of humanities research is the uncovering of relationships between artifacts, people, places and eventsAccidentally on purpose…
  • Coincidence – randomness or luck; Prevenient Grace – researcher is led to discovery through the cataloguing, classification and organization of information; Synchronicity – acausal relationships or events that occur simultaneously but are not dependent on cause and effect. Altamirage – idiosyncratic research behaviours on part of researcher
  • Chaining – footnote chasing, citation searching, journal run, area scanning, subject and author searches etc.

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  • EVIDENTLY:NEW HUMANITIES SCHOLARSHIPProfessor Deb Verhoeven@bestqualitycrabCRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • ONE GOOD TURN… Deserves another … and another … and … • spatial turn • material turn • linguistic turn • neuro-scientific turn • performative turn • computational turn • non-human turn • ecological turnCRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • THE NEW HUMANITIES • Digital humanities • Object-oriented humanities • Spatial humanities • Economies of the humanities • New materialism • Algorithmic humanitiesCRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • RESEARCH METHODOLOGY workshop 1. Identify the first three steps you will take to find answers to/explore your thesis problem/question? 2. Who will you talk to in order to get started with your research? 3. What types of evidence will you use to answer your question? 4. What resources will you need to answer your question? 5. What tools and techniques will you use (name at least three)? 6. How will you know when you have solved your problem? 7. What new information or knowledge will you have? What will be different? Will anything have changed?CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • DISSEMINATION AND IMPACT workshop 1. How will you communicate your research results to others? 2. How will this research contribute to the development of your research track? 3. How does this research align with Deakin’s strategic goals? 4. How will this research contribute to the your professional and/or creative industries?CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • METHODOLOGY? • A systemic approach to solving a problem • Incorporates the use of tools, techniques, infrastructureCRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • NATIONAL E-RESEARCH COLLABORATION TOOLS AND RESOURCES (NECTAR) • NeCTAR is a $47 million dollar, Australian Government project, conducted as part of the Super Science initiative and financed by the Education Investment Fund. The University of Melbourne is the lead agent, chosen by the Commonwealth Government.CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • VIRTUAL LABORATORY Illustrations: Steven HayesCRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
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  • THE HUNI VL WILL: • Enable humanities researchers to work with cultural datasets more efficiently and effectively, and on a larger scale than is presently possible; • Encourage the systematic sharing of research data between humanities researchers (including the cultural dataset curators themselves), the community and cultural institutions; • Encourage a higher level of cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, both within the humanities/creative arts and between the humanities/creative arts and other disciplines, and the wider public; • Support innovative methodologies such as network analysis, game theory and ‘virtual history’ that rely on large-scale datasets; and • Ensure that Australian cultural datasets and the research associated with them become part of the emerging international Linked Open Data environment.CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • HUMANITIES RESEARCH LIFECYCLE John Unsworth (2000) Scholarly Primitives: What methods do humanities researchers have in common, and how might our tools reflect this? Kings College, London: http://www3.isrl.illinois.edu/~unsworth/Kings.5-00/primitives.html 1. Discovering 5. Sampling 2. Annotating 6. Illustrating 3. Comparing 7. Representing 4. ReferringCRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • SHORTER VERSION University of Minnesota Libraries (2006) A multidimensional framework for academic support: final report” Minneapolis: http://purl.umn.edu/5540 1. Discover 2. Gather 3. Create 4. ShareCRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • HUNI FRAMEWORK • Discovering (encounter, search and browse); • Analysing (collecting, annotating, visualizing and mapping); • Sharing (collaborating, publishing, citing and referencing).CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • SERENDIPITY The X-factor of humanities researchCRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • UNDERSTANDING SERENDIPITY Daniel Liestman, “Chance in the Midst of Design”, RQ 31 (Summer 1992) Accident Sage • Coincidence • Perseverance • Prevenient grace • Altamirage • Synchronicity • SagacityCRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • ANYTHING ELSE? Interdisciplinarity as a serendipity technique Social networking and crowdsourcing Databases Ways of reading and writingCRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • GOOGLE SEARCH Stephen Ramsay (2010) The hermeneutics of screwing around: Or what do you do with a million books: http://lenz.unl.edu/ “The thing they manage to In the end you’re left with a get right is, regrettably, the landscape in which the wheel ruts one thing that is least likely of your roaming intellect are to turn up something not increasingly deepened by habit, already prescripted by your training, and preconception. Seek existing network of and ye shall find. Unfortunately associations. you won’t find much else.”CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • David Ellis (1993), “Modeling the information-seeking patterns of academic researchers: A grounded theory approach” Library Quarterly 63; 469-486 • Starting (using contacts) • Differentiating (using differences • Chaining (following chains between sources to evaluate of citations) quality) • Browsing (semi-directed • Monitoring (following particular searching) sources) • Extracting (going through a particular source)CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • BERRYPICKING Marcia J. Bates (1989), “The design of browsing and berrypicking techniques for the online search interface”, Online Review 13 • Bit at a time retrieval • “each new piece of • Differs from traditional model of information they encounter search in that the question is gives them new ideas and evolving and the search process is directions to follow and also dynamic using a wide variety consequently a new conception of search techniques and sources. of the query”CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • RECURSIVE PROCESSES Serendipity as a non-linear research technique • Starting point is not often • Research is an exploratory, a narrow question but a generative activity (not a large and unwieldly topic summary of facts) in which that is refined over repeated research objects are always and evolving techniques part of larger conversations (i.e. need to adopt a rhetorical disposition)CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • CODE OF CONDUCT FOR SERENDIPITOUS RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES King’s College, London • This policy only applies to staff and PhD students • Please note that the researcher must sign up to at King’s College London conducting research with the code of conduct before the unanticipated human participants. The code of conduct is research opportunity has been encountered; it is applicable to staff and PhD research only. not possible for researchers to use data gained from an unanticipated research opportunity if • Unanticipated research is defined as they were not signed up to the code of conduct opportunities for gathering information which have prior to the encounter. not been created by the researcher and which could not have been reasonably anticipated by the • In addition to this it should be noted that any researcher. This definition cannot be applied to new research opportunity involving human research with vulnerable individuals or children, or participants that is generated as a result of an to the use of prepared materials (such as unanticipated encounter will not be covered by questionnaires), and it cannot be applied to the terms of the code of conduct, and as such research which in any way falls under the remit of would need to go for formal ethical review as per the NHS. the normal procedures.CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
  • CHANCE FAVORS THE THE PREPARED MIND Dans les champs de lobservation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés. In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind. Louis Pasteur Lecture, University of Lille (7 December 1854)CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B