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What are the Digital Humanities and how do we study technology and technology study?

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    What are the Digital Humanities and how do we study technology and technology study? What are the Digital Humanities and how do we study technology and technology study? Presentation Transcript

    • Digital Humanities podcamp boston 4 kabren levinson www.kabren.com
    • I study classical and modern philosophy at Bard College.
    • interdisciplinary study: socrates, feminism, nietzsche, technology, jewish spirituality.
    • A classical person who is involved with technology.
    • Ancient Greece “turns me on.” So does the Internet.
    • I am concerned about how technology is used on our lives.
    • What are the “Digital Humanities” and how do we study technology and technology study?
    • So-Crates. http://bit.ly/socratesdude
    • Humanities: Studying the Human Condition
    • What does it mean to be “human”?
    • analytic critical speculative
    • philosophy history social science art anthropology religion etc.
    • Technology is a new part of the human condition.
    • living in public everyone can publish and make themselves known new types of communication new ways to create community redefine what “friends” are challenging the power structures of society.
    • Technology in the past 100 years has been let loose in both good and bad ways.
    • Good: more innovation more ideas more technologies fast-moving and quickly-developing community
    • Bad: less thought less critique lack of analysis no recognition of technologies
    • Digital Humanities
    • Introduces thought into technology and technology into thought.
    • computing + humanities classical and modern use of media in life and use of life in media involve technology in study invite collaboration and analysis
    • Knowledge Making. How we know, both in the past and in the future.
    • As humanity becomes both digital and analog, the digital humanities create new ways to study these new human cultures.
    • How does technology affect knowledge?
    • Dynamic interaction with scholarly work.
    • New ways to process and understand knowledge.
    • Problems
    • Old/New worlds colliding.
    • Preservation: how does a “digital” artifact survive?
    • Value: does the value of a scholarly work change when it can be reproduced “forever”?
    • Knowledge
    • Techne Poiesis rational method making something out of nothing know how to do poetry bringing-forth (Heidegger)
    • Socrates and the Symposium.
    • What is the “digital symposium”?
    • For the Digital Humanities to manifest, we must continue to rely on open standards. Access is key.
    • Resources plato.stanford.edu: stanford encyclopedia of philosophy http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/computer-science/ http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ethics-it-phenomenology/ http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/technology/ wikipedia (yes, it’s good) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_humanities http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Techne http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poiesis http://www.digitalhumanities.org/
    • Kabren f Levinson k@kabrenlevinson.com http://kabrenlevinson.com