MDST 3703 F10 Seminar 7

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  • 1. Seminar 7 Worlds of Dante and Tibet
    Introduction to the Digital Liberal Arts
    MDST 3703 / 7703Fall 2010
  • 2. Business
    Midterms are available on Collab
    In the Resources tree
    About Tuesday …
    As a result, synthetic posts not due this week
    You may write a post for extra credit
  • 3. Review
    Text and Image
    Contextual mass achieved through juxtaposition of text and image
    Classification and the role of categories
    Connecting
    What else?
  • 4. Parker and Germano want their sites to evoke worlds.
    What do they mean by “world”?
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  • 7. http://www.clr4u.org/in-search-of-the-beginning/charts-diagrams.html
  • 8. Hermeneutics, the Study of Wor(l)ds
    We’ve mentioned the hermeneutical circle
    Grammatical vs. Psychological meanings
    More generally: human beings inhabit worlds, not just environments
    Worldview
    Origins in interpreting the Bible and Roman Law
    The “records left by man [sic]” bear the imprint of these worlds
    Scholarship is about remembering these worlds to our contemporaries
    Remembering them, rearticulating them
  • 9. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
  • 10. Texts “contain” worlds
    Is this idea found in hypertext?
  • 11. Operationalizing the concept
    Worlds consist of “symbols and meanings”
    Symbols and meanings
    Encode categories
    Are expressed by both words and images
    Are created and “owned” by communities and societies
    We can represent these in the digital medium
  • 12. Sign
    Symbol
  • 13. Let’s look at how worlds are represented for Dante and Tibet
  • 14. World of Dante
    Third Generation IATH project
    Deborah Parker, Italian
    Focuses on putting the Divine Comedy in context—evoking the world
    Dante is like Blake and Milton in this respect
    How does the site accomplish this?
    Visit site and begin reading …
    Ask: who is Beatrice?
  • 15. Submenu
    Core Content
    Main Menu
    Maps
    SEARCH
    Text, Category
    LIST
    Music
    CANTO VIEWER
    English, Italian, Categories
    Timeline
    Inferno | Purgatorio| Paradisio
    Resources
    IMAGE
    RECORD
    CATEGORY
    RECORD
    Gallery
    Information Architecture of WOD
  • 16. World Views
    Maps categories onto text
    Maps images onto categories
  • 17. Tibetan & Himalayan Library
    Third Generation IATH project
    David Germano, Religious Studies
    Builds on UVAs position in Tibetan Studies
    Focuses on putting Tibet in context
    Also takes advantage of context—how?
    Built around the library metaphor (alas)
    Projects, Collections, Places (Map room), Encyclopedias, Reference, Community, Tools
  • 18. Key Elements
    Media
    Images, video, etc.
    Categories (Knowledge Maps)
    Rituals, Economics, etc.
    Maps
    Interactive Maps, Place Dictionary
    Literature
    Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Translator, etc.
    Community
    Projects, How to Contribute, etc.
  • 19. Exercise
    Group A: Compare the representations of Virgil and Beatrice in the text. Who are they and how many times does each appear in the text?
    Group B: Compare image representations of Virgil and Beatrice
    Group C: Locate the Tibetan city of Lhasa and learn about it place in Tibetan culture
    Group D: use the Knowledge Maps to find out how many kinds of Tibetan rituals there are. Do any have images associated with them?