Full Stack DH: Building a Virtual Research Environment on a Raspberry PI
Postphenomenology & the Return to Things
"The enrichment of pragmatism includes its recognition that
“consciousness”is an abstraction, that experience in its deeper and
broader sense entails its embeddedness in both the physical or material
world and its cultural-social dimensions."
Don Ihde, Postphenomenology and technoscience (Albany: SUNY Press, 2009)
“Because humans rely on things that have to be maintained so that they
can be relied on, humans are caught in the lives and temporalities of
things, their uncertain vicissitudes and their insatiable needs”
Ian Hodder, “The Entanglements of Humans and Things,” New Literary History (2014),
45: 1, p.20.
- We deny the epistemological significance of our tools, from our desktop
monitors to the servers and submarine cables that deliver our data, and
the standards and ontologies that structure it.
- We should interpret infrastructure symbolically, politically, and critically.
- We should experiment with physical hardware to force us to engage with
the materiality of infrastructure.
- Virtual Research Environment;
- Scholarly Communication;
- Acknowledgement of the need for ‘critical digital infrastructure studies’
(Alan Liu) opens up interesting possibilities for DH:
- New media studies, critical code studies, platform studies;
- Maker Culture.
Matt Ratto, “Critical Making,” The Information Society (July 2011), 27:
- A full stack experiment:
- Raspberry Pi; Linux; Postgres; HTML Boilerplate; Python / Django;
Amazon Web Services.
- A full stack experiment: Raspberry Pi; Linux; Postgres; HTML
Boilerplate; Python / Django; Amazon Web Services
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