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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...
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

...
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 cultu...
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
             ...
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/

 ...
Kabren f Levinson
k@kabrenlevinson.com
http://kabrenlevinson.com
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What are the Digital Humanities and how do we study technology and technology study?

  1. 1. Digital Humanities podcamp boston 4 kabren levinson www.kabren.com
  2. 2. I study classical and modern philosophy at Bard College.
  3. 3. interdisciplinary study: socrates, feminism, nietzsche, technology, jewish spirituality.
  4. 4. A classical person who is involved with technology.
  5. 5. Ancient Greece “turns me on.” So does the Internet.
  6. 6. I am concerned about how technology is used on our lives.
  7. 7. What are the “Digital Humanities” and how do we study technology and technology study?
  8. 8. So-Crates. http://bit.ly/socratesdude
  9. 9. Humanities: Studying the Human Condition
  10. 10. What does it mean to be “human”?
  11. 11. analytic critical speculative
  12. 12. philosophy history social science art anthropology religion etc.
  13. 13. Technology is a new part of the human condition.
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. Technology in the past 100 years has been let loose in both good and bad ways.
  16. 16. Good: more innovation more ideas more technologies fast-moving and quickly-developing community
  17. 17. Bad: less thought less critique lack of analysis no recognition of technologies
  18. 18. Digital Humanities
  19. 19. Introduces thought into technology and technology into thought.
  20. 20. computing + humanities classical and modern use of media in life and use of life in media involve technology in study invite collaboration and analysis
  21. 21. Knowledge Making. How we know, both in the past and in the future.
  22. 22. As humanity becomes both digital and analog, the digital humanities create new ways to study these new human cultures.
  23. 23. How does technology affect knowledge?
  24. 24. Dynamic interaction with scholarly work.
  25. 25. New ways to process and understand knowledge.
  26. 26. Problems
  27. 27. Old/New worlds colliding.
  28. 28. Preservation: how does a “digital” artifact survive?
  29. 29. Value: does the value of a scholarly work change when it can be reproduced “forever”?
  30. 30. Knowledge
  31. 31. Techne Poiesis rational method making something out of nothing know how to do poetry bringing-forth (Heidegger)
  32. 32. Socrates and the Symposium.
  33. 33. What is the “digital symposium”?
  34. 34. For the Digital Humanities to manifest, we must continue to rely on open standards. Access is key.
  35. 35. 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/
  36. 36. Kabren f Levinson k@kabrenlevinson.com http://kabrenlevinson.com

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