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CFP: Special Issue of Intertexts – Epistemology as Border(land)s in the Age of Globalization

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 12:00

From the CFP:

From Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera poetics (1987) of articulating reformulations and provisional syntheses, to new technological pathways for infinite distribution across different borders (e.g., social media, gaming), to the recently discussed epistemological rupture in the Anthropocene, epistemology as border(land)s in the age of globalization thus provides powerful discursive and aesthetic strategies for cultural relationality and transcultural subjectivity. This special issue seeks papers that particularly examine epistemology as borders and borderlands with such intertwined questions as nationalism, pedagogy, and digitality/mediality. The paper should frame contacts, conflicts, and impacts among representations and movements with comparative approaches to epistemology as borderlands for innovative modes of thinking.

Read the full CFP here.

Resource: How to build a website with Blogdown in R

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 11:30

From the resource:

Want to build a website right in RStudio? blogdown is an R package that allows you to create websites from R markdown files using Hugo, an open-source static site generator written in Go and known for being incredibly fast.

You can read more about the differences between WordPress and Hugo (and other static site generators) here, here, and here

I started the process by reading through the first few chapters of the blogdown text. It has a ton of great information, and Yihui, Amber, and Alison make the information very accessible. I dug into the installation chapter, it was also helpful for me to follow Alison Presmanes Hill’s post.

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Editors’ Choice: Race, Gender, and Toxicity Online Plenary Roundtable

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 11:00

Race, Gender, and Toxicity Online Plenary Roundtable

When: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25
Sponsored by: Social Science Research Council and the Center for Media Engagement in the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin.

Plenary Roundtable: Professor Zizi A. Papacharissi, University of Illinois-Chicago; Professor Lisa Nakamura, University of Michigan; Assistant Professor Catherine Knight Steele, University of Maryland.

Moderator: Gina Masullo Chen, Assistant Director of the Center for Media Engagement and Assistant Professor of Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin.

Watch the full roundtable here.

Job: Librarian-Digital Humanities, University of South Florida

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 13:00

From the ad:

The USF Libraries’ Research Platform Teams (RPT) partner with graduate students and faculty in departments and across disciplinary clusters to promote innovative, collaborative services and drive research discovery. The teams establish deep relationships with faculty and graduate students, forging active partnerships through research, publication, grant writing, teaching, and informed collection management. Librarian team leads will participate in a comprehensive approach to the research process.

The strategy combines librarians with subject expertise at or above the Master’s level with professionals possessing functional expertise in such domains as data management, GIS, statistics, AR/VR, design, 3D visualization, and more. RPTs assume responsibility for the collections that are associated with their targeted discipline/disciplinary cluster and are encouraged to teach credit-bearing courses in their assigned area.

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Resource: Dynamic Maps Using CSV, Google Earth, KML and ArcGIS Online

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 12:30

From the resource:

In Fall 2018, Professor Molly Ball’s History 252: Immigration in the Americas students developed original research based on archival and primary sources to explore how Rochester’s own immigrant history can not only enrich our understanding of the city’s history, but also further our understanding of transnational immigrant experiences throughout the Americas. One of the ways the students’ research has been showcased was in an interactive mapping exhibit…

This project and associated exhibit required us to make some interesting technological choices: how data would be stored and updated, which mapping applications to use and how the data and applications would be configured for the exhibit.

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Editors’ Choice: When and how did “archive” become a verb?

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 12:00

Archives are places. They are institutions. But to archive is also an action. Web Archiving is a process that produces web archives and personal digital archiving is a set of practices for working to ensure longterm access to personal digital content.

When and how did archive become a verb? Webster’s dates the noun usage to 1603 and the verb usage to 1831, but I’m curious how obscure the verb usage was over time.

My sense/hunch has been that the verb form of archive, is tied up in the history of computing. A tape archive is a higher latency storage mechanism. There is a long standing use of “archiving” as a concept that involves writing to tape. The term tape is itself part of the name of .tar files. So, when did archive become a verb and to what extent is archiving related to the development of computing?

This kind of question is exactly the sort of thing that Google n-gram is useful for. Over time I’ve generated a few different graphs of trends around the verb usage of archive in Google books and posted them to twitter. It seemed like it would be worth taking a few minutes to explore that data a bit more. What follows is really just some initial notes on some searches. I’m curious to get other interpretations on what we learn from these charts and examples of usage.


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Editors’ Choice: How a University Can Sell Its Soul

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 11:00
HASTAC’s Stanford Origins and the University’s Current Decision on Stanford University Press

For HASTAC, this story has particular relevance since we were founded with the conviction that the technologies emerging from Silicon Valley had to have ethical and social dimensions, including ones based on access and equity. HASTAC has deep roots in a scholarly tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration in research and teaching across domains as well as a commitment to technological innovation–and some of those roots go back to Stanford.

The organization HASTAC was founded in 2002, cofounded by myself (Duke University) and David Theo Goldberg (Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute), and a dozen other scholars and technology practitioners across a wide variety of fields. One of the founders (and an early technology visionary) was Kevin Franklin (then Associate Director of UCHRI).  UCHRI hosted HASTAC’s first face-to-face meeting in 2002 (and our first conference in 2003). We all began to imagine what an online version of our interactions, contributions, and collaborations might look like, including the UCHRI leaders plus other members of the original design team that included Ruzena Bajcsy (the eminent engineer at UC Berkeley), Kathleen Woodward (Humanities Center, University of Washington), Tara McPherson (Film and Media, USC), Anne Balsamo (Interactive Media, USC), and others. The HASTAC online network–the “world’s first and oldest academic social network” according to an NSF report–was imagined collaboratively and collectively at numerous face-to-face gatherings, including at one hosted by the cyberinfrastructure division of NSF.

At Stanford, the group involved in translating f2f cross-institutional collaboration into an interactive community-led online tool included: former Stanford Professors Jeffrey Schnapp and Tim Lenoir, librarian Henry Lowood (currently Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections and Film & Media Collections in the Stanford University Libraries) and doctoral students KC Alt, Jesse Thompson  (’s first Webmaster), and Zachary Pogue (HASTAC’s second Webmaster, first at Stanford, then Duke).

We had to imagine such a tool together since it didn’t yet exist. began as a display website linked to this brand new thing called a “wiki, ” a website on which any registered user could contribute or modify content directly from a web browser.  Ward Cunningham designed and launched the first wiki on the Internet in 1995.  The most famous wiki, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, launched on the Internet in 2001.

In 2002, the HASTAC team began to build its site and its wiki. Helping us to design the site was none other than Jimmy Wales, cocreator of Wikipedia. I believe it was in 2002 or 2003 that we first met him.  I remember we first visited his office around that time—cement block walls, a few guys at desktops. We also engaged in a few early experiments with what were then called “web blogs” or “blogs” (considerably before 2009 when “Web 2.0” made “interactivity” readily available).  My point: we were imagining technologies for scholarly collaboration and interaction back then that are now everywhere . . . and humanists and social scientists were there and key.


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