Dawn Childress digital scholarship : book history : textual studies

Towards Speculative Catalogs (DH 2017)

This is a paper given at the Digital Humanities 2017 Conference as part of the panel Beyond Access: Critical Catalog Constructions, July 2017, Montréal.

My talk today focuses on framing our session theme of Beyond Access: Critical Catalog Constructions by outlining three potential areas of inquiry or exploration:

  1. Understanding the historical context, cultural biases, technical and other artifacts inherent to catalogs
  2. Rethinking our understanding of the catalog “reader”
  3. Moving toward the notion of “Speculative Catalogs”; or, how might we achieve points of access that facilitate active reframing and interrogation of our collections by “readers”
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Re-Imagining the Stack: Minimal Computing at Scale in the Digital Library

Below are the slides and edit-for-print text of a talk I gave as part of the “Minimal Computing in Libraries: Case Studies and the Case for” panel at the 2016 DLF Forum in Milwaukee, November 2016.

For the past 4 or 5 years, I have been experimenting with and employing minimal computing practices in digital scholarship and pedagogy projects. I had no name for it at the time and it didn’t have the cachet that it might today

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SHARP 2016: Translating Networks

Below are the slides and (sort of) reconstructed text of a talk I gave as part of the “Status of Translators” panel at SHARP 2016 in Paris, July 19, 2016. Slides appear at the end.

Today I’m going to share some of the work we doing on our Translating Networks project. I’ll start with a short intro, the genesis and purpose of the project, then talk in more detail about the data work that we are doing and our preliminary research. I’ll conclude with ideas for next steps — some of which are in the planning stages, some perhaps more aspirational.

In The World Republic of Letters, Pascale Casanova argues that the relative importance of a “national” literature on the world literary stage depends not so much on the number of great writers in the language, as on the number of effective mediators from the original language to the target language.[1] This perspective calls for a methodology that considers world literature as a system, a system that is the work of many hands and that supersedes national boundaries. “Many hands” here implies not just a listing of names, but the delineation of a network of translators, original authors, publishers, places, institutions, prizes, and so on.

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CfP: Building Capacity with Care: Graduate Students and DH Work in the Library

Organizers of the DH 2016 workshop, Building Capacity with Care: Graduate Students and DH Work in the Library, have issued a call for participation for the day-long workshop to be held in Kraków, Poland this summer.

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From the website: “Libraries have an increasingly prominent role in the production of digital humanities scholarship through centers, programs, initiatives, and more. As leading scholars in the field like Bethany Nowviskie have repeatedly argued, getting graduate students involved in this work is essential for the future of digital work in the academy, and for the career success of 21st century scholars.[1]

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Alternative Infrastructures for Digital Projects

This post contains the slides and (rough) transcript of a presentation given with Andy Rutkowski at the DH Infrastructure Symposium at UCLA on February 26, 2016.

Links for projects and resources mentioned are included at the end of the transcript.

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