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Fall 2017 IDAH Events

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

10:00 AM11:30 AM

The maker movement, a subculture affiliated with a do-it-yourself ethos and, more recently, a passion for digital technologies, has been growing over the last two decades and is making its way onto the university campus . Digital humanities (DH) centers in particular have taken up the maker ethos, incorporating digital technologies such as 3D printers and microcomputers into their spaces. While recent literature acknowledges both the lack of female presence in makerspaces and a desire for more diversity in the digital humanities, no study of making has yet employed a feminist approach to understanding why and how these issues arise in the first place. The Centering Gender Project aims to do just this, by employing Wajcman’s (2004) theory of TechnoFeminism in an examination of public and academic examples of making. Martin's talk will showcase preliminary findings from her first on-site visits to makerspaces, and challenge the audience to think through ways their learning spaces could diversify their population.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

9:00 AM11:00 AM

Have you ever asked your class think about their impact on the environment by creating something from recycled material? Or passed around a 3D printed copy of Nefertiti to start a discussion about deception? What about turning their love of video games into a history lesson? Join Kim Martin, the Ridley postdoctoral fellow in DH at the University of Guelph, as she invites instructors in the arts and humanities to join her in a hands-on workshop focussing on the role of 'making' in the classroom. A number of maker-techniques, from digital to analog and some in-between, will be available to try, and instructors are encouraged to bring lesson plans, questions, and a sense of adventure!

Friday, December 01, 2017

1:00 PM2:30 PM

Quantitative Transgressions: Computing and Quantitative Methods in History and Literary Studies. The topic for December's meeting is "Measuring Concentration and Diversity in the Humanities." This term the Computational Humanities Reading Group (CHRG) will examine three recent cases where it appears that scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences has failed to use quantitative evidence skillfully. Are these cases the expected outcome of explorations of new methods? Might an infelicitous use of quantitative methods ever be intentional? Are more mundane explanations credible, such as publishers' failures to match articles with suitable reviewers? Join us this year as we consider cases from history and literary studies.