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Announcing Our New PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge

I'm very pleased to pass on this notice from Ian Baucom, Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke: 

The Franklin Humanities Institute is pleased to announce a new PhD Laboratory in Digital Knowledge, to be co-directed by Cathy Davidson and David Bell, beginning in Fall 2012. We would like to invite you to a town hall meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 11am (FHI Garage) to introduce the Lab and to discuss ways in which faculty might participate in its pedagogical and research projects.

The future of research and teaching in the Humanities (and across the spheres of the university) is in the midst of a major transformation, one prompted by multiple and ongoing innovations in the digital, informational, and computational fields. The goal of the Digital Knowledge Lab is to provide an arena in which PhD students in all the humanities and interpretive social sciences (regardless of their individual disciplines) can both receive training in, and contribute to the production of, new forms of digital scholarship, digital knowledge networks, pedagogies, and engagements with the public.

Dean Laurie Patton and Dean Srinivas Aravamudan have both agreed to join us at the town hall. As many of you are aware, Dean Patton has recently hosted a series of Open Faculty Fora on technology and teaching, a key concern for her office. The FHI is particularly grateful for her leadership in this area and for the generous support Arts and Sciences, Provost Lange and the Graduate School are providing for the Digital Knowledge Lab.

On behalf of Cathy and David, I hope you will be able to attend on April 24. I’m eagerly looking forward to our conversation!  --Ian Baucom





Cathy N. Davidson is co-founder of HASTAC, and author of The Future of Thinking:  Learning Institutions for a Digital Age (with HASTAC co-founder David Theo Goldberg), and  Now You See It:  How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn (Viking Press). She is co-PI on the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions.   NOTE:  The views expressed in Cat in the Stack blogs and in NOW YOU SEE IT are solely those of the author and not of HASTAC, nor of any institution or organization. Davidson also writes on her own author blog, [NYSI cover]



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