HASTAC Scholars Meeting with Virginia Kuhn Oct 14, 2014
Notes from our talk:
- WJT Mitchell influenced a lot of my work
- Good to see that there are opportunities for you to meet people outside of your cohort here
- I am moved by the idea that we had an oral culture and then moved into print literacy. Undergrad degree in Art History and Criticism.
- I was the only girl in my high school programming class in the 80s, and not much has changed
- Dawning of the kind of cultural studies where we were going to start looking at "low art" in addition to high art
- worked in the private sector for awhile
- I did go back in academia in the late nineties. The digital was part of it for me.
- My PhD is in English. (Milwawkee - Wisconsin). It was a wonderful space. I joined the division of rhetoric and cultural studies. My studies were formally in rhetoric
- I did a hyper textual masters thesis - decided just to work on texts, no media. How do we read - chunking ideas - how do we write? Presents realign interesting issues on argument.
- I returned to the visual. Got to know Gregory Ulmer and his work as well.
- I bought into the notion and I still do, that digital technologies are almost as amenable to images as to words. It's expensive to print, but relatively easy to have images in a digital medium
- My work on race was really rich with visual images
- I was worried about getting labeled as the technology wonk. So I did try and move away from the technology. But I thought no. Writing itself is a technology. It finally became important to DO the dissertation
- I won't forget - these three heavyweight scholars divided on whether I should do it.
- Conversations are similar now ten years later
- I was crafty about it. I waited till late in the process. I convinced my committee to support it. So I went to the graduate school rep and said, it was not my original intent to do a digital dissertation, but it is the natural outcome of my research.
- The grad school was very surprised that the first digital dissertation was going to come from English rather than computer science.
- I had really high people protecting me. I defended Aug 4 2005. I was in my office at USC Aug 5 2005. I knew this would make or break my career.
- It was the pressure of the press that finally got my doctorate.
- In California the writing programs tend to be disconnected from the English departments and lower. So my dean didn't want me to go there.
- I've been in Facebook since the beginning. I hate when I hear digital natives.
- Manuel Castells - most highly cited social scientist in the world. He says, how do you stop people from checking Facebook in class, BE INTERESTING
Who is your audience
- Cinema - I am often cast as a digital humanities person. I'll frame myself that way. But I think humanities is an issue. I am a rhetorician. I don't change my core, but I do change my frame for an audience
- Especially with a humanities audience I start with three premises:
- writing is a technology
- oral culture - print culture - digital era
- epistemology and pedagogy can't be separated
Orality - Orint - Digital
- I do see our primary way of communicating was oral, then writing, and now digital, although they are all interconnected
- "lettered orality" we are literate but we have this digital where we document our performance - the digital allows us to document our oral performance
Honors in Multimedia Literacy program
Kairos Issue 14 2: technoretoric.net : Speaking with Students: Profiles in Digital Pedagagy
- documentation is the way you have to go for digital projects, because it can be really hard to archive them
- my research and pedagogy can't be separated, so this is a peer-reviewed piece
- on the depth you can achieve in cyber space: we let the text bleed through the page
- no one knows how to read these things well - so we have to build the assessment and the reading tools into the document
- required by editors to include notes on the text-bleed on the page and its significance
- Assessment - laid out in thesis parameters page of the publications
- Early on at IML we were accused of the "Disnyfication" of scholarship
MoMLA - From Gallery to Webtext
Filmic texts and the rise of the fifth estate