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Radio Humanities

Another new scholar late to the party! 

How I joined the DH party:

Like many others, on certain days I feel like I have one foot in the door of the digital humanities field, and on others I imagine myself as an imposter who doesn't know any programming languages. And like others, I've come to decide that there are many different stripes of digital work for humanists, not all of which require computer science degrees! 

My introduction to digital scholarship was in digital mapping and spatial history, and I'm still doing those pesky ESRI online tutorials to attempt more than just a surface level comprehension of ArcGIS. Early on in grad school I also worked with the ARTFL database of French texts (the 18th c. Encyclopédie by Diderot and d'Alembert especially), which opened up the world of digital texts and text mining. These days I am tackling small projects in both of these fields for my dissertation: creating a digital map of 18th c. parishes for western France (which will be linked to archival data about activities within those parishes, for comparison on a regional level) and doing TEI markup of some administrative regulations to compare language between similar texts published in different provinces of France.

What I want to do when I grow up [aka, after I submit my dissertation]:

On the sidelines of my dissertation, I've also been at work on two new projects that I hope to pursue when I graduate this spring:

  1. Creating community among archivists and historians to encourage collaboration on archival history, digital projects, collection processing, and exhibit curation.
  2. Using radio as a tool for communication among scholars and between academic and general public audiences.

This radio project is what I plan to focus on in HASTAC 2012-13.

I would like to connect with others who are interested in audio production and distribution of scholarly work and archival audio recordings via radio and/or podcasts. I will be creating a database of radio shows/podcasts that are related to the Humanities, and collaborators are welcome! Campus radio stations are the traditional homes for radio shows produced or hosted by students, staff, and faculty about academic issues/research and audio history, but it can often be diffucult to locate these shows (examples: Prof Talk at UBC; Entitled Opinions at KZSU-Stanford; Talking History at SUNY-Albany). More widely distributed shows like Backstory (w/the American History Guys) or Digital Campus (CHNM) are on iTunes. When I get the list started and uploaded to my HASTAC page, I will write another blog post to introduce the initial list and share information about how to contribute.

Excited to be here!



1 comment

I'm so glad to find someone else who's interested in audio production. It's something that I started playing around with after hearing about Lorraine Kochanski Stock's hybrid courses (for which she creates Powerpoint lectures with an audio track). I'd like to do more with it -- i.e., creating short lectures that my students can watch before class so that we can spend class time working on stuff -- but I'm also really, really excited about the potential for podcasting and radio as a tool for communication between colleagues.

In short, when you're ready for collabs, I'll be right there.