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Welcome new PhD Lab Scholars!

Welcome new PhD Lab Scholars!

Congratulations to the new PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge scholars! The year was kicked off with a welcome party for new scholars last night and there are a myriad of events planned for this fall for new scholars, many of which are open to the public (and free) as well. The full schedule of events is listed below. Here's to a wonderful year!

The PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge at the Franklin Humanities Institute provides an arena in which PhD students in humanities and interpretive social sciences can learn about new digital scholarship, engage with its challenges, and see its promise for their own research and professional lives within or outside the university. Innovations in the digital, informational, and computational fields are generating new forms of pedagogy and shaping novel modes of scholarship.  They are widening our collaborative communities and expanding the publics with whom PhD candidates will engage.  In the PhD Lab, we seek to balance the practical and the conceptual by allowing participants to prototype projects and receive peer feedback to enrich their understanding of the potential of digital scholarship.

The Lab is supported by the Duke Graduate School, the Provost's Office, and Trinity College of Arts and Sciences along with the FHI.

Co-Directors: David F. Bell is Professor of French Studies in the Department of Romance Studies and Cathy N. Davidson is the Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke.

Affiliated faculty: Richard J. Powell (term of affiliation 2012-14) is the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art & Art History at Duke University, where he has taught since 1989.


Fall events for the new PhD in Digital Knowledge Lab Scholars


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Gonzalez, Jennifer. "The Face and the Public: Race, Secrecy, and Digital Art Practice." Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 24.1 70 (2009): 37. Print. 

The function and importance of race and race discourse in online digital spaces and in contemporary digital art revolve around an apparent paradox. On the one hand, there is a recurring desire to see online digital spaces as sites of universal subjectivity that can escape the limitations of race. This desire tends to intersect with assumptions about public space and systems of ethics that valorize the neutralization of cultural, racial, and sexual difference, as well as historical specificity. The apparently neutral space of the Inter- net is viewed as a potentially progressive domain for overcoming barriers that otherwise obstruct or restrict ideal forms of partici- pation in the public sphere. On the other hand, a proliferation of racially marked avatars and experimental hybrids (human and nonhuman) increasingly populate artificial worlds and online chat spaces. Race, as a set of visual cues operating in graphical interfaces, has literally become a fashion accessory to be bought, sold, traded, and toyed with experimentally and experientially online.


*The essay could be accessed via Duke University's online catalogo.