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Panel: Face/Book/Net/Work: Social Networking and the Humanities


 Fun to be with or died for his country,

or don’t broadcast; collaborate


In her 2006 novel, Dreams of Speaking, Australian writer Gail Jones introduces a character, Alice Black, who is planning a book on “the unremarked beauty of modern things, of telephones, aeroplanes, computer screens and electric lights, of television, cars and underground transportation” (18) even as another character reminds her that “the difficulty with celebrating modernity … is that we live with so many persistently unmodern things. Dreams, love, babies. Illness. Memory. Death” (21). How we negotiate between and across what Alice thinks of as the modes of yesterday and today is the persistent task of the humanities.  How we accomplish that task is being revolutionized by the new tools available to us for developing stronger, transnational research communities and for sharing our work in progress across previously policed borders.

Paper for Delivery April 29 2011 Congress ACCUTE program pdf

A video for the full panel may be viewed at this url

Look for published papers in the ESC readers’ forum 36.4 due out in August.

Works Cited

Brown, Susan. (2011). “Don’t Mind the Gap: Evolving Digital Modes of Scholarly Production across the Digital-Humanities Divide.” In Daniel Coleman and Smaro Kamboureli, eds. Retooling the Humanities: The Culture of Research in Canadian Universities. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press. 203-32.

CIBER. (2010) “Social Media and Research Workflow.” University College London: Emerald Group Publishing.

Jones, Gail. (2006) Dreams of Speaking. Sydney: Vintage.

Vaidhyanathan, Siva. (2011) The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry). Berkeley:University of California Press.

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