THATCamp Theory roundups, results, and more!

Thank you, everyone, for an energizing and thought-provoking weekend!

Here are some of the follow-ups I’ve seen so far:

Mia Zamora’s excellent notes from Saturday

Michelle Moravec’s Storify gives a non-attendee’s perspective by showing what a “crazy day on the Twitterverse” we produced when combined with concurrent events like NEASA and THATCamp OHA.

The session on “failure,” convened by Andrew Ferguson, produced a collaborative Google doc.

The session on “THAT theories,” theories that can help students develop a critical framework for understanding how humans and technology interrelate, convened by Maria Cecire, also produced a Google doc.

What have I missed? Link other follow-ups in the comments!

Permanent link to this article: http://theory2012.thatcamp.org/10/15/thatcamp-theory-roundups-results-and-more/


Friday Dinner?

Jean Bauer and I just got in, and are plotting dinners, possible takeover of a place if enough people are here! Aiming for about 7, and looking for recommendations from people who know the area.


More discussion likely happen on twitter via @thatcamptheory


Hope to see  you soon!

Permanent link to this article: http://theory2012.thatcamp.org/10/12/friday-dinner/

Permanent link to this article: http://theory2012.thatcamp.org/10/12/session-proposal-theory-by-the-numbers/


Developing a Common Language across Race Studies and the Digital Humanities

I would like to propose a collaborative workshop to develop a common language or vocabulary between scholars of race studies (critical race studies, postcolonial studies), computer scientists and the digital humanists. What are some common terms that we use that we think in different ways? (Modularity comes up as one.) What are some of the assumptions that we share/do not share about how cultural constructs are replicated in code, and what are its implications?

During the workshop, participants can draw up lists of common terms, explain how we all understand them, and suggest how we can use these terms to inform our digital humanities projects. How does the digital humanities change or become inflected by race studies? Issues of representation—recovery of works by people of color—are important, but what else would be relevant here? What are some theories and methodologies that a race scholar can use in projects such as topic modeling and other types of text mining; geospatial mapping projects; and issues of gamification in the classroom? What are some examples of DH projects that can be nuanced with race theory, and how can this be specifically done?

Image Credit

Permanent link to this article: http://theory2012.thatcamp.org/10/12/developing-a-common-language-across-race-studies-and-the-digital-humanities/


Rides to THATCamp Theory

Folks! Many kind people have offered rides to Murray Hall on Saturday morning.

Super-local (from near Hwy 1): Patrick Murray-John

From Brooklyn/lower Manhattan: Kyle McAuley (see my earlier email or email to be put in touch)

Alex’s car is full.

If anyone else would like to organize ride-sharing, please do so in the comment thread below, or email me to be put in touch with particular people.

Permanent link to this article: http://theory2012.thatcamp.org/10/11/rides-to-thatcamp-theory/


co-presence in the on-line media events

How do people react when they watch the “Super Bowl” game in crowds and in a stadium ? How could the situation differ when they watch the game on TV within a much smaller group? What about the reaction when people watch the game alone online? It is interesting that these three situations have something in common–the audiences’ co-presence to the same media event, however the co-presence doesn’t have to be in any single or particular venue.

How could we get access to and follow the online co-presence? What are the possible implications of DH approach to study people’s changing reception?

Permanent link to this article: http://theory2012.thatcamp.org/10/10/co-presence-in-the-on-line-media-events/


Critical Theory, Philosophy of Science and New Media

I am proposing a session that I hope will call upon the collective interest of any members in the humanities whose work intersect with critical questions in science and the history of science in any way. As scholars in the fields of the humanities, including that of history, are turning increasingly to digital tools that they hope will help organize what is available so that what is missing can be more easily foregrounded, conceptualize arguments and directions especially when working in under-explored fields, and work out that interdisciplinary intellectual connections so as to make it more of a bi or multi-directional exchange.

There is no shortage of philosophers and critical theorist who are interested in interrogating science and using science objects not only to talk about  problems that are directly connected with scientific knowledge, but also to use the discussions arising from that to look at analogous and parallel problems in the other fields. Among the philosophers who write extensively about science, or whose philosophy draws on work analyzed in science, are Descartes, Leibniz, Newton, Schelling, Husserl, that group of the Vienna Circle which included Popper, Lakatos, Deleuze, Bergson, Serres, Simondon,Whitehead, de Landa, Harding, Hacking, Stengers, Longino, Barad, are just among some in the long list of philosophers past and contemporary who work in areas of philosophy of science or in the critical interrogation of scientific objects and thoughts, and extending their discourse across disciplines.

Among the themes I would like to include for discussion, though they are by no means arbitrary:

  • How much science do we need to know to create a productive philosophy without subordinating oneself to its master dialectics?
  • Is there such a thing as a critical theory of science and how can it look like?
  • How can critical theory in other areas such as in media theory and other areas of the humanities help bring new  and fresh perspectives for envisioning theories of science more creatively, even if they seem epistemologically in contradistinction?
  • What are the concepts of symmetry and assymetry of information in science and the humanities, and how that helps us think through the existing and emergent medium for knowledge transmission, interaction and actualization?
  • What are the existing and emergent forms of ‘old’ and ‘new’ media, and even in the discourse of media ‘archaeology’ and trans.mediality, that lends itself to a more productive interdisciplinary exchange across epistemically dissimilar fields while enabling the complication of that exchange?
  • What are the available digital tools for historians of science, and those who work in the interdisciplinary trading-zone between science and the humanities, that can help in creating multimodal interrogation of critical objects that can then be incorporated into the more traditional writing and publication process? How can we make such tools more amenable to the different disciplinary methods, and even interdisciplinary methods.
  • What are the ethical issues involved in such interrogations and how do we include contents of culture, politics, and the social into the interrogation without over-extending that possibility?


Share your thoughts and ideas here critscitheory.tumblr.com/!


Permanent link to this article: http://theory2012.thatcamp.org/10/10/critical-theory-philosophy-of-science-and-new-media/


Rides from I-95/Hwy 1 area

I’ll be staying deep on the cheap in Howard Johnson around I-95 / Hwy 1 intersections, and so can offer a ride to Murray Hall if anyone else is in that area.

Permanent link to this article: http://theory2012.thatcamp.org/10/07/rides-from-i-95hwy-1-area/



All room numbers are in the Plangere Writing Center, Murray Hall, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. This information is also available on the Logistics page.

Wondering what goes in those [] boxes? That’s for you to decide during the scheduling session on Saturday. The scheduling session is very important! Be there!

Saturday 10/13
time Rm. 302 Rm. 303 Rm. 305 Rm. 001 Rm. 002 Rm. 003 Collaboratory (038)
9:00-9:30 am Sign in; coffee and pastries
9:30-10:30 am Welcome
10:30-11:45 am [] Workshop: Reimagining and Reconnecting Networks, led by Andrew Lison [] []
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (provided) and Dork Shorts
1:00-2:15 pm moar coffee! [] [] [] [] []
2:30-3:45 pm [] Workshop: Evaluation and Critique of DH Projects, led by Shannon Mattern [] [] []
4:00-5:15 pm [] [] [] [] []
Sunday 10/14
time Rm. 302 Rm. 303 Rm. 305 Rm. 001 Rm. 002 Rm. 003 Collaboratory (038)
9:00-9:30 am Coffee and pastries
9:30-10:30 am [] Workshop: Code Meets Item, led by Patrick Murray-John [] [] []
10:30-11:45 am [] Workshop: The Database as Theory, led by Jean Bauer [] [] []
11:55 am-12:15 pm Conclusions/next steps/farewell

Permanent link to this article: http://theory2012.thatcamp.org/10/02/schedule/


Mapping the Network: Cybercartographies and Non-Zero Interfaces

Mapping the Network: Cybercartographies and Non-Zero Interfaces.

Let’s talk about how information visualizations (re)present, manifest, and/or create the network. In Galloway’s new Interface Effect, he suggests “Only one visualization has ever been made of an information network….Every map of the internet looks the same. A word cloud equals a flow chart equals a map of the internet. All operate within a single uniform set of aesthetic codes. The size of this aesthetic space is one…And where there is only one, there is nothing. For representation of one is, in fact, a representation of nothing. (84)

…it says nothing…no media is happening here (86)

There is quite literally an inability to render the network as an image differentiated from other images. There is a single image and thus there is none. (91)

I want to fiercely refute this by creating a collaboratively-curated digital museum of information visualizations that prove that NOT all cybercartographic maps reduce to one (or, to nothing…to zero). Let’s discuss information visualization, non-zero interfaces (interfaces that do not merge into the ‘single image’ scheme as suggested), and create a collaboratively-curated digital online museum. I’ll have a Tumblr ready for our en-action and we can populate it while we work.

Our Tumblr: Museum of Non-Zero Maps: museumofnonzeromaps.tumblr.com. Please post all non-zero maps!


Amanda Starling Gould, Duke University

Permanent link to this article: http://theory2012.thatcamp.org/10/01/mapping-the-network-cybercartographies-and-non-zero-interfaces/

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