Here’s a link to the Storify for the conference: sfy.co/gMkk
I clustered it by sessions (seemed the most intuitive), but let me know if I put anyone in the wrong place! I couldn’t track down GoogleDocs/notepads for several of the sessions – just give me a shout on Twitter (@bdholms) if you have one or I missed something, and I’ll update the Storify accordingly.
Thanks to everyone for a great THATCamp!
I’d like to propose a conversation about using technology in the performing arts classroom, especially in relationship to playwriting and collaborative work. I recently taught a hybrid section of first-year writing and spent the semester looking for ways to create lessons that were more than just online versions of what we did in class; the real challenge was finding lessons that made the online classroom the ideal environment rather than just the one we were given. I’m teaching a playwriting class in the fall and want to find ways to make online work relevant and engaging.
How are new & emerging media, social media & the Internet changing the way we think about performance and spectatorship? How does it affect our pre-existing discipline categories and demand new vocabularies for creating, discussing and engaging with live performance?
I propose a session on ways to publish theatre and performance research in a digital age, exploring and brainstorming various options. This could range from the plays themselves to academic research to multi-media ebooks and archives.
I’d like to propose a session to bring together any cinema studies people who are at this THATCamp, to explore how digital humanities methods are being used and supported in the analysis of film/video. Some people refer to it as quantitative film studies or cinemetrics in projects like:
We might also look at different visualization projects:
Last year Miriam Posner and Jason Mittell led a workshop at the SCMS Conference (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) to interrogate the intersection between digital humanities and cinema/media studies (miriamposner.com/blog/?p=1239). Some of the questions posed are:
- Where do the two fields converge, and what are their differences?
- Is a digital humanist ipso facto a media scholar, or do the two fields present different criteria for entry?
- Media scholars are particularly adept at analyzing cultural representations, such as of race and gender. Might media scholars bring some of these strengths to digital humanities?
- Many media scholars are interested in issues of reception and audience studies. How might such subfields engage with digital humanities?
- What might media studies offer to digital humanities, and vice versa?
- Conversely, do the two fields possess epistemological or methodological contradictions?
- How might the growing interest in digital humanities alter the field of film and media studies?
I’d like to build off of this and turn it around into a maker session, where we compile links to projects/resources/publications (existing or ideal) that together could form a primer for cinema scholars/critics/enthusiasts/whatever to start exploring DH.
Performing arts digital archives–you’ve seen them, you’ve heard of some amazing ones, maybe you’re working on or with one now. What are the most important pieces of a performing arts digital archive? What should one look like? What can they do? What could they do?
This session invites you to imagine the ideal performing arts digital archive, and, since we’re all into performing arts, perform this archive right then and there.
We’ll spend the first half of the session hashing out the top ten most important parts of a performing arts archive. Once we’ve reached consensus, we’ll break into groups and each “play” one of these parts à la charades for the other groups to guess. Part performance, part brainstorming, part game, this session offers us a chance to concretely discuss what we want to see in digital archives for performing arts and, by putting this ideal into immediate and fleeting action, also reminds us about the ephemerality of the materials we seek to collect and archive.
This session’s Google doc notes and lists of most important parts of digital archives for performing arts