Reflecting on the Networked Humanities Conference at UK

Some impressions, notes, and takeaways from the high throttle, enlightening  Networked Humanities conference hosted by Jeff Rice and Jenny Rice at the University of Kentucky.  Thanks especially to my colleague Jana Rosinski and project adviser Derek Mueller for great conversation and even better presentations.

Time well spent, and far too much to capture in a single blog post.

Also: an abridged reading list below that I stitched together from conference presentations and conversations.

From “Networked Humanities Scholarship, or the Life of Kairos,” Cheryl Ball, Illinois State University and Douglas Eyman, George Mason University

  • Scholarship as doing; what is made, beyond a critical/analytical artifact, when putting together a project? How can the design of a work do scholarship?  

From “Reading in Slow Motion: Thinking With the Network” Jillian Sayre and James J. Brown, Jr., University of Wisconsin

  • What are the affordances of slow reading in my own work?  I’m using distant reading techniques in a project now; can/should I make moves toward slow reading techniques?

From “Developing a Digital Archive for Research in and beyond the University,” Katherine Bridgman, Stephen McElory, and
Michael Neal, Florida State University

  • There is a difference between the good eye and the curious eye

From “Networked Disciplines: Convergences of Communication and Composition,” Pat Gehrke and Byron Hawk, University of South Carolina

  • Move from historians to networkers; networks highlight edges and movements
  • Spheres are local, fragile, complex environments that exist within networks

From “The N-Visible College: Trading in our Citations for RTs,” Collin Gifford Brooke, Syracuse University

  • Shine light on networks; make the invisible visible
  • Decoupled journal models as alternative to stovepipe, hierarchical models

From “Nonhuman Networks: Latour and Beyond,” Levi Bryant, Collin College and Jamie Sky Bianco, University of Pittsburgh

  • The knife edge of the present (Bryant)
  • Representation can not give any re-presentation (Bryant)
  • In ooo, parliament is a form that makes things public (Bryant)
  • Using the body to know (Bianco)
  • Reclaim garbage as aesthetic (Bianco)

From “Mapping the Humanities: Place, Big Data, and the Geocoded World,” Jenny Rice, Matthew Zook, Matt Wilson, Jeremy Crampton, and Stephen Davis, University of Kentucky

  • What do places want from writing?
  • Inventories and descriptions of space can generate discourse, but cannot generate an experience of space

Abridged Reading List

Bennett, Jane.  Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things.

Brooke, Collin G.  “Discipline and Publish: Reading and Writing the Scholarly Networks.”

Cyphert, Dale.  “Learning to “Yo!”: Synchronicity and Rhythm in the Creation of a Public Sphere.”

Latour, Bruno.  The Modes of Existance Project

Luhmann, Niklas.  Social Systems.

McCullough, Malcolm.  Ambient Commons.

Stewart, Kathleen.  Ordinary Affects. 

Phelps, Louise W.  Composition As a Human Science: Contributions to the Self-Understanding of a Discipline.

Rice, Jeff.  “Networked Assessment.”

Ulmer, Gregory.  Heuretics: The Logic of Invention

Wilder, Colin.  The Republic of Literature.


4 thoughts on “Reflecting on the Networked Humanities Conference at UK

  1. Your conference reflection (and what an afterglow!) has me wondering: What connections do you see between slow reading and distant reading? Something I’m wondering/wandering about too post-conference is our use of “visibility” and “making visible” and “seeing” vs. “looking” – what do these look like? It makes me think of the selection we read from Elkins’ “The Object Stares Back”; what do you see?

    1. I had similar thoughts through the conference. I’m rereading Moretti now, and am struck (again) by the attention given to DR’s products afford a lens to look through to see what might not have been visible by other means. Slow reading, it seems to me, is partly about slow looking — turning the thing over in my hands, catching glints of light here and there, looking, looking, and looking some more before I even attempt to see–or, rather, until what is seen becomes emergent like the image in an autostereogram.

  2. Good to meet you at #nhuk, Joe, and thanks for this–it’s interesting to see your takeaway networked across the conference. I wanted to make sure you got a copy of my chapter–if not, just drop me a quick note, and I’ll pass it along…


    1. It was a pleasure to meet you, too, Collin. Much taken in from #nhuk and the chats beyond the presentations. I did get a copy of your chapter, many thanks–look forward to blogging notes from it soon.

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