“Thank you so much for organising the digital humanities breakfast
and for inviting me. It was very useful to learn about everyone’s
projects – and the discussion at the end was very thought provoking!
…I’m looking forward to the forthcoming events!”
[Of one of the speakers] “…he got in touch to say that he'd had three
emails about it afterwards, probably more than for any conference paper
A Very Digital Breakfast!
In June we held another, great Digital Humanities Breakfast sharing ideas, projects and passions while enjoying morning coffee and pastries.
As the lightning talks progressed a common theme of communication, location and social interaction spanning the 18th to the 21st century emerged. From digital collections of 18th Century letters which draw together correspondence not previously linked; to modern day tweets which unintentionally reveal the author’s whereabouts; the parallels from the past to the present were evident. We heard how the collected, often dispersed and obscure, letters of Catharine the Great demonstrate how adept she was at stage managing her reputation through her correspondence; while today anyone with a profile and a hashtag can potentially wield the power to influence the choices of others, something that we have since witnessed during the UK referendum.
We also heard about ‘Chipmusic’, music composed on 1980’s computer consoles which has sporned the ‘Chipscene’ a global, online community which gives a unique insight into “creativity as it is experienced in the digital era” and finally the theme of creativity in the digital era was the underlying impetus for a new online publishing platform, OAR (the Oxford Artistic and Practice Based Research Platform) which aims to create an online space for practice based researchers at Oxford.
Yet again an informal, relaxed breakfast in the historic Radcliffe Humanities building has brought together a fascinating array of researchers working in different faculties, different centuries and with different research questions and aims, yet the commonalities and parallels between these digital humanities-based projects provide rich opportunity for future collaboration and ongoing discussion.
For more information on the speakers and projects please see below:
Dr Alfie Abdul Rahman (Oxford e-Research Centre) Alfie Abdul-Rahman
I Know Where You Live: Inferring Details of People's Lives by Visualizing Publicly Shared Location Data
Professor Howard Hotson (Faculty of History) Cultures of Knowledge: Networking the Republic of Letters, 1550–1750
Andrew Kahn and Kelsey Rubin-Detlev (Medieval and Modern Languages) CatCor: The Correspondence of Catharine the Great
Yin Lu (Oxford Internet Institute) Biog and the 'hashtag'
Marilou Polymeropoulou (St Peter's College) Biog and 'Chipmusic'
Naomi Vogt and Jessyca Hutchens The Oxford Artistic and Practice Based Research Platform (OAR)