Now in its fourth year, the LibLab Fellows program is an experiment in library-based learning guided by a critical consideration of just what we mean by “the digital.” Fellows engage theory and practice of digital scholarship through open lab hours and weekly discussion meetings during the fall semester.
In 2019, both our discussion and code were facilitated by Observable, including “Computational Essays” that fellows worked on during the course of the semester. You can explore some of our work along with notebooks that inspired us here.
An introduction to the terrain.
- Madrigal, Alexis C. “The Mechanics and Meaning”. The Atlantic.
- The Programing Historian: Introduction to the Bash Command Line
Week 2: Do Artifacts Have Politics?
What can things do? Considering the perspective of Science and Technology Studies.
- Winner, Langdon. “Do Artifacts Have Politics?” from The Whale and the Reactor (1986). pp. 121-128.
- Biss, Eula. “Time and Distance Overcome” from Notes from No Man’s Land (2009).
Week 3: Considering Infrastructure (with Kevin Webb)
Before we can go further into networked technologies, we ought to have a starting point – What do we mean when we say internet? We will also begin our consideration of the problems of electronic text.
- Abbate, Janet. “Government, Business, and the Making of the Internet.” The Business History Review (Spring 2001).
- Optional Star, Susan Leigh. “The Ethnography of Infrastructure.” American Behavioral Scientist 43, no. 3 (November 1, 1999): 377–91.
Week 4: The Language of Visualization
- Drucker, Johanna. “Graphical Approaches to the Digital Humanities.” A New Companion to Digital Humanities, edited by Susan Schreibman et al. (2015): 238–50.
- Daniels, Matt. “The Language of Hip Hop.” The Pudding (2017).
- Osman, Jenna. from Motion Studies. PEN Poetry Series. November 25, 2015.
- Optional D’Ignazio, Catherine and Klein, Lauren. “On Rational, Scientific, Objective Viewpoints from Mythical, Imaginary, Impossible Standpoints.” (chapter draft) In Data Feminism (MIT, 2020).
Week 5: The Economy of Attention
- Tufekci, Zeynep. “It’s the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech.” Wired, January 16, 2018..
- ———. “‘Not This One’: Social Movements, the Attention Economy, and Microcelebrity Networked Activism.” American Behavioral Scientist 57, no. 7 (July 2013): 848–70.
Week 6: On Clouds
- Tung-Hui, Hu. “Introduction.” In A Prehistory of the Cloud (2015).
- Simon, Johnny. “These Beautiful Photos Reveal the Internet Is Hiding in Plain Sight.” Quartz. October 5, 2016.
- Greer, Dave. Professional site of artist mentioned in the Quartz article.
- Donnelly, Timothy. “The Cloud Corporation.” Poetry Foundation.
Week 7: Performing Identity in Digital Environments
- D’Ignazio, Catherine and Klein, Lauren. “What Gets Counted.” (chapter draft) In Data Feminism (MIT, 2020).
- databasic.io(Explore this webapp thinking about who is responsible, who is it for, and how it compares to other related interfaces keeping in mind the reading for this week)
- Abendroth, Emily. Exclosures 1-8. Albion Books 4.3. From Eclipse Archive.
- Optional Haraway, Donna. “Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective.” Feminist Studies 14, no. 3 (1988): 575.
Week 8: Surveillance and Privacy
Is the internet listening? Is the internet listening to everybody?
- The New Organs Watch the 10 minute video and explore the landing page.
“The New Organs is a project to gather, archive and investigate the theories and realities of corporate surveillance.”
- Cyril, Malkia. “Watching the Black Body” In McSweeney’s 54:0134-0146”
- Optional Brunton, Fin & Nissenbaum, Helen. “Why is Obfuscation Necessary.” In Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest”