I’m looking forward to taking part this coming week in two events on digital technologies, pedagogy, and archiving. Thanks to both Fordham and the Bard Grad Center for the kind invitations!
First! On Tuesday, April 2, from 5:30 to 8:30pm at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus, we’ve got Making, Playing, Knowing: New Designs for Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age [for logistics, see the Fordham DH website]. Participants include:
Ann Pendleton‐Jullian is an architect, writer, and educator of international standing whose work explores the interchange between architecture, landscape, culture, science, and technology. She has served as the Walter H. Kidd Professor and former Director of the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University. From 1993‐2007, she was a tenured professor of architecture at MIT and Associate Head of the Department for three of those years. Pendleton-Jullian is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Design at Georgetown University’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship. Her 2009 Tedx-Columbus talk considers the relationship between making, playing and knowing.
Kimon Keramidas is Assistant Director for the Digital Media Lab and Adjunct Instructor at the Bard Graduate Center. Kimon also teaches courses in interface design, the material culture of media, digital media in the museum, and the history of scenic design. In addition to his work at the BGC, Kimon is Director of Digital Initiatives at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, where he oversees new initiatives in the integration of digital media in support of the center’s programs and developing and maintaining MESTC’s web presence across a number of sites. He is also a founding member of the The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.
And then there’s me, of course.
Then! On Friday, April 5, from 9am to 5pm at the Bard Graduate Center on 86th Street, we’ve got the Digital/Pedagogy/Material/Archives conference [for logistics, see the BGC website]. Here’s what we’re gathering to discuss:
As the digital era influences the academic realm more and more profoundly, the possibilities and pursuant complexities of new technologies in the classroom create a compelling yet equally vexing environment. Perhaps one of the most challenging questions concerns what to do with the array of digital projects and materials being produced by students and faculty. Whereas in the past paper—both as a medium and as a format for research output—defined the processes of storage and archiving of this scholarly work, the wide variety of output formats generated by the tools and platforms of the digital age create a much more heterogeneous and difficult-to-manage collection of works. This condition is particularly true with regard to the study of material culture, as objects in the material world tend to suffer from a loss of resolution and fidelity when converted to the digital medium, exacerbating the questions of conservation and preservation that are critical to archival practice. With the aim of better preparing the Bard Graduate Center for the development of its own archive of student and faculty work, this conference aims to examine how digital pedagogues currently consider questions of preservation and archiving, and to reimagine what resources, practices, and structures would be deemed necessary to develop an ideal archive of digital pedagogical materials.
Presenters include Kimon Keramidas (Bard Graduate Center); Micki McGee (Sociology, Fordham University); Trevor Owens (National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, Library of Congress); Ethan Watrall (Anthropology and MATRIX Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online, Michigan State University); Catherine Whalen (Bard Graduate Center). Oh, and me.
Maybe you’ll come?