[Humanist] 26.51 immersive technologies; #Altac reflections

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed May 30 22:11:16 CEST 2012


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  [1]   From:    Peterjenkins <peterjenkins at rogers.com>                    (56)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 26.48 immersive technologies in the
                humanities?

  [2]   From:    Jennifer Edmond <edmondj at tcd.ie>                          (77)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 26.49 #Altac reflections


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        Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 16:55:28 -0400
        From: Peterjenkins <peterjenkins at rogers.com>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 26.48 immersive technologies in the humanities?
        In-Reply-To: <20120529204028.1463C2827B7 at woodward.joyent.us>

Hi Willard:

You should probably check out the work of Ted Castronova at Indiana U. Here is a link to an article about his efforts to design an immersive virtual world to test out various economic theories.

http://www.technologyreview.com/web/19817/

Best regards,

Peter Jenkins, PhD

Sent from my iPhone

On 2012-05-29, at 16:40, Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk> wrote:

>                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 48.
>           Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
>                      www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist
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> 
> 
> 
>       Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 06:38:42 +1000
>       From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
>       Subject: immersive technologies in humanities research?
> 
> Does anyone here know of research into the use of immersive technologies 
> in the construction of research environments for the humanities or 
> social sciences? I am particularly interested in demands that specific 
> humanities research would have, or has had, on the technologies involved.
> 
> For the sense of "immersive" that I am using here, see 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immersion_(virtual_reality). This article 
> states that immersive VR is "a hypothetical future technology", but at 
> least one research project at the University of Western Sydney, the Uruk 
> Project, http://www-staff.it.uts.edu.au/~anton/Research/Uruk_Project/, 
> would appear to qualify as being in the here-and-now.
> 
> I'd also be very interested in assessments of the potential for the 
> humanities and social sciences. Note that I am *not* asking about 
> non-immersive VR, which would seem to me on the wrong side of a crucial 
> threshold. How could VR live up to the name if the technology isn't 
> sufficient to push you over that threshold? But others here will know 
> far more about these matters than I do, so please comment.
> 
> Comments?
> 
> Yours,
> WM
> -- 
> Willard McCarty, FRAI / Professor of Humanities Computing & Director of
> the Doctoral Programme, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
> London; Professor, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics,
> University of Western Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
> (www.isr-journal.org); Editor, Humanist
> (www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/



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        Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 10:54:27 +0100
        From: Jennifer Edmond <edmondj at tcd.ie>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 26.49 #Altac reflections
        In-Reply-To: <20120529204114.68D9A28284C at woodward.joyent.us>


As someone who has been alt-ac for most of her career (having left a tenure
track academic job), I find Dr Whitson's attitude of having 'betrayed' the
alt-ac 'movement' the worst part of his reflections.  I have no problems
with the idea of mobility between academic and alt tracks.  Indeed, of the
3 assistants I have mentored over the past 6 years, one has gone into
public service, one into an academic role and one into a senior library
position.  These are all great outcomes, as in each case the alt-ac
experience allowed the people in question to reflect on what they wanted
from a career and gain a bit of context for their work.  What we do need,
however, is to weaken the divide between the 'alt' and the 'non-alt' within
the university crucibles for all of these careers.  Until institutions stop
managing people either as serfs or as celestial beings on a cloud of
'academic freedom', and nothing in between, alt-ac will remain precarious,
at times demeaning, and only for the brave/foolhardy or unlucky.  Academic
staff who can see administrators as their equal, and in some productive
ways their betters, are what we all need most - may Dr Whitson stay true to
his commitment to become one.

Dr Jennifer Edmond
Trinity College, Dublin

(former Executive Director, Trinity Long Room Hub
former Research Strategy Officer, Trinity College Dublin
former Humanities Technology Officer, University of Nottingham
former Assistant Professor of German, Centre College)

On Tue, May 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM, Humanist Discussion Group <
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk> wrote:

>                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 49.
>            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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>
>
>        Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 06:13:24 +1000
>        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
>        Subject: #Altac reflections
>
> Many here will, I expect, take an interest in Roger T. Whitson's article
> in The Chronicle of Higher Education for 29 May, "#Altac and the Tenure
> Track", in which among other things he recounts his experiences in the
> Digital Scholarship Commons at Emory University. See
>
> http://chronicle.com/article/Altacthe-Tenure-Track/131935/?sid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en
> .
>
> Comments?
>
> Yours,
> WM
> --
> Willard McCarty, FRAI / Professor of Humanities Computing & Director of
> the Doctoral Programme, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
> London; Professor, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics,
> University of Western Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
> (www.isr-journal.org); Editor, Humanist
> (www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

-- 
Dr Jennifer Edmond
Trinity Long Room Hub
Trinity College Dublin
Ireland

Phone: +353 1 896 4224

*http://www.tcd.ie/longroomhub
*
Trinity Long Room Hub is the Trinity College Dublin Arts and Humanities
Research Institute.





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