[Humanist] 25.17 publications: GIS; Fluxus Reader

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat May 14 07:24:45 CEST 2011

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 17.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>           (7)
        Subject: Fluxus Reader online

  [2]   From:    Shawn Day <day.shawn at GMAIL.COM>                           (16)
        Subject: Irish Initiatives in Digital Humanities and GIS

        Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 08:53:43 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: Fluxus Reader online

Dear colleagues,

Some here will be very glad for the online publication of The Fluxus 
Reader, edited by Ken Friedman (Swinburne School of Design), at 
http://hdl.handle.net/1959.3/42234. For a description of Fluxus see the 
Wikipedia entry.


        Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 08:02:14 +0100
        From: Shawn Day <day.shawn at GMAIL.COM>
        Subject: Irish Initiatives in Digital Humanities and GIS

This recently published article may be of interest to those involved in the application of spatial methodologies to literary studies:

Abstract Machine – Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for literary and cultural studies: ‘Mapping Kavanagh’

Charles Travis, Research Associate, Trinity Long Room Hub

International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing. Volume 4, Page 17-37

Drawing upon previous theoretical and practical work in historical and qualitative applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), this paper, in Giles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's terminology, conceptualizes GIS as ‘an abstract machine’ which plays a ‘piloting role’ which does not ‘function to represent’ something real, but rather ‘constructs a real which is yet to come.’ To illustrate this digital humanities mapping methodology, the essay examines Irish writer Patrick Kavanagh's novel The Green Fool (1938) and epic poem The Great Hunger (1942) and their respective contrasting topophilic and topophobic renderings of landscape, identity and sense of place under the lens M.M. Bakhtin's ‘Historical Poetics’ (chronotope) to illuminate GIS's ability to engage in spatio-discursive visualization and analysis. The conceptualizations and practices discussed in this paper reconsider GIS software/hardware/techniques as a means to engage subjects of concern to literary and cultural studies commensurate with the recent strong interest in the geographical and spatial dimensions of these cognate areas.

For Access to Journal Article:


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