[Humanist] 25.344 3 publications: sustainability; Tower & Cloud; ancient mss

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Mon Oct 3 07:37:25 CEST 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 344.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Claire Clivaz <claire.clivaz at bluewin.ch>                  (10)
        Subject: «From Ancient Manuscripts to the Digital Era»

  [2]   From:    James Cronin <jgrcronin at gmail.com>                        (59)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 25.343 The Tower and the Cloud

  [3]   From:    Luis Gutierrez <luisgutierrez at peoplepc.com>               (65)
        Subject: Mother Pelican Vol. 7 No. 10 October 2011

        Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2011 09:45:01 +0200
        From: Claire Clivaz <claire.clivaz at bluewin.ch>
        Subject: «From Ancient Manuscripts to the Digital Era»

Dear List,

You can find online 13 movies of the plenary lectures of the Swiss meeting «From Ancient Manuscripts to the Digital Era»:


Lectures by: Philippe Moreillon (CH), Claire Clivaz (CH), Christian Vandendorpe (CA), Frédéric Kaplan (CH), Philippe Kaennel (CH), Holt Parker (US), Leonard Muellner and Mary Ebbott (US), David Parker (UK), David Bouvier (CH), David Hamidovic (CH), Peter Haber (CH), Jean-Yves Mollier (F).

A public debate on «What will come after the book?» concludes the series.

Some powerpoints of the contributions are available here:

The proceedings will be published in an extensive digital version, with some articles also available in a small paper book, next year.

All the best,

Claire Clivaz

        Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2011 10:09:02 +0100
        From: James Cronin <jgrcronin at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 25.343 The Tower and the Cloud
        In-Reply-To: <20111002073619.F0EF719742B at woodward.joyent.us>

Dear Willard,

You might be interested to know that Katz's text has been discussed in
SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) literature. In the tower
and the cloud, Richard Katz examines how higher education institutions
(the tower) may interoperate with evolving network-based business and
social paradigms (the cloud). His metaphor evocatively expresses the
symbiotic aspirations of new knowledge paradigms within the context of
an evolving semantic web of collective information exchange where
educational and cultural memory institutions are no longer exclusively
sole generators and disseminators of knowledge. I attach a link to a
paper, published last year, "Beyond Wikipedia and Google: Web-based
literacies and student learning" see
http://cora.ucc.ie/handle/10468/264. Here, I briefly discuss the tower
and cloud metaphor within the broader context of questions concerning
knowledge making and online information exchange as viewed through a
SoTL lens.

Katz’s paradigm resonates with current SoTL – and Digital Humanities
-- interest in the topic of Prosumption (content user as content
producer); an interesting example of this is the “Student as Producer”
project http://studentasproducer.lincoln.ac.uk/ at the University of
Lincoln, UK.


James G.R. Cronin,
University College Cork

        Date: Sun, 02 Oct 2011 23:35:08 -0400
        From: Luis Gutierrez <luisgutierrez at peoplepc.com>
        Subject: Mother Pelican Vol. 7 No. 10 October 2011
        In-Reply-To: <20111002073619.F0EF719742B at woodward.joyent.us>

Greetings ... just to let you know about the current issue ...

Theme - *Gender Balance for Solidarity and Sustainability*
Mother Pelican: A Journal of Sustainable Human Development


It is proposed that gender balance - deeply internalized, not merely a 
matter of numbers - will be a source of "new energy" to overcome the 
masculinist culture of violence and domination. Gender balance can help 
individuals and nations to start considering both self-interest and the 
common good. "We have a special responsibility to the ecosystem of this 
planet. In making sure that other species survive we will be ensuring 
the survival of our own." Wangari Maathai, Kenya (+ 26 September 2011)

Gender balance at all levels of responsibility and authority can pave 
the way for a sensible transition from consumerism to sustainability. It 
can make possible the exploration of new initiatives such as 
transferring tax burdens from earned income to financial speculation, 
natural resource usage, and environmental degradation; declaring some 
form of debt jubilee and/or creating debt-free money by central and 
regional banks; enhancing distributive justice via a democratically set 
level of universal guaranteed personal income; balancing globalization 
with financial and monetary localization via local currencies and/or 
exchange trading systems; adopting business practices such as the triple 
bottom line; working out the economic and technological issues that must 
be resolved in order to migrate from fossil fuels to clean energy; 
consolidating democracy by firm adherence to the wise principles of 
solidarity, subsidiarity, and sustainability; and giving top priority to 
sustainable human development rather than unsustainable resource 
exploitation and wealth accumulation.

So there is no lack of reasonable ideas about ways to manage the 
transition, but political will is utterly lacking; and political will 
cannot possibly emerge as long as masculinist patriarchy remains 
normative. The transition from consumerism to sustainability has already 
started, even though it remains invisible for many. But attaining gender 
balance in human affairs, and the process toward energy balance and 
ecological sustainability, will reinforce each other in many significant 
and mutually beneficial ways. Gender balance is the catalyst that will 
brake the current impasse and get the process going. Since the 
"patriarchs" will seldom pour the catalyst down from the top, it must 
gently percolate upwards from the grassroots: individual citizens, 
families, groups, and local communities.


Editorial Essay ~ Gender Balance for Solidarity and Sustainability
Five Axioms of Sustainability, by Richard Heinberg
Will economic collapse save us from climate catastrophe?, by Dan Allen
The global prisoners' dilemma of unsustainability, by David Lempert
Population, Consumption, and Reproductive Health, by Victoria Markham
Economic Development Leaving Millions Behind, by Kanya D'Almeida
 From King Coal to Carbon Tax, by Paul Sabin
The Masculinity Conspiracy - Part 1, by Joseph Gelfer
Land Rehabilitation in Burkina Faso , by Pauline Buffle and Chris Reij
A Proposal to Hasten a Global Paradigm Shift, by Judith Hand

Supplement 1: Advances in Sustainable Development
Supplement 2: Directory of Sustainable Development Resources
Supplement 3: Strategies for the Transition to Clean Energy
Supplement 4: Tactics for the Transition to Clean Energy
Supplement 5: Status of Gender Equality in Society
Supplement 6: Status of Gender Equality in Religion

Please forward this notice to friends and colleagues who might be 


Luis T. Gutiérrez, PhD, PE
The Pelican Web of Solidarity and Sustainability
Mother Pelican: A Journal of Sustainable Human Development

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