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Feminist in a software lab: difference + design

By: McPherson, Tara.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: metaLABprojects. Publisher: Cambridge Harvard University Press 2018Description: 276 p.: col. ill. Includes bibliography.ISBN: 9780674728943.Subject(s): Scholarly electronic publishing | Computer software - Development | Digital humanitiesDDC classification: 001.30285 Summary: For over a dozen years, the Vectors Lab has experimented with a digital scholarship through its online publication, Vectors, and Scalar, a multimedia authoring platform. The history of this software lab intersects a much longer tale about computation in the humanities, as well as tensions about the role of theory in related projects. Tara McPherson considers debates around the role of cultural theory within the digital humanities and addresses Gary Hall’s claim that the goals of critical theory and of the quantitative or computational analysis may be irreconcilable (or at the very least require “far more time and care”). She then asks what it might mean to design- from conception- digital tools and applications that emerge from contextual concerns of cultural theory and, in particular, from a feminist concern for the difference. This path leads back to the Vectors Lab and its ongoing efforts at the intersection of theory and praxis. https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674728943
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Table of contents

A Visual Introduction
Preface: Opening Vectors
How to Read This Book
1. Designing for Difference
Into the Fray
Modularity at Midcentury: Thinking Race + UNIX
Situating UNIX
Modularity in the Social Field + the Database
Moving beyond Our Boxes + Mapping Materialisms
Window 1. Introducing Vectors
2. Assembling Scholarship: From Vectors to Scalar
On Process
Window 2. The Look + Feel of Vectors
Window 3. Making “Stolen Time”
Reimaging Content and Form
Window 4. Various Vectors
Scaling Vectors
Window 5. The Scalar Feature Set and Showcase
Outro: Scholarship in the Wild
Appendix: Guidelines for Evaluating Digital Scholarship
Endnotes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Credits

For over a dozen years, the Vectors Lab has experimented with a digital scholarship through its online publication, Vectors, and Scalar, a multimedia authoring platform. The history of this software lab intersects a much longer tale about computation in the humanities, as well as tensions about the role of theory in related projects.
Tara McPherson considers debates around the role of cultural theory within the digital humanities and addresses Gary Hall’s claim that the goals of critical theory and of the quantitative or computational analysis may be irreconcilable (or at the very least require “far more time and care”). She then asks what it might mean to design- from conception- digital tools and applications that emerge from contextual concerns of cultural theory and, in particular, from a feminist concern for the difference. This path leads back to the Vectors Lab and its ongoing efforts at the intersection of theory and praxis.

https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674728943

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