Month: August 2013

As We May Think

Presumably man’s spirit should be elevated if he can better review his shady past and analyze more completely and objectively his present problems. He has built a civilization so complex that he needs to mechanize his records more fully if he is to push his experiment to its logical conclusion and not merely become bogged down part way there by overtaxing his limited memory. His excursions may be more enjoyable if he can reacquire the privilege of forgetting the manifold things he does not need to have immediately at hand, with some assurance that he can find them again if they prove important. The applications of science have built man a well-supplied house, and are teaching him to live healthily therein. They have enabled him to throw masses of people against one another with cruel weapons. They may yet allow him truly to encompass the great record and to grow in the wisdom of race experience. He may perish in conflict before he learns to wield that record for his true good. Yet, in the application of science to the needs and desires of man, it would seem to be a singularly unfortunate stage at which to terminate the process, or to lose hope as to the outcome.

As We May Think, Vannevar Bush, 1945 via The Atlantic

Uma Web Ópera sociológica – Paris: Cidade Invisível

Como no post anterior, neste trago um exemplo de projeto digital contendo uma narrativa (?) pouco convencional para aqueles que estão acostumados ao livro ou ao museu. A Ópera é um projeto de big data (repliquei há pouco tempo um link a respeito), criado por Bruno Latour (Text), Emilie Hermant (Photo), Patricia Reed (Screen Design). Navegação não-linear, hipertexto e hipermídia compõem seu cenário.

O “plano” que pincei abaixo é um prato cheio para a discussão de memória, patrimônio e história (último plano, do último circuito, se é que a navegabilidade da obra supõe tal ordem).

Enfim, estou apenas compartilhando esta interessante maneira de ver o invisível aí.

Para visitar esta outra Paris basta clicar aqui.

Line: Allowing | Plan: 51

Line: Allowing | Plan: 51

Making things public (online Exhibition)

Curadoria de Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel

Exibição online – Making things publicreúne artistas, filósofos, sociólogos e historiadores e trata da crise de representação na política. Através da arte!

Descrição via Bruno Latour:

The exhibition Making Things Public addresses the challenge of renewing politics by applying to it the spirit of art and science. This unusual exhibition builds on the Iconoclash exhibition (ZKM 2002), which dealt with the crisis of representation in art, whereas Making Things Public tackles the problem of representation in politics.

In this pioneering project over one hundred artists, scientists, sociologists, philosophers and historians re-explore the term ‘politics’. At a time in which many people doubt and despair of politics it is crucial that they should not be fobbed off with standard political responses to contemporary problems but that the question of what actually constitutes politics should be raised anew.

‘Digital Public Library of America’ (DPLA) e ‘Europeana’: “Leaving Europe: A new life in America”

A exibição Leaving Europe: A new life in America na guia Departure and Arrival traz um interessante documento para pensarmos a imigração e os serviços ligados a ela nos Estados Unidos da América, já no início do século XX. Hoje,  “flanando” pelo site da DPLA (recomendo a visita!), resolvi espiar a seção de exibições online da tal biblioteca digital. Em tempos de polêmicas acirradas sobre espionagem, combate ao terrorismo e nacionalismos sempre em alta, o documento abaixo, de 1915, provoca reflexões da ordem do dia:

Destaco o trecho conclusivo abaixo:

(1) CHAIRMAN LAWLER: It is the unanimous opinion of this Board that you be excluded and ordered deported as a person likely to become a public charge. If deported it will be at the expense of the steamship company which brought you.From this decision you have the right of appeal to the Secretary of Labor at Washington D.C., which appeal will cost you nothing. Do you wish to appeal?

(2) APPLICANT: Yes.

(1) In case the Secretary of Labor decides to land you under bond you would be able and willing to furnish such a bond?

(2) I have no money to furnish such a bond.

A imigração para os EUA no início do século XX não era muito menos tensa do que hoje… Claro, o avanço tecnológico e o refino dos serviços de inteligência no setor de segurança incrementaram a burocracia e reforçaram as barreiras, mas a meticulosidade do processo em muito se assemelha a de hoje, quase um século depois.

Todos que já precisaram solicitar um visto para o país devem saber que os questionários não são nada menores hoje em dia.

Call for proposals / Chamada para trabalhos – Federação Internacional de História Pública

Abaixo circulo a chamada para trabalhos da Federação Internacional de História Pública: “História Pública em um mundo digital: a revolução reconsiderada” 

Vamos?

Deadline: 31 jan. 2014

Amsterdam 2014

International Federation for Public History Conference

Public History in a Digital World: The Revolution Reconsidered

Amsterdam, Thursday 23 October 2014 – Sat 25 October 2014

FIRST CALL for PROPOSALS

Historical sources and narratives about the past infiltrate every corner of the web, from home-made digital media to online exhibitions, across social networks and in virtual museums. Digital tools have become essential for publics who preserve, present, discuss, and dispute history, and they will play a major role in the commemoration of the anniversary of WWI beginning in 2014. The possibilities of the digital world seem almost unlimited: never before have massive collections of a wide variety of historical materials been so accessible for  large audiences across national and cultural borders. What’s more, new genres such as blogs and  virtual discussion boards have expanded the public possibilities of history online – for co-creating historical narratives as well as for communicating about the past with various audiences.

Given all this, the digital turn should be especially significant for public historians, but have expectations been matched by activities? After two decades of digital revolution it is time to critically consider what digital media brings to Public History, and where Public History is headed in a digital world. This international conference, organized by the International Federation for Public History, will bring together experts, novices, and experimenters from all over the world to share insights, questions, and practices concerning the impact of the digital world on the theory and practice of Public History. Issues to consider include:

  • How revolutionary is the digital turn for the research and practice of Public History?
  • How are digital innovations changing Public History practices?
  • Are public historians critical enough towards the shortcomings of digital practices?
  • What “cool stuff” from the digital toolbox adds value to PH projects, teaching activities, etc?
  • Which digital strategies do not live up to the hype, and why?
  • Which audiences are public historians reaching and excluding with digital practices?
  • How are audiences involved and engaged through digital practices?
  • How are historical narratives changing under the influence of digital media and the internet?
  • How can digital Public History generate or inspire new ways of interacting with the public?
  • How does digital Public History relate to older forms and traditions of Public History?
  • What can we learn from a critical analysis of Digital Public History?

Possible ideas for sessions include:

  • Audiences and involvement: Who are public historians reaching, and excluding, with digital public history?
  • Authorship and authority: Who is representing history on the web?
  • Narratives and storytelling: Which pasts are(n’t) public historians telling on the web?
  • Integration: How do digital and analogue Public History relate?
  • Practices: How is the past presented in the digital realm?
  • Didactics: How do we teach digital Public History?
  • Analogue Public History: What is done best without the digital?
  • Communication: How can digital history 2.0 and Social Media foster the diffusion of Public history ?

We welcome submissions from all areas, including public historians working in museums, archives, education, heritage management, consulting and public service, as well as newcomers to the field of Public History. Apart from individual papers and proposals for panel sessions, we encourage workshop proposals as well as poster or media presentations. The emphasis should be on critical analysis, not show and tell – submissions that investigate both the limits of public history in a digital world, as well as its opportunities, are especially welcomed.

250 word proposals are due by: January 31 2014 to ifphamsterdam2014@gmail.com

Local Committee :

  • Dr. Paul Knevel, Assistant Professor of History & Coordinator, MA in Public History, University of Amsterdam
  • Dr. Manon Parry, Assistant Professor of Public History, University of Amsterdam
  • Prof. dr. Kees Ribbens, Senior Researcher, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Dr. Serge Noiret, President, International Federation for Public History

Program Committee:

  • Fien Danniau/Prof.Dr. Bruno de Wever,  Instituut voor Publieksgeschiedenis, University of Ghent, Belgium
  • Dr. Jean-Pierre Morin, International Federation for Public History, Canada
  • Dr. Manon Parry, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Hinke Piersma, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Netherlands
  • Prof.Dr. Constance B. Schulz, University of South Carolina, USA
    Dr. Christine Gundermann/ Dr. Irmgard Zündorf, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Announcing a live-writing project: the Historian’s Macroscope, an approach to big digital history

Waiting for September’s news on http://www.themacroscope.org/

I’ve just signed a book contract today with Imperial College Press; it’s winging its way to London as I type. I’m writing the book with the fantastically talented Ian Milligan and Scott Weingart. (Indeed, I sometimes feel the weakest link – goodbye!).

It seems strangely appropriate, given the twitter/blog furor over the AHA’s statement recommendation to graduate students that they embargo their dissertations online, for fear of harming their eventual monograph-from-dissertation chances. We were approached by ICP to write this book largely on the strength of our blog posts, social media presence, and key articles, many of which come from our respective dissertations. The book will be targeted at senior/advanced undergrads for the most part, as a way of unpeeling the tacit knowledge around the practice of digital history. In essence, we can’t all be part of, or initiate, fantastic multi-investigator projects like ChartEx or Old Bailey…

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#Cartoon @Operamundi – Italian Minister @ckyenge: “I don’t believe in giving up”

“Cheguei sozinha à Itália com 18 anos. Não acredito em desistir diante dos obstáculos”, disse ministra de origem congolesa

via Operamundi/Latuff Cartoons.

Latuff Cartoons

“I arrived in Italy alone at 18 years old, and I don’t believe in giving up in front of obstacles”

Cécile Kyenge, Italy’s first black minister, targeted with bananas

Original article in Portuguese http://operamundi.uol.com.br/conteudo/opiniao/30316/cecile+kyenge+pisa+no+racismo+italiano+.shtml

(Click to enlarge)

Cecile Kyenge Italian Minister

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