Making Things and Drawing Boundaries

Making Things and Drawing Boundaries

Experiments in the Digital Humanities

Edited by Jentery Sayers

A major new look at why art, digitization, and design are vital to “making” in the humanities

448 Pages, 7 x 10 in



Making Things and Drawing Boundaries

Experiments in the Digital Humanities

Series: Debates in the Digital Humanities

Edited by Jentery Sayers

ISBN: 9781517902858

Publication date: January 15th, 2018

448 Pages

35 black and white illustrations

10 x 7

"Sayers is to be commended for giving space to queer and feminist makers, who are often overlooked in favor of discussions on technological innovations. The essays on the interplay of craft and circuitry highlight how academic institutions need to look beyond monograph and journal publication as keystones to academic careers. This is required reading for those interested in digital humanities and in the intersection of maker culture and academics."—CHOICE

In Making Things and Drawing Boundaries, critical theory and cultural practice meet creativity, collaboration, and experimentation with physical materials as never before. Foregrounding the interdisciplinary character of experimental methods and hands-on research, this collection asks what it means to “make” things in the humanities. How is humanities research manifested in hand and on screen alongside the essay and monograph? And, importantly, how does experimentation with physical materials correspond with social justice and responsibility? Comprising almost forty chapters from ninety practitioners across twenty disciplines, Making Things and Drawing Boundaries speaks directly and extensively to how humanities research engages a growing interest in “maker” culture, however “making” may be defined.

Contributors: Erin R. Anderson; Joanne Bernardi; Yana Boeva; Jeremy Boggs; Duncan A. Buell; Amy Burek; Trisha N. Campbell; Debbie Chachra; Beth Compton; Heidi Rae Cooley; Nora Dimmock; Devon Elliott; Bill Endres; Katherine Faull; Alexander Flamenco; Emily Alden Foster; Sarah Fox; Chelsea A. M. Gardner; Susan Garfinkel; Lee Hannigan; Sara Hendren; Ryan Hunt; John Hunter; Diane Jakacki; Janelle Jenstad; Edward Jones-Imhotep; Julie Thompson Klein; Aaron D. Knochel; J. K. Purdom Lindblad; Kim Martin; Gwynaeth McIntyre; Aurelio Meza; Shezan Muhammedi; Angel David Nieves; Marcel O’Gorman; Amy Papaelias; Matt Ratto; Isaac Record; Jennifer Reed; Gabby Resch; Jennifer Roberts-Smith; Melissa Rogers; Daniela K. Rosner; Stan Ruecker; Roxanne Shirazi; James Smithies; P. P. Sneha; Lisa M. Snyder; Kaitlyn Solberg; Dan Southwick; David Staley; Elaine Sullivan; Joseph Takeda; Ezra Teboul; William J. Turkel; Lisa Tweten.

Jentery Sayers is associate professor of English at the University of Victoria.


Introduction: “I Don’t Know All the Circuitry”

Jentery Sayers

Part I. Making and the Humanities

1. The Boundary Work of Making in Digital Humanities

Julie Thompson Klein

2. On the “Maker Turn” in the Humanities

David Staley

3. Vibrant Lives presents The Living Net

4. A Literacy of Building: Making in the Digital Humanities

Bill Endres

5. MashBOT

6. Making Humanities in the Digital: Embodiment and Framing in Bichitra and

P. P. Sneha

Part II. Made by Whom? For Whom?

7. Making the RA Matter: Pedagogy, Interface, and Practices

Janelle Jenstad and Joseph Takeda

8. Reproducing the Academy: Librarians and the Question of Service in the Digital Humanities

Roxanne Shirazi

9. Looks Like We Made It, But Are We Sustaining Digital Scholarship?

Chelsea A. M. Gardner, Gwynaeth McIntyre, Kaitlyn Solberg, and Lisa Tweten

10. Full Stack DH: Building a Virtual Research Environment on a Raspberry Pi

James Smithies

11. Mic Jammer

12. The Making of a Digital Humanities Neo-Luddite

Marcel O’Gorman

13. Made: Technology on Affluent Leisure Time

14. Reifying the Maker as Humanist

John Hunter, Katherine Faull, and Diane Jakacki

15. All Technology Is Assistive: Six Design Rules on Disability

Sara Hendren

Part III. Making as Inquiry

16. Thinking as Handwork: Critical Making with Humanistic Concerns

Gabby Resch, Dan Southwick, Isaac Record, and Matt Ratto

17. Bibliocircuitry and the Design of the Alien Everyday, 2012–2013

18. Doing History by Reverse Engineering Electronic Devices

Yana Boeva, Devon Elliott, Edward Jones-Imhotep, Shezan Muhammedi, and William J. Turkel

19. Electronic Music Hardware and Open Design Methodologies for Postoptimal Objects

Ezra Teboul

20. Glitch Console

21. Creative Curating: The Digital Archive as Argument

Joanne Bernardi and Nora Dimmock

22. Reading Series Matter: Performing the SpokenWeb Project

Alexander Flamenco, Lee Hannigan, and Aurelio Meza

23. Loss Sets

24. Dialogic Objects in the Age of 3D Printing: The Case of the Lincoln Life Mask

Susan Garfinkel

Part IV. Making Spaces and Interfaces

25. Feminist Hackerspaces: Hacking Culture, Not Devices (the zine!)

Amy Burek, Emily Alden Foster, Sarah Fox, and Daniela K. Rosner

26. Fashioning Circuits, 2011–Present

27. Making Queer Feminisms Matter: A Transdisciplinary Makerspace for the Rest of Us

Melissa Rogers

28. Movable Party

29. Disrupting Dichotomies: Mobilizing Digital Humanities with the MakerBus

Kim Martin, Beth Compton, and Ryan Hunt

30. Designs for Foraging: Fruit Are Heavy, 2015–2016

31. Experience Design for the Humanities: Activating Multiple Interpretations

Stan Ruecker and Jennifer Roberts-Smith

32. AIDS Quilt Touch: Virtual Quilt Browser

33. Building Humanities Software That Matters: The Case of Ward One Mobile App

Heidi Rae Cooley and Duncan A. Buell

34. Placeable: A Social Practice for Place-Based Learning and Co-design Paradigms

Aaron D. Knochel and Amy Papaelias

35. Making the Model: Scholarship and Rhetoric in 3D Historical Reconstructions

Elaine Sullivan, Angel David Nieves, and Lisa M. Snyder

Part V. Making, Justice, Ethics

36. Beyond Making

Debbie Chachra

37. Making It Matter

Jeremy Boggs, Jennifer Reed, and J. K. Purdom Lindblad

38. Ethics in the Making

Erin R. Anderson and Trisha N. Campbell