Hello NUDHLers! My schedule blocks me from attending the sessions this quarter, but I have been attempting to make up for my absence through occasional conversations with some of you as well as though fthis blog. I also found Ben Pauley’s visit to be particularly interesting and helpful.
Emily, thanks for jotting down some of your thoughts in preparation for tomorrow’s session. While I’m (again) not going to be there, I want to pass along to you all two brief articles that might be somewhat germane. The Chronicle of Higher Education published a piece this week that gives accounts of three graduate students working on “digital dissertations” at Emory, Stanford, and UVa. It’s important that their projects are getting some press, although the article still seems to understand their projects as exceptional in some way (at least, that’s how I see it). The link to the article is here. Another good piece on the changing nature of the dissertation that appeared in the Chronicle on the same day is here. To branch off of some of your comments then, Emily, I’m beginning to wonder about how this supposedly crowning achievement of doctoral study could/needs to change, and exactly where this priority lies in relation to other DH questions. How can/should DH make our graduate studies programs sustainable?
I realize that through my comments here I’m late in joining what I’m sure is already a rich and developed conversation this quarter. I only wanted to share these articles and to register a couple thoughts. I hope the meeting goes well tomorrow, and I’ll try to join you all in person again A.S.A.P.