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Humanist Archives: Feb. 23, 2022, 6:55 a.m. Humanist 35.549 - events: the humanities and infrastructure

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 549.
        Department of Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
                      Hosted by DH-Cologne
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        Date: 2022-02-22 17:42:20+00:00
        From: Simon Dumas Primbault <simon.dumasprimbault@GMAIL.COM>
        Subject: Feb. 25, GDKI Seminar, "Humanities and Infrastructures: A Contradiction in Terms?"

Dear all,

The College of Humanities and the Laboratory for the History of 
Science and Technology are pleased to invite you to the fifth
session of Pierre Mounier’s monthly seminar on /Governing Digital 
Knowledge Infrastructures./

Fri. 25th February, 10am, EPFL room INN 128 and Online, registration
compulsory (see below)

Humanities and Infrastructures: A Contradiction in Terms?

At first sight, “humanities infrastructures” sound like a contradiction
in terms. While /humanities/ understood in their specificity as
hermeneutic practices, thrive on tension and imply reflexive debate and
dialogue, /infrastructures/, on the contrary, would rather designate
rigidly built frameworks made to be forgotten by their very users.
Rather than resolving this contradiction, what can we learn from it?

Indeed, hermeneutic and dialogical practices are well suited to lead a
humanistic critique of infrastructures. Calling on concepts and methods
from (critical) humanities, how can we make existing infrastructures
visible and highlight their effects on knowledge production?
Reciprocally, such critique could feed reflections on how to design
infrastructures for the humanities that would ensure critical thinking.
How can we conceive infrastructures that will foster humanistic tensions
by driving its users to develop a critical praxis?

To that end, drawing on our own experiences of digital knowledge
infrastructures, we will discuss and debate how the works of Johanna
Drucker on the digital humanities and Patrik Svensson on “humane
infrastructures” intersect at a point where contradiction becomes heuristic.

Fri. 25th Feb., 10-12am CET
Hybrid setup: at EPFL in room INN 128 (_please register here_
and online (email _simon.dumasprimbault@epfl.ch_
 to get the Zoom link)


   * Svensson, Patrik, “Shifting Frames: Towards Humane Infrastructures,”
     keynote for OPERAS workshop “Knowledge infrastructures and digital
     governance. History, challenges, practices.” 7-8 September 2020

   * Drucker, Johanna, “Humanistic Theory and Digital Scholarship,” in
     /Debates in the Digital Humanities/, ed. M. K. Gold, Minneapolis:
     Unniversity of Minnesota Press, 2012, pp. 85-95,

   * Drucker, Johanna and Patrik Svensson, “The Why and How of
     Middleware,” /Digital Humanities Quarterly/ 010, no 2 (19th May

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