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Humanist Archives: Feb. 26, 2023, 8:16 a.m. Humanist 36.408 - The Lab Book

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 408.
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        Date: 2023-02-25 11:04:02+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: in and of the lab

In my usual, slow and accidental way, I've run into a book to recommend:
Darren Werschler, Lori Emerson and Jussi Parikka, The Lab Book: Situated
Practices in Media Studies (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press,
2021). I went to it in particular for its analysis of the MIT Media Lab, but 
since labs are a central aspect of computing in the humanities, I think this 
recommendation is likely worth the candle.

It is online, at:
<> -- great for getting an
idea of it but not for reading, in my view. I prefer the paperback.

The book's case studies are of Thomas Edison's  Menlo Park Lab; the MIT
Media Lab; the Media Archaeological Fundus and Signal Laboratory
(Humboldt University); the Media Archaeological Lab (Colorado); the Home
Economics Labs and Extension on the Canadian Prairies (Manitoba); the
Black Laboratories and Agricultural Extension; the ACTLab (Austin); the
Hybrid Spaces of Experimentation and Parapsychology; and Bell Labs.

Read it tonight!


Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist

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