We’re thrilled to be welcoming Dr. Amanda Visconti to campus to participate in our first Newly Composed PhD symposium, one of seven gatherings focused on rhetorical forms ranging from the dissertation to the tweet. The first symposium is described in our grant proposal as follows:
Symposium 1: The Dissertation– Participants will look at traditional dissertations across humanities disciplines and also examine an array of new digital dissertation projects that take new forms (e.g., online exhibitions, maps, graphic format) and/or take advantage of new publishing platforms.
In Dr. Visconti, creator of InfiniteUlysses, a participatory digital edition of James Joyce’s masterwork, we have the perfect inspiration for such a discussion.
Visconti’s project could just as easily provide talking points for our second symposium, focused on citational practices, and described below:
Symposium 2: The Footnote–Participants will look at the many creative roles the lowly footnote serves, both in the documentation of sources and in the expansion of thought. Participants will think about the work accomplished by this most traditional of citation forms, as they consider how new forms of digital scholarship (such as digital mapping and 3-D modeling) inspire new ways of crediting sources and directing readers to ancillary knowledge bases. This symposium will provide an opportunity to think about collaboration and teamwork more generally as participants consider how the skills required for successful scholarly citation (attention to detail, generous acknowledgment of others’ work, comprehensiveness) are transferable to other occupational settings.
Since the work of Dr. Visconti and that of our second symposium guest, Dr. Nick Sousanis (creator of the first comics dissertation), both serve as great test cases for discussing these issues, we’ll be using both symposia to discuss both the dissertation and the footnote (and citation practices more generally).
Some of the questions we’ll take up with Dr. Visconti:
What modes of citational practice did you deploy in InfiniteUlysses? In what ways did your project require new kinds of citation?
Does InfiniteUlysses get cited in scholarly work? Does this matter?
How do you drive traffic to InfiniteUlysses?
Are Digital Humanities projects changing the ways in which scholars in the humanities think about acknowledgment pages and citations?
What visual influence shaped your platform design?
Did you have inspirational DH projects that you sought to emulate?
How would your prefer your work to be cited? Have you experienced problems with people using your work without citation?
Do you have a clear sense of what is expected of you in the promotion process or of what kind of peer review process your work will encounter?