A neat summary of the sort of problem that often arises in the interface between the sciences and the humanities.
By focusing simply on technology training, there is the danger that, as well as being seen as irrelevant, too difficult or simply just boring for users (academics or students), the data gets overlooked or is made to fit a ‘system’ of analysis. For example, one problem of using GIS in humanities is the issue of ‘fuzzy’ data. This isn’t just a case of the system failing to cope with fuzziness: it also betrays an underlying assumption that data can, and should be, disambiguated and clear. For humanists, however, the questions driving research are often precisely those that look to nuance or complicate the material. We like messy results. Humanists need worry less about producing an accurate and/or truthful representation and more about how maps can be used as entry points to explore the data—this is seeing maps as part of the investigative process rather than as an end in and of themselves.
From the CLASSICISTS mailing list:
Conference: New Approaches to Greek and Roman Myth
The Department of Classical Studies at The Open University warmly invites you to a one-day conference on “New Approaches to Greek and Roman Myth”. The event will be held at The Open University Regional Centre in London (Camden) on Saturday 21st January, 10am-4.30pm. Details of speakers and paper titles appear below. There will be £7 charge to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments. Booking forms and further details are available from Jessica Hughes (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Colleagues may also be interested in a new myth-related resource that the OU has recently produced – a collection of video animations and audio discussions on Greek Heroes and their representation in popular culture from ancient times to the modern day.
all best wishes,
- Anastasia Bakogianni (OU) – Electra Ancient and Modern: The Reception of the Myth in Greek Tragedy and in the Modern World
- Joanna Paul (OU) – The Half-Blood Hero: Percy Jackson and Mythmaking in the 21st Century
- Annie Ravenshill-Johnson – The Metamorphoses of Hephaistos/Vulcan
- Frances Eley (OU) – Staging Sacred Drama: Reception in Process
- Sam Newington (OU) – Greece and the Near East: Creation Myths
- Tori McKee (OU) – Reconstructing the Hippolytus myth: Euripidean Echoes in Modern Adaptations of Racine’s Phedre
- Susan Deacy (Roehampton) – How to Write a Classical Mythology Textbook
A map showing the location of The Open University London Regional Centre can be found here: http://www3.open.ac.uk/contact/maps.aspx?contactid=1
----------------------------------------------------------- Jessica Hughes Lecturer in Classical Studies The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA Website www.classicsconfidential.co.uk
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