Tea Time Tinies: Tales with a Twist

While I continue to plan the future of my academic career, I find myself in need of a creative outlet. I’ve started a small Instagram project that allows for collaboration with friends and kindred spirits. It’s a wee thing, though until I manage to streamline the process, it is still very labour intensive!

The stories, whenever they sporadically appear, will be posted on the @TeaTimeTinies Instagram account.

Here’s a screenshot of the first piece. It’s called Little Brave Riding Hood and it’s about a girl who loves her maths, her Granny, and her rocket scientist mum.

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I’m especially interested in irreverent, iconoclastic, or dark (à la Edward Gorey) versions of stories. Extreme abbreviation as art form also welcome. I’m itching to do something like War and Peace in this format.

Have a story to contribute or interpret in a new way? Artwork? Let me know.

Transcription: more fun than video games

Screenshot of letter selection options on Letters of 1916 website.

I recently took part in the crowdsourced historical project, “Letters of 1916“, in which volunteers transcribe letters and documents from around the time of Ireland’s famous Easter Rising. The letters are from both institutions and private collections in Ireland and abroad. It is said to be the first public humanities project in Ireland. Continue reading “Transcription: more fun than video games”

Humanitas and Humanities in the Digital Age

A woman sits on the ground, selling fresh herbs. Above her the wall is painted with the word Electronica, but the T has gone missing.

Philosophies, analyses, opinions… these are all part of Digital Arts and Humanities. The digital would have no reason to exist without human experience to drive it. Perhaps because this seems such an obvious truth to me, I find the continual recurrence of questions about it throughout my coursework to be surprising.

Despite that, it seems that I have quite a lot to say on the subject. As part of a class on digital research skills, which included a foray into the world of transcription (edit: which now has its own blog post), we were asked four questions:

  • How does the ‘digital’ reshape traditional research skills in the Humanities? 
  • How will the digital age shape the contours of cultural and historical memory?
  • Will digital storytelling coincide or diverge with oral and print-based storytelling?
  • In the networked world we live in, what is the place of humanitas

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“so here goes…”

A nascent blogger (and classmate) expresses her feelings about joining the blogosphere.

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