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Syllabus

January 28: Introduction

Scalar demo: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 11:45, 7 East 12th: LL27

Feb. 4: Practices for Making and Care of Self

– Michel Foucault, Care of the Self (“Cultivation of the Self”)
– Mimi Zeiger, “The Interventionist’s Toolkit,” Places (2011)
– Garnet Hertz, “Critical Making” [scroll to bottom for video on the maker movement, starting around 8:30]
– Jonathan Beller, “Paying Attention,” Cabinet (Winter 2006-7)
– Bernard Stiegler, “Relational Ecology and the Digital Pharmakon,” Culture Machine (2012)
– Anya Kamenetz, DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education [Resource Guide for a DIY Education]
– Recommended: Melissa Gregg, “GTD, lifehacking and the order of things” | The Maker Map

February 11: Intellectual history of the modern university: vocation, profession, discipline

– Bill Readings, The University in Ruins [excerpts]
– John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University (1852-78) [excerpts]
– William James, “The Ph.D. Octopus” (1903), from Memories and Studies
Immanuel Kant, The Conflict of the Faculties (1798) [excerpts]
– Graff and Warner, A Documentary History of Literary Studies [excerpts]
– Mark C. Taylor, “End of the University as We Know It,” NY Times (April 26, 2009)
–!> Historical artifact for Scalar

Scalar demo: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 12:40-1:10, 7 East 12th: LL27

Feb. 14, 6.15-8.00 pm, 300 Silver Center: Russell Berman, Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies, Stanford University
Title: “For a Sustainable Humanities Culture: Reforming Doctoral Education”

February 18: Conversation on Method {reschedule}

– Thomas Augst, “Faith In Reading: Libraries and the Civil Religion,” in Institutions of Reading: The Social Life of Libraries in the United States
Shannon Mattern, “Marginalia: Little Libraries in the Urban Margins,” Places (2012)
– Rita Raley, “TXTual Practice,” forthcoming in Comparative Textual Media

Feb. 20, 4:30 PM, 20 Cooper Square: panel discussion on “scholarly communication at the crossroads”
Feb. 21, 5:30 PM, 20 Cooper Square: Lecture by Todd Presner
Supplementary reading: Tarleton Gillespie, “The Relevance of Algorithms,” Media Technologies
Feb. 22, 9:15AM, Hemmerdinger Hall, “Open Platforms, Para-Academic Practices, and Possible Futures for the University” (part of the MCC Para|Sites conference)
Feb. 22, 12:30 PM, 20 Cooper Square: Workshop by Todd Presner on “Thick Mapping”

February 25: Knowledge work

– Alan Liu, The Laws of Cool [excerpts]
– McKenzie Wark, A Hacker Manifesto [sections 025-047; available online through BobCat]
– Robert Reich, The Work of Nations (“Three Jobs of the Future”)
– Philip Mirowski, Science Mart: Privatizing American Science [excerpts]
– Marc Bousquet, How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation [excerpts]
– Recommended: Janice Radway, “Research Universities, Periodical Publication, and the Circulation of Professional Expertise: On the Significance of Middlebrow Authority,” Critical Inquiry 31:1 (2004) [JSTOR]

March 4:  Creative industries

– Richard Florida, “Creativity is the New Economy” and “The Creative Compact,” The Rise of the Creative Class | “Class-Divided Cities: New York Edition,” The Atlantic (January 2013)
– Jerome Christensen, America’s Corporate Art: Studio Authorship of Hollywood Motion Pictures (Introduction and Chp 7)
– Mark McGurl, The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing (Introduction) and Fredric Jameson, “Dirty Little Secret,” London Review of Books (November 2012)
– “The Creative Economy,” Business Week (August 2000)
– Robert Briggs & Niall Lucy, “Art as Research?Ctrl-Z 2 (December 2012)
– Creative industries programs: Queensland University of Technology | Northeastern | Bangor University, National Institute for Excellence in the Creative Industries (NIECI)
– Recommended: Geert Lovink and Ned Rossiter, eds., MyCreativity Reader: A Critique of Creative Industries (Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2007) | John Howkins, The Creative Economy: How People Make Money From Ideas | Stefan Nowotny, et al, Critique of Creativity: Precarity, Subjectivity and Resistance in the ‘Creative Industries’
–!> Case Study Exercise, Group I (to be discussed)

Lecture: Katina Rodgers (University of Virginia), “Humanities Unbound: Careers and Scholarship Beyond the Tenure Track”
Friday March 8, 12:30pm, 20 Cooper Square, 5th floor

March 11: Symposium

Surface Reading/Machine Reading: New Approaches to Texts and Text Data
1:00-6:00pm, 20 Cooper Square, 5th floor

March 18:  No Class —

March 25: Communities of Communication:  Networks and the Social Organization of Knowledge 

– Geert Lovink and Ned Rossiter, “Dawn of the Organised Networks,” Fibreculture 5 (September 2005)
– Yochai Benkler, “Introduction: A Moment of Opportunity and Challenge” and “Peer Production and Sharing,” The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006)
– Henry Jenkins, “Interactive Audiences? The ‘Collective Intelligence’ of Media Fans,” Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers
Recommended: Marc Garrett and Ruth Catlow, “DIWO: Do It With Others – No Ecology without Social Ecology
– Discuss: folksonomic tagging, blog rolls, linking, fandom, reputation economies, wikis, book clubs, social reading platforms
–!> Case Study Exercise, Group II (to be discussed)

April 1: The multiversity, corporate university, global networked university

– Clark Kerr, The Uses of the University [excerpts]
– Eyal Press and Jennifer Washburn, “The Kept University,” The Atlantic (March 2000)
– Chris Newfield, Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class (“Facing the Knowledge Masters”)
– Sheila Slaughter and Gary Rhoades, Academic Capitalism and the New Economy: Markets, State, and Higher Education (Chp 1: “The Theory of Academic Capitalism”)
– Review information about the Bologna Process
– Overview of UNIKE project: Universities in the Knowledge Economy
– Michael Staton, “The New Liberal Arts,” Inside Higher Ed (October 16, 2012)
– “College, Reinvented: The Finalists,” The Chronicle of Higher Education (November 19, 2012)
– “The PhD Factory,” Nature 472 (April 21, 2011)
– Recommended: Gaye Tuchman, Wannabe U: Inside the Corporate University | David Frank, Jav Gabler, Reconstructing the University: Worldwide Shifts in Academia in the 20th Century [excerpt] | Eng-Beng Lim, “Performing the Global University,” Social Text 27:4 (2009)

Dan Cohen, George Mason University, Thursday April 4 5:30, public lecture
Friday April 5 12:30, text-mining workshop

April 8: Reading // Books

I Read Where I Am: Exploring New Information Cultures
– Alan Liu, “The End of the End of the Book: Dead Books, Lively Margins, and Social Computing,” Michigan Quarterly Review 48 (2009) | Liu, “This is Not a Book: Long Forms of Shared Attention in the Digital Age” (video)
– Johanna Drucker, “The Virtual Codex from Page Space to E-space,”A Companion to Digital Literary Studies
– Joseph J. Esposito, “The Processed Book,” First Monday 8:3 (2003)
– Adrian Piper, “Towards a Theory of the Digital Companion
– Leah Price, “Reading As If For Life,” Michigan Quarterly Review 48:4 (2009)
– iPad and iPhone apps (watch videos): Jason Edward Lewis and Bruno Nadeau, Poems for Excitable [Mobile] Media | Erik Loyer, Strange Rain | The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore | Jason Shiga, Meanwhile | Marc Saporta, Composition No. 1 | Alice for the iPad
– Recommended: Post-Digital Print and Networks of Independent Publishing: Interview with Alessandro Ludovico (Culture Machine podcast)

April 15:  Writing//  Commonplace, curriculum, bookmarks: practices of selection, notation, compilation

– Ann Blair, “Reading Strategies for Coping With Information Overload ca. 1550-1700,” Journal of the History of Ideas 64:1 (January 2003) and Blair, “Information Overload, Then and Now,” The Chronicle of Higher Education (November 28, 2010) [also recommended: Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age (Chapter 2: “Note-Taking as Information Management”)]
– John Guillory, Cultural Capital (pp. 87-93) [available online through BobCat]
– Tiziana Terranova, “Free Labor: Producing Culture for the Digital Economy,” Social Text 18:2 (Summer 2000)
– Trebor Scholz, “What the MySpace generation should know about working for free
– Lev Manovich, “The Practice of Everyday (Media) Life: From Mass Consumption to Mass Cultural Production?Critical Inquiry 35:2 (Winter 2009): 319-331
– Cluster: “Notes, Lists, and Everyday Inscriptions,” MediaCommons

April 22: Futures of scholarly communications

– Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (pp. 1-14, 89-120)
– Tara McPherson, “Scaling Vectors: Thoughts on the Future of Scholarly Communication,” The Journal of Electronic Publishing 13:2 (Fall 2010)
– Gary Hall,  “Fluid Notes on Liquid Books
– Ken Wissoker, “The Future of the Book as a Media Project,” Cinema Journal 52:2 (Winter 2013)
– Browse: Daniel and Loyer, Public Secrets | Bissell, Loyer, et al, The Knotted Line | Goldberg, Hristova, and Loyer, Blue Velvet | McKenzie Wark,GAM3R 7H30RY | Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art) | Sophie | The Institute for the Future of the Book
– Publication ventures: Limn | Open Humanities Press |Culture Machine Liquid Books | Punctum Books | The Journal of Electronic Publishing | Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular

April 29:  Knowledge for profit

– David Noble, “Digital Diploma Mills,” First Monday (January 1998)
– Suzanne Guerlac, “Humanities 2.0: E-Learning in the Digital World,” Representations 116:1 (Fall 2011)
– Chris Parker, “For-Profit Colleges Only a Con Man Could Love,” Village Voice (August 2012)
– Nicholas Carr, “The Crisis in Higher Education,” MIT Technology Review (September 2012)
– Clay Shirky, “Napster, Udacity, and the Academy” (November 12, 2012)
– “MOOC Provider edX Partners with Community Colleges to Improve Workforce Readiness,” Forbes (November 19, 2012)
– Nathan Harden, “The End of the University as We Know It,” The American Interest (January/February 2013)
– A.J. Jacobs, “Two Cheers for Web U,” New York Times (April 20, 2013)
– Scan: iTunes U |Coursera |Khan Academy| edX| Udacity |  OpenLearn | #MOOC: Massively Open Online Courses (Scoop) | We take your class
–!> Environmental scan for Scalar: inventory of for-profit colleges & online education, guide to evolving genres and markets for on-line learning

Lecture: Alan Liu (UC Santa Barbara), Wednesday, May 1, 6:00 pm
Workshop: Thursday, May 2, 12:00 pm, 20 Cooper Square

May 6: Being a Student // College romances of learning

TBD

// Readings and assignments are subject to modification as the class evolves

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