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In ongoing conjunction with the International (Digital) Dura-Europos Archives, the Center for Experimental Humanities (EH) is proud to present the IDEA Lab at EH, a biweekly workshop facilitating student-led research at the intersection of the humanities and data science. The IDEA Lab at EH provides students with hands-on experience and internship opportunities in the developing field of digital archiving in GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) settings. IDEA and Linked Open Data aim to create an accessible, multi-lingual future of information management. Within the context of Wikidata, students learn to use the format of Linked Open Data, an information system emerging as the “best practice” in GLAM organizations as they update their materials for the digital age. Students working in the on-campus IDEA Lab are uniquely positioned for internship opportunities, and help humanities researchers look to the future while simultaneously re-integrating the past.

IDEALab Leader/Coordinator: Anne Hunnell Chen

IDEALab Peer Mentors: Samantha Simon ‘26 and Leah Neuberger ‘27

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Sydney Williams ’24


Taught by various EHCN faculty across the OSUN network

Spring 2024 taught by Krista Caballero

In both theory and practice, this course is designed to explore the intersections of technology, justice, and creative practice. One of our central lines of inquiry will be: How might technology be utilized in ethical and just ways to (re)imagine our human cultural practices and resulting ecological impact? In approaching this question, we will consider ways that artists and community activists are pushing boundaries to both critically and creatively address the future of technology and issues relating to identity and privacy, data sovereignty and governance, e-waste and rare earth mining, deep fakes and AI. Theoretical texts from scholars such as Safiya Umoja Noble, Carolyn Marvin, Leo Marx, and Wendy Chun will ground our exploration alongside a series of guest lectures by a diverse group of artists, scholars and activists across the OSUN network. Through readings and discussions, this course will explore technology across historical periods and how past forms help shape our current moment. Students will also work intensively to develop creative projects that blur boundaries between physical and digital media, integrate field-based research in their local community, and experiment with interdisciplinary practices of making.

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