The Humanities Affect


I was fortunate over the past three weeks to have presented at, and collaborated with, two excellent universities: The University of Kansas (KU) and Southern Methodist University (SMU). I gave invited talks at each. At KU, the talk was inside of their Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH), and at SMU, their Computer Science Colloquium.  The talk was the same at KU and SMU, and centered on the notion that the arts and humanities can affect computing in deep ways. To consider this new set of connections, we must go beyond thinking of computing only as a technology. Stretching ourselves in this fashion is natural for mathematicians and computer scientists, but not so much for everyone else. We also need to divorce computing from technology in how we see the world. The world is full of computing if we define computing as the study of information dynamics. A video (or click on the photo of Nefertiti above) was recorded and rendered at IDRH at KU. Can we get beyond thinking of computing as something that occurs inside of boxes? If we can, then computing becomes even more embedded in culture.