If you blog it, they will come…

It seems like everyone is getting into the blogging action these days!  Nearly every event or conference initiates a blog as part of their packaged web presence.  For example, just today I received word about the archive of talks from the Networks & Enclaves conference held at UCI a few weeks ago.  The conference talks were so provocative, certainly there ought to be some vigorous discussions happening in the blog affiliated with the event.  But…not so.

Perhaps the larger question at hand is also how we, as scholars with limited time, can be a part of so many blog discussions while not unduly fragmenting our efforts?  I’m embarrassed to reveal how many blogs I am involved with (a few dozen too many).  How can I keep on top of these spaces, read important writings on not-my-blogs, and still get my research work done?  Certainly using GoogleReader helps by managing my various blogfeeds, but it’s not still not enough.  And is there also some sort of cautionary tale at play here–about a tool that is now so widely used that it’s losing some of its usefulness?

So let me ask you: how do you manage your blog reading and writing?  How do you balance your engagement with social media while still getting your work done?  And, are you struggling, like me, to keep up?

Literature.Culture.Media Research Slam – EXTENDED

This call went out a couple months ago to the UCSB campus, but I’d like to extend the invitation to any DH SoCal scholars that wish to participate!

Call for Submissions

Literature.Culture.Media Center Research Slam
Down from the lectern and into the crowd!

Friday, May 21
1 pm – 530 pm

University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of English
South Hall (various locations)

Please send project description, technical requirements (if any), and a short biography by May 9 to researchslam@gmail.com.

Have you done recent work that you’re particularly proud of? Are you working on a project and would like to get feedback from your peers and faculty? Interested in seeing the diversity of scholarship occurring on campus? UCSB’s Literature.Culture.Media Center is devoted to investigating and highlighting innovative ways of combining traditional humanities research with concepts and methodologies related to information media and technology. In this tradition, we are hosting the third annual Research Slam to showcase the unique work done by scholars across campus.

The goal of the Research Slam is to combine the best features of traditional academic humanities venues like lectures and roundtables and combine them with the free-flowing, hyperattentive and participatory focus of the poster session and poetry slam. The format includes a series of parallel presentations, followed by a plenary discussion at the end of the afternoon. Glow necklaces will be provided!

A Research Slam is:

• Non-linear intellectual encounters
• Smaller, more personalized discussions, followed by a large group session
• Multi-media, multi-modal, and/or multi-temporal
• Inclusive of faculty and students
• Performative, interactive, playful
• Interested in new paradigms of sharing scholarly work

A Research Slam is not:

• Divided and structured hierarchically
• Quiet or stationary
• Lecture-based
• Traditional or conventional
• Boring

The Literature.Culture.Media Center is now soliciting multimedia projects, research posters, and other creative or scholarly works taking advantage of the intersections between academics, information and technology to showcase at the Slam, regardless of department, class level, or period of focus of the contributor. We invite faculty, graduate students, or undergraduates to apply! If you think your project fits the structure of the event, we’d love to have you!

Potential Critical Nodes:

reading/audience practices
educational technology
media arts
popular culture
GIS/mapping/locative media
communication studies

(Please note that the Research Slam does not endorse exhaustive lists. Please expand at your will.)


After learning after the fact about a digital humanities event at another campus that I would have liked to have attended for the umpteenth time, I decided to create a central clearinghouse for event announcements and a site for virtual conversations related to digital humanities for students and scholars living in southern California. I’ll be sending out invitations to contribute shortly. If you would like to be involved in posting announcements or participating in the conversation, let me know.