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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Digital Humanities and the Documentary Arts

Ruth Dusseault

Saturday, March 14 - 2:00PM to 2:45PM
Celestin D

Digital scholarship is implicitly transdiscipline, creating new types of knowledge about the world that is statistically objective. Documentary practice is also cross-discipline. It is based on theories of objectivity (even through subjective means) and rooted in ethnography and storytelling. The former is more likely to represent a statistical aggregate; the latter is likely to delve into the archive of the individual (or what Tarde would term the "Monad"). Might they combine into a new practice in documentary arts? This paper considers new art programs emerging from traditional institutes of science and new digital humanities programs in liberal arts.

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Ruth Dusseault
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