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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Winter 2013

Winter 2013

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 12:15pm


HUM 595A

Rock the Archive: Popular Music Studies and Digital Scholarship

2 CR (C/NC)

Instructors: Michelle Habell-Pallan (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies), Angelica Macklin (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies), and Sonnet Retman (American Ethnic Studies)

Course Meeting Dates and Times:

  • Saturday, Jan 12, 9:00 am-2:00 pm, CMU 202/204
  • Saturday, Feb 9, 9:00 am-2:00 pm, CMU 202/204
  • Thursday, February 28, 6:30 pm, KNE 120 (Mangel Lecture: Raquel Rivera,)
  • Friday, March 8, 3:30-5:30 pm CMU 202/204 (WWR Digital Oral History Archive Symposium)
  • Saturday, March 9, 12:00- 4:00 pm, Washington Hall (WWR (Un)Conference & Film Festival)
  • Thursday, Mar 14, 3:00-6:00 pm, CMU 202/204

Time Schedule

This course works in conjunction with the Women Who Rock (WWR) Digital Oral History Archive to prepare graduate and undergraduate students to analyze oral histories of a racially and ethnically diverse array of women from the U.S., Mexico, and beyond who have made significant contributions to music scenes, social justice movements, public scholarship, and community life. The course examines the intellectual project of popular music studies in relation to the theory and practice of archive building, oral history training, and digital scholarship.

Students will engage with critical archive studies, learn about the archive as a contested epistemological site, and create photo essays. In this way students will mesh scholarly work with the production of scholarship in digital form at an introductory level. In particular, they will explore the lives of extraordinary women musicians through primary oral history data contained in the Women Who Rock (WWR) Digital Oral History Archive, an intergenerational experiment in collective and decolonial archive-building.

Students will also participate in the 3rd annual Women Who Rock (WWR) “Making Scenes, Building Communities” (Un)Conference, the Digital Oral History Archive Launch and Symposium and Film Festival on March 8-9, 2013. In addition, they will have the opportunity to prepare a panel discussion of their work for the 2013 EMP Pop Conference.

Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates only.


HUM 597A

Learning and Teaching in the Digital Age: A Microseminar with Cathy N. Davidson

1 CR (C/NC)

Instructor: Kathleen Woodward (English and Simpson Center)

Course Meeting Dates and Times:
Location: Communications 202 unless otherwise listed

  • Friday, February 8, 9:30-11:00 am
  • Friday, February 15, 9:30-11:00 am
  • Thursday, February 21, 7:00-8:30 pm (Lecture by Cathy N. Davidson, Kane 210)
  • Friday, February 22, 9:30-11:00 am (Colloquium with N. Cathy Davidson)
  • Friday, March 1, 9:30-11:00 am

Time Schedule

In her recent writing, Cathy N. Davidson argues that new forms of thinking are required by our distributed and digital workplace, and new forms of learning must be embraced by our educational institutions. She identifies self-learning, collaboration, and participatory learning as key capacities demanded of us in the digital twenty-first century.

This microseminar for graduate students is designed to frame the visit of Katz Distinguished Lecturer Cathy N. Davidson to the University of Washington in February 2013 when she will give a public lecture entitled “Now You See It: Why the Future of Higher Education Demands a Paradigm Shift” and a colloquium under the title “On Learning and Teaching: Digital Knowledge.” We will read and discuss Davidson’s Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn (2011), which she describes as a field guide and a survival manual for the digital age. We will also read The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age (2009), a report Davidson co-authored with David Theo Goldberg for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2009), as well as essays published in American Literature and PMLA.

Cathy N. Davidson teaches at Duke University, where she co-directs the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge and is the Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies. A past president of the American Studies Association and former editor of American Literature, she is the author of Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America (1986) and, with Linda Wagner-Martin, the co-editor of The Oxford Book of Women’s Writing in the United States (1995). In 2002, Davidson co-founded, with David Theo Goldberg, HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory). In July 2012, she was named the first educator on the six-person Board of Directors of the Mozilla Foundation.

Read more about Davidson’s Katz Lecture at the UW.