March 5: Workshop session at NYPL
We will begin to choose the document, or documents, we are working with today. Readings pending students’ choice of archival collections.
Class will meet at Room 215 at NYPL on Tuesday March 5 at 4 PM.Room 215 is on the second floor in the center of the building. It’s easy if you leave your bags and coats at the coat check before proceeding to Room 215, but not 100% necessary.Once in the building, go up the stairs from ‘Astor Hall’ to the second floor. Room 215 is indicated with a red circle on this map:
Saturday March 9: AIDS Activism and Art
This optional one-day film symposium, a collaboration between the New School and Visual AIDS, an activist organization that provokes dialogue through art, will be in Kellen Auditorium at the New School. Two of France’s films, United in Anger (Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman, 2012) and How To Survive A Plague (David France, 2012), will be screened, to be followed by a panel discussion. Both films draw on the ACT-UP collection held at the New York Public Library..
March 12: The Activist Researcher: Participation and the Nature of Evidence
- Julius H. Bailey, “‘Cult’ Knowledge: the Challenge of Studying New Religious Movements in America,” DRH, 275-294.
- Ira Katznelson, “From the Street to the Lecture Hall: the 1960s,” Daedelus vol. 126 no. 1 (Winter 1977), 311-332.
Visit from community historian, activist and artist Jonathan Ned Katz, who will talk to us about OutHistory.org.
March 19: Online Media and Activist Scholarship
In class we will be talking about project design. Below is a project currently being assembled by our course assistant on Urban Tool Kit open-source software being developed at The New School: what does it do? What does it not that you would like it to do? How is the product shaped by the software as far as you can tell? How is it shaped by the research itself?
- Julian de Mayo Rodriguez, ACT UP New York: Unleashing Latino Power
While some of you are further ahead on defining your research than others, and none of us has delved seriously into the archive or secondary literature, this will be the task of the second half of the semester. Figuring out what level of complexity and reward you are up for in terms of using digital platforms and story telling devices will be important to deciding what documents you use, how you use them and what “stories” you are interested in telling from the archive. Do you want your project to be multi-media? Do you want it to be a collection? A narrative? A timeline? Do you want it to center images, documents, or video?
I have provided links to a number of possible platforms under the Media Tools widget on the home page.
Please also take a look at the following, with attention to how you/your group will design a projects.
- Carl Abbott, “How Scanners Democratize History,” and Tanya March, “Scanning Historical Images: Some Practical Advice,” Perspectives on History (October 2012)
- Nancy Brown, “Lightroom as a Research Tool: From Organization to Interpretation,” Perspectives on History (October 2012)
- Paula Petrik, “Top Ten Mistakes in Academic Web Design,” History Computer Review (May 2000)
- PrezPix, “Pintarest as Research Tool,” International Center for Media and the Public Agenda (Fall 2012)
- Examples of image-based projects on Retronaut.
- An Introduction to Historypin