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SP-02: Digital Archaeology and Ethnography
Wednesday, 27/Jun/2018:
9:00am - 10:30am

Session Chair: Miguel Escobar Varela
Location: Constitución A/B

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¿Metodologías en Crisis? Tesis 2.0 a través de la Etnografía de lo Digital

Domingo Manuel Lechón Gómez

Doctorado de Ecosur (Chiapas Mexico), Sursiendo (Chiapas Mexico)

Se propone dialogar sobre los problemas y los retos que traen consigo la construcción de conocimiento en un contexto de transformaciones sociales, tecnológicas y metodológicas en la llamada Sociedad-red. Todo ello a través de la reflexión teórica y la experiencia vivida en una investigación de doctorado todavía en curso sobre los tecnoactivismos en México.

Sensory Ethnography and Storytelling with the Sounds of Voices: Methods, Ethics and Accessibility

Kelsey Marie Chatlosh

The Graduate Center, CUNY, United States of America

This presentation will examine the possibilities of cross-cutting methodological approaches to anthropology, sound studies and digital humanities, specifically when recording and sharing the sounds of peoples’ as a mode of storytelling. This paper will discuss the interplays of method and theory when cross-cutting these approaches, and issues of ethics and accessibility when recording and sharing sound. This includes being wary of institutional compliance with Institutional Review Boards but also following a feminist ethics beyond compliance, that, for example, foregrounds consent as not a one-time signature but reiterated and subject to change. I will also consider various levels of intrusiveness and impact that the recording and sharing of the sounds of peoples’ voices may have, and the potential roles of shared sounds within larger networks of listeners and what their availability may foreclose. Lastly, I will discuss digital modalities for sharing research with sound and their (limited) possibilities for storytelling.

Las Humanidades Digitales Y El Patrimonio Arqueológico Maya: Resultados Preliminares De Un Esfuerzo Interinstitucional De Documentación Y Difusión

Arianna Campiani1, Rodrigo Liendo2, Nicola Lercari1

1University of California Merced, United States of America; 2Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

En esta ocasión queremos presentar los resultados de la primera temporada de documentación digital del sitio arqueológico de Palenque, Chiapas. Gracias a la colaboración interinstitucional entre la Universidad de la California, Merced y la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México en 2018 empezaremos a utilizar técnicas de registro tridimensional para las excavaciones del Grupo IV y para las arquitecturas y espacios del núcleo cívico-ceremonial del sitio patrimonio de la humanidad. Con este esfuerzo conjunto queremos sentar las bases para llegar a definir una nueva metodología para el registro digital, el monitoreo y la conservación del antiguo patrimonio edificado maya. Asimismo, gracias al uso de estas técnicas, queremos establecer un puente entre documentación y difusión del patrimonio para especialistas y el público en general.

An Archaeology of Americana: Recovering the Hemispheric Origins of Sabin’s Bibliotheca Americana to Contest the Database’s (National) Limits

Mary Lindsay Van Tine

University of Pennsylvania, United States of America

This long paper will offer a media archaeology of the Gale database Sabin Americana 1500-1926, tracing its origins through an earlier microfilming project to Joseph Sabin’s monumental 29-volume Bibliotheca Americana (1868-1937). While Bonnie Mak, Ian Gadd, and others have explored the bibliographic roots of much-used digital resources like EEBO and ECCO, the category of Americana has a distinct bibliographic tradition whose digital implications have not been examined. “Americana” was for Sabin and his contemporaries a transnational and multilingual category that understood “America” as the entire Western Hemisphere; the Gale database, by contrast, radically limits this scope to redefine America as the United States. Recovering the logic that structured earlier Bibliotheca Americanas, I suggest, can inform the development of non-proprietary digital systems for bibliographic control. I end with a consideration of my own work towards this end through the Digital Bibliotheca Americana project.

Unwrapping Codework: Towards an Ethnography of Coding in the Humanities

Smiljana Antonijevic Ubois1, Joris van Zundert2, Tara Andrews3

1The Pennsylvania State University; 2Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences; 3University of Vienna

Using the method of collaborative ethnography, this paper examines practices, dilemmas, and decisions of digital humanities (DH) programmers, seeking to make explicit what DH coders themselves know, maybe tacitly, about how coders approach their tasks, what decisions go into code production, and how code interacts with its research environment. Our study showed that humanities-specific research questions drive coding, and that code and codework embed theoretical concepts in order to augment research methodology and create new theory. The insights of our study thus demonstrate that both code as an epistemic object and coding as an epistemic practice increasingly shape research in the humanities and must be given a proper theoretical and methodological recognition in the DH, with both the consequences and the rewards that such a recognition bears. Therefore, a strategy for making code and codework visible, understandable, trustworthy and reputable within humanities scholarship is needed.

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