Resources

Key Projects

Information Ecosystems podcast series: The team of graduate student participants in the year-long Information Ecosystems Sawyer Seminar interview our invited speakers on their current research, insights, and thoughts on needed interdisciplinary developments.

Information Ecosystems blog posts: The team of graduate student participants in the year-long Information Ecosystems Sawyer Seminar reflect on the work of our invited speakers and their discussions with us.

Suggested core readings

Jon Agar. The Government Machine: A Revolutionary History of the Computer (MIT Press, 2003). https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/pitt-ebooks/detail.action?docID=33...

John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid. The Social Life of Information (Harvard Business School Press, 2000). http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1100398748 

Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein. Data Feminisms (MIT Open Press, 2019) https://bookbook.pubpub.org/data-feminism

Yanni Alexander Loukissas. All Data Are Local: Thinking Critically in a Data-Driven Society (MIT Press, 2019) http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1100070952 

Lev Manovich. “Cultural Analytics: Visualizing Cultural Patterns in the Era of ‘More Media,’” DOMUS (Spring 2009) https://s3.amazonaws.com/academia.edu.documents/35984248/60_article_2009...

Tarleton Gillespie, Pablo Boczkowski, and Kirsten Foot, eds. Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society (MIT Press, 2014) https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/pitt-ebooks/detail.action?docID=33...

Tim Hitchcock. “Confronting the Digital: Or How Academic History Writing Lost the Plot,” Cultural and Social History, 10, no. 1 (2013): 9-23. https://doi.org/10.2752/147800413X13515292098070 

Frederick W. Gibbs. “New Forms of History: Critiquing Data and Its Representations,” The American Historian, 7 (February 7, 2016). https://www.oah.org/tah/issues/2016/february/new-forms-of-history-critiq...

Lara Putnam. “The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast.” American Historical Review 121, no. 2 (April 2016): 377-402. https://doi-org.pitt.idm.oclc.org/10.1093/ahr/121.2.377 

Julia Laite. “The Emmet’s Inch: Small History in a Digital Age,” Journal of Social History (February 11, 2019): 1–27. https://doi-org.pitt.idm.oclc.org/10.1093/jsh/shy118 

Fulvia Mecatti, Franca Crippa, and Patrizia Farina. 2012. “A Special Gen(d)re of Statistics: Roots, Development and Methodological Prospects of Gender Statistics.” International Statistical Review 80(3): 452–467. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-5823.2012.00186.x 

Jean-Baptiste Michel et al. “Quantitative analysis of culture using millions of digitized books.” Science 331.6014 (2011): 176-182. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/331/6014/176/tab-pdf

Elena, Aronova, Christine von Oertzen, and David Sepkoski, “Introduction: Historicizing Big Data,” Special Issue on Data Histories, Osiris 2017, 32 : 1–17. https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/693399 

Christine L. Borgman, “Section I: Data and Scholarship,” in Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World (MIT Press, 2015), 1-80. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip,uid&db=nl...

Joanna Radin, “Digital Natives: How Medical and Indigenous Histories Matter for Big Data.” Osiris Vol. 32, No. 1 (2017): 43-64. https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/693853 

Moya Bailey & Tourmaline: “Analog Girls in Digital Worlds: Dismantling Binaries for Digital Humanists Who Research Social Media” (33-43); The Routledge Companion to Digital Media Studies and Digital Humanities,  Ed. Jentery Sayers, Routledge, 2018. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/pitt-ebooks/detail.action?docID=53...

Roopika Risam, ” Decolonizing the Digital Humanities in Theory and Practice” (78-86); The Routledge Companion to Digital Media Studies and Digital Humanities,  Ed. Jentery Sayers, Routledge, 2018. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/pitt-ebooks/detail.action?docID=53...

Kimberly Christen, “Relationships, Not Records: Digital Heritage and the Ethics of Sharing Indigenous Knowledge Online” (403-412). The Routledge Companion to Digital Media Studies and Digital Humanities,  Ed. Jentery Sayers, Routledge, 2018. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/pitt-ebooks/detail.action?docID=53...

Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein, “Chapter Three: “What Gets Counted Counts,” in Data Feminism, in public review. https://bookbook.pubpub.org/pub/rykaknh1

 

Additional Readings to Accompany Invited Speakers (in progress)

September 5-6: Matthew Edney, University of Southern Maine

Matthew Edney, Mapping an Empire: The Geographical Construction of British India, 1765-1843 (University of Chicago Press, 1997). https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/pitt-ebooks/detail.action?docID=30...

September 19-20: Ted Underwood, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Ted Underwood, “Theorizing Research Practices We Forgot to Theorize Twenty Years Ago,” Representations 127, no. 1 (Summer 2014): 64-72.

Ted Underwood, “A Genealogy of Distant Reading,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 11, no. 2 (2017): http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/11/2/000317/000317.html

Ted Underwood, David Bamman, and Sabrina Lee, “The Transformation of Gender in English-Language Fiction,” Journal of Cultural Analytics. Feb. 13, 2018. DOI: 10.22148/16.019 

October 11: Matthew Jones, Columbia University

Matthew L. Jones, "How We Became Instrumentalists (Again): Data Positivism since World War II," Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, Vol. 48 No. 5, November 2018; (pp. 673-684) https://hsns.ucpress.edu/content/48/5/673.abstract 

October 25: Mario Khreiche, Sawyer Seminar Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh

Mary L. Gray and Siddharth Suri, Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1052904468

Alex Rosenblat, Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work (University of California Press, 2018) http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1088531727 

November 1: Richard Marciano, University of Maryland

November 15: Sabina Leonelli, University of Exeter

December 6: Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, University of Pennsylvania

January 10: Jo Guldi, Southern Methodist University

Jo Guldi, "Critical Search: A Procedure for Guided Reading in Large-Scale Textual Corpora," Journal of Cultural Analytics (December 20, 2018). https://culturalanalytics.org/2018/12/critical-search-a-procedure-for-gu...

Jo Guldi, “A History of the Participatory Map,” Public Culture 29, no. 1 81 (January 1, 2017): 79–112, https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-3644409. 

Jo Guldi, “Global Questions About Rent and the Longue Durée of Urban Power, 1848 to the Present,” New Global Studies 12, no. 1 (2018): 37–63, https://doi.org/10.1515/ngs-2018-0012.

Jo Guldi, “Parliament’s Debates about Infrastructure: An Exercise in Using Dynamic Topic Models to Synthesize Historical Change,” Technology and Culture 60, no. 1 (March 21, 2019): 1–33. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/719944 

Jo Guldi, “World Neoliberalism as Rebellion From Below?: British Squatters and the Global Interpretation of Poverty, 1946–1974,” Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development 10, no. 1 (April 25, 2019): 29–57, https://doi.org/10.1353/hum.2019.0001.

January 24: Safiya Umoja Noble, University of California, Los Angeles


Safiya Umoja Noble, “The Future of Knowledge in the Public,” Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press, 2018): 134-52. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1113400775
   

February 7: Matthew Lincoln, Carnegie Mellon University

February 21: Edouard Machery, University of Pittsburgh

Machery, E. (2019). "The Alpha War." Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 1-25. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13164-019-00440-1 

Benjamin, D. J., Berger, J. O., Johannesson, M., Nosek, B. A., Wagenmakers, E. J., Berk, R., ... & Cesarini, D. (2018). "Redefine statistical significance." Nature Human Behaviour, 2(1), 6. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562%20017%200189%20z 

Machery, E., Stich, S., Rose, D., Alai, M., Angelucci, A., Berniūnas, R., ... & Cohnitz, D. (2017). "The Gettier intuition from South America to Asia." Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, 34(3), 517-541. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40961-017-0113-y 

www.geographyofphilosophy.com, blog: https://go-philosophy.com/

March 6: Colin Allen, University of Pittsburgh

March 20: Bill Rankin, Yale University

Bill Rankin, www.radicalcartography.net

Johanna Drucker, “Graphical Approaches to the Digital Humanities,” in Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth, eds., A New Companion to Digital Humanities (Wiley, 2016), 238–250. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/pitt-ebooks/detail.action?docID=40...

Bill Rankin, “Cartography and the Reality of Boundaries,” Perspecta 42 (2010): 42–45. https://www.jstor.org/stable/41679217 

April 16: Mar Hicks, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

Marie Hicks, “Conclusion: Reassembling the History of Computing around Gender’s Formative Influence,” in Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing (MIT Press, 2017) http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1004074349 

April 24: Melissa Finucane, RAND Corporation