Making Comics as Scholarship

Posted by Anastasia Salter.

**This post has been re-blogged from ProfHacker with permission of the author.** For the last few years, I’ve been collaborating with Roger Whitson on editing Comics as Scholarship, a special issue for Digital Humanities Quarterly. The open-access issue is now available and may be of interest to anyone experimenting with alternatives to the monolithic scholarly essay. The collection includes six comics written and designed by scholars as ways to think about using comics to communicate as... Read More

Surviving the Fear Monster: Getting a PhD

Posted by Eric Murnane.

To determine how my first post to our blog could have the most impact, I had to figure out what I could add of value to this discussion, while simultaneously thinking about all the plans I currently have in motion - conferences, papers, publications, if the job market will hold after graduation.  Like many people in this program, I wear a lot of hats.  I’m a teacher, a student, and a scholar.  I have a lot of choices when it comes to describing myself.  However, lately, the way I have... Read More

U Can Finish!

Posted by Patty Hurter.

I had the pleasure of attending UCF’s Dissertation Forum on February 5, an event hosted by the UCF Libraries and the UCF College of Graduate Studies, in collaboration with the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty and ProQuest Academic. Lots of useful information was shared, from utilizing important researcher networks and building your online profile, to publishing, author rights, and time and stress management. In my role as Assistant Director of the Texts & Technology program, I... Read More

“Hello, Glass.”

Posted by Sara Raffel and Amanda Hill.

Sometimes, your program director presents you with fun gadgets and says, "Here. Figure this out." That's how we got our hands (and eyes!) on a set of never-been worn Google Glass. While there have been talks about new Google Glass coming in the near future, for now, Google Glass remains a vestigial relic of the not-too-distant past. Were they not up to consumer standards? Was the world just not ready for smart glasses? We wanted to find out exactly what Google Glass were all about and what... Read More

A Summary of The Art of Memory by Frances Yates

Posted by Barry Jason Mauer.

In classical rhetoric, images and text were mapped onto virtual places to aid the memory of orators. Memory was enormously important to orators because they were expected to deliver long speeches with total accuracy. In fact, memory was of such value that there developed an "art of memory" designed to strengthen the natural memory. Frances Yates explains that this artificial memory depended upon the recollection of images: The artificial memory is established from places and images . . . A... Read More