EXPERIMENTAL HUMANITIES CONCENTRATION

Interdivisional

http://eh.bard.edu/

Updated August 15, 2017

 

 

Advising Faculty

 


1.     Maria Sachiko Cecire - Literature (coordinator) (leave of absence fall ‘17)

2.     Ben Coonley - Film (coordinator)

3.     Thomas Bartscherer - Humanities

4.     Alex Benson – Literature (on sabbatical fall ’17, leave of absence spring ‘18)

5.     Alexander Bonus – Music

6.     Christian Crouch – History

7.     Robert Culp - History

8.     Lauren Curtis – Classics (on sabbatical fall ’17, leave of absence spring ‘18)

9.     Adhaar Noor Desai - Literature

10.   Tabetha Ewing - History

11.   Miriam Felton-Dansky - Theater and Performance (leave of absence fall ‘17)

12.   Lianne Habinek - Literature

13.   Thomas Keenan – Human Rights

14.   Laura Kunreuther – Anthropology

15.   Marisa Libbon – Literature

16.   Susan Merriam – Art History

17.   Gregory B. Moynahan – History (on sabbatical fall ’17)

18.   Keith O’Hara – Computer Science

19.   Dina Ramadan - Arabic

20.   Gretta Tritch Roman – Art History

21.   Nathan Shockey - Literature, Japanese Maria Sonevytsky - Music

22.   Drew Thompson – History

23.   Olga Touloumi – Art History


  

 

Concentration Requirements

 

How does technology mediate what it means to be human? The Experimental Humanities (EH) concentration is Bard’s liberal arts–driven answer to the Digital Humanities. Digital Humanities is an evolving field that typically employs digital tools and research methods to investigate humanities subjects. In addition, EH engages with media and technology forms from across historical periods, combining experimental research methods with critical thinking about how such forms function as a part of cultural, social, and political inquiry. We encourage the reconsideration of older media in light of today’s technologies and look ahead to the developments on the horizon.

 

EH emphasizes:

 

·         Critical thinking about media and technology and their productive intersections

·         The relationship between digital methodologies and humanities scholarship

·         Collaboration between traditionally disparate disciplines such as Computer Science, Literature, and the Arts

·         The role of experimentation, often associated with the sciences and the arts, in humanities research

 

Experimental Humanities students take two core courses, Introduction to Media and History of Experiment, which provide them with a critical and historical framework with which to approach electives from across the college.  The concentration embraces the ethos of practice and making that characterizes the digital arts and humanities even as it insists on the importance of writing and theory as humanistic practices in their own right.  Students moderating into Experimental Humanities do so simultaneously with their primary program, with the option of adding a practice-rich component to their Senior Project, in conjunction with that program.

 

 

Moderation Requirements:

 

·         Introduction to Media OR History of Experiment

·         One other EH-listed course

 

All candidates for Moderation must demonstrate a clear idea of how the EH concentration will work with their major program of study in their short papers (or, if not moderating simultaneously into a primary program, submit a separate two- to three-page paper addressing this question).  At least one member of the Moderation board should be a faculty member affiliated with EH.

  

Graduation Requirements:  

 

·         Introduction to Media

·         History of Experiment

·         EH cross-listed course

·         EH cross-listed course above the 200-level

·         Practicing Arts course beyond the College arts requirement or a Computer Science course

·         Senior Project I

·         Senior Project II