EXPERIMENTAL HUMANITIES CONCENTRATION

Interdivisional

http://eh.bard.edu/

Updated April 25, 2019

  

Advising Faculty

 


1.     Maria Sachiko Cecire - Literature (coordinator)

2.     Sven Anderson – Computer Science

3.     Thomas Bartscherer – Humanities

4.     Alex Benson – Literature

5.     Katherine M. Boivin – Art History

6.     Krista Caballero – American Studies

7.     Ben Coonley - Film

8.     Christian Crouch – History

9.     Robert J. Culp - History

10.   Adhaar Noor Desai – Literature (leave of absence spring ‘19)

11.   Tabetha Ewing - History

12.   Miriam Felton-Dansky - Theater

13.   Jacqueline Goss – Film (on sabbatical fall ’18)

14.   Benjamin Hale – Written Arts

15.   Ed Halter - Film

16.   Thomas Keenan – Human Rights

17.   Alex Kitnick – Art History

18.   Laura Kunreuther – Anthropology

19.   Marisa Libbon – Literature

20.   Patricia Lopez-Gay - Spanish

21.   Susan Merriam – Art History

22.   Gregory B. Moynahan – History

23.   Keith O’Hara – Computer Science

24.   Julia Rosenbaum – Art History

25.   Whitney Slaten - Music

26.   Nathan Shockey - Literature, Japanese

27.   Drew Thompson – History

28.   Olga Touloumi – Art History (leave of absence spring ‘19)

29.   Dominique Townsend – Religion

30.   Robert Weston – Human Rights


  

 

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