What is the story we tell about the origins of modern data visualization? What alternate histories might emerge, what new forms might we imagine, and what new arguments might we make, if we told that story differently?
Imagine you are living in a neighborhood of 20,000 people and the city planning department proposes to build a number of high-rises with corresponding enlargements of roads etc. Many hate the idea and plan actions against it but there are also businesses, manufacturers, parents who want their children walk and bike to school, disenfranchised and poor sub-communities, and so on. This is an example of a so-called wicked problem. Problems are wicked if they cannot even be clearly stated because there is no agreement about what the problem exactly is.
This grant aims to use the Syrian refugee crisis as a case study to both educate Tech students about a particular global problem and to empower them as producers (rather than consumers) of pedagogy and scholarship by generating projects about the Syrian refugee crisis using the tools and innovations of digital humanities. Ultimately, these projects will be made available as resources that can be used as lesson plans about the Syrian refugee crisis in Georgia public middle school classrooms.
In the spring of 2016, the STS advanced seminar course titled Critical Theory, Social Justice, and Philosophy of Design will be paired with a project studio titled, Sweet Auburn: Birthplace of Ideas as part of Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center initiative.
REUL Lab will change the way companies impose terms of service and end-user license agreements (EULAs), helping them to meet some of the ethical and practical standards suggested by humanities-informed theories; and encourage consumers to engage with with these texts to make their consent/assent to them more meaningful.
We propose to dramatically expand access by building a networked, digital archive that will enable diverse stakeholders, including student and community researchers as well as professional academics, to pursue more open-ended interpretive experiences that can potentially enhance the quality and relevance historical education, and in the process empower civic participation.
Local art groups and artists will provide Georgia Tech undergraduate students with an outlet for exploring their technical work in a more expressive and representational field – especially for students in fields related to digital media, design, and computing – with humanistic perspectives of the work being integrated into their practice. We call this collaboration between courses offered in LMC by Dr. Brian Magerko and local arts organizations GT TAP: the Georgia Tech Technical Arts Practicum.The theme for TAP projects this year is Technology and Joy.
This work of mixed-media scholarship will bring together not only documentary and data visualization but also multiple authors and languages in order to illuminate facets of life and work as experienced by Latinos in a section of the city too often overlooked by Georgia Tech.