Author Archives: melissamott

What’s in a Square?: Imagined, Digital, and on the Move

I sometimes feel like even the word ‘technology’ is dated, timestamped, monolithic, at best. It feels like the moment it leaves your mouth, you instantaneously become older, more out of touch, and there is somehow some new, evolved, multifaceted device, … Continue reading

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 “Let This Be Your Home” Exploring the Great Migration, Philadelphia, and the making of the New North.

Introduction “It’s a funny thing,” realtor Isadore Martin recalled in 1984, “but in the South to own your own home was a very important thing.” The Great Migration Project explores the relationship between the ideologies, artifacts, and attachments involved in … Continue reading

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The Whitney Plantation – destruction and decolonization in archival work

Go on in…You have to go inside. When you walk in that space, you can’t deny what happened to these people. You can feel it, touch it, smell it. – New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to tourists at the Whitney … Continue reading

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digital epistemology and decolonizing the internet or: the internet is terrifying

Epistemology is defined as ‘the study or a theory of the nature and grounds of knowledge especially with reference to its limits and validity’ but the epistemology of the digital is not primarily the theory of knowledge or the mutation … Continue reading

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Acceleration, Collective Memory, and Improvised Memorials

The readings this week remind us that nothing is ahistorical. Not the movement of a body dancing, nor the fitting of clothes, the range and tone of a singer’s voice, nor the notes she hits. There are traces of memory … Continue reading

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The work of recovery and the vision of a digital utopia

What does it mean to be human in the digital world? (picturing humans doing the robot, robots doing the human, etc.)  Just the phrase, “digital humanities” is fascinating – I’ve always thought of the humanities as a field where we … Continue reading

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