Blog Post #10

This class has been an incredible breeding ground for new knowledge and skills. As an art history Master’s student, this is a required class that is meant to introduce us to a broader range of ways art data can be analyzed. And by pointing out this was required for my Master’s degree is not a knock against the class! If anything, I was originally worried it would be so advanced that I would struggle greatly. (My family members pointed this out as well since I worked with PHD students.) I am happy to say that wasn’t the case due to the instruction and helpful, kind classmates. I can truly say that I have learned a lot even though some week’s were admittedly tougher than others. I have learned to code text-adventure games (useful for my creative projects as well as educational), learned a little HTML, learned about website accessibility, and have even worked on creating a digital art history exhibit with my peers.

What I’m taking away here is there are endless possibilities in the realm of art history. When I was younger, it always seemed like there were two options: You become a professor or art curator. But learning about DH has shown me there is more then one path to work in this field. This is something I had already begun to learn in my other classes as well. It’s a comforting thought to know that there isn’t one way to fulfill your career ideals. The world isn’t just black and white, after all. I do genuinely want to be a professor but for all I know, I could end up in as a full-time archeologist or even in a lab somewhere. Maybe this all should have seemed obvious but when you’re in high school, you have so much on your plate that your future already seems decided.

Risam’s article gave a great overview of how the parameters of DH can keep expanding to include more diversity. Because history was originally written by white European men. In modern times we see the history books being rewritten so we can get closer to the truth. This is, of course, true for art history as well. For example, we can have a more nuanced discussion by having women writing about female art titans like Frida Kahlo and Artemisia Gentileschi. As DH expands, I hope we continue to see the increase in historians from marginalized groups making use of it. I imagine the Native Americans could create better interactive maps of how America looked before the settlers. And the people of Polynesia and Micronesia could do the same with their islands. People who speak dying languages like Gaelic can record the language structure before they are gone forever. (I mention Gaelic because I know there is a current attempt to save the language!) Even with with today’s current situation in America, I’m sure someone is out there arching all the content from hashtags like #BLM and #BlackArtistSpace so we can look back and see how the online world reacted to real-time events.

5 comments on Blog Post #10

  1. Hi, Emily,
    You correctly noted that “learning about DH has shown me there is more than one path to work in this field.” From two options (a professor or Curator), as you noted, humanity has moved to the Sky is the limit model. Enough to set up a nice blog for about a $30 annual fee (I think that’s how much Recclaim charges) to become a public person. Technically, one can go public more easily using social media platforms; however, I mean a more professional engagement.
    With the site’s popularity growing and a functional button – the blogger may become a professional-celebrity person who also makes earns thanks to his/her blog. I have learned about several people, including historians, who successfully followed this pattern. The sky is the limit.

  2. Glad you enjoyed this class and working with you was wonderful this semester! I am excited to see where you go in your graduate career and beyond; if DH is in the cards, I’ll always be willing to help! (Or otherwise, if I can, buy you do really cool ancient stuff that is out of my realm).

    I have the same hopes that you pointed out from the Risam article. It’s an interesting dichotomy – the possibilities for inclusion and representation in DH, but the nuance and structural issues that make it hard. Hoping the good stuff comes out on top.

  3. I am with you, Emily. I was very skeptical about this class and honestly had no reason to be. I truly enjoyed this class so much. The different activities and readings for DH really opened up the different possibilities there are for the field of history and art history. I definitely learned a lot! I know I had the same thoughts about possible fields going forward and over the years those have expanded. Now with DH, I can see there are many more possibilities.

  4. Emily, I’m glad you finished the class on a note of optimism and that you have found some new interests within the field. You bring up at the very end a point we haven’t discussed much in this class is the use of # as history in real time. Another thing to think about.

  5. It was really encouraging to read about how many doors just one semester’s worth of DH opened for you! If this class and the readings we’ve been assigned are any indication, there are countless more avenues to explore as you advance in your academic journey from the university to your career. I share a similar excitement as I face having to teach undergrads in the near future, especially with all of the tools and knowledge I’ve picked up from this class. Best of luck!

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