Tuesday 26th November, 2013
1:30pm to 1:55pm
The so-called ‘spatial turn’ in history has led to new conceptualisations of space, place, locus and site. Drawing on the work of Doreen Massey and Tim Hitchcock, this presentation uses the example of New Zealander Robert Coupland Harding (1849-1916) and his landmark journal, Typo, to demonstrate how new geotemporal visualisation tools such as Neatline, HistoryPin and HyperCities illuminate the individual and its networks.
That practice is not without its implications however; as Tim Hitchcock says, we need to interrogate ‘how the evolution of the forms of delivery and analysis of text inherent in the creation of the online, problematizes and historicises the notion of the book as an object, and as a technology; and in the process problematizes the discipline of history itself as we practise it in the digital present.’
This presentation will engage with Hitchcock’s call for interrogation as it plots Harding’s extensive local and international connections, tracing the dissemination of his design principles around New Zealand, and charting his downward spiral from relative prosperity in Napier to bankruptcy in Wellington.
Dr Sydney Shep is Senior Lecturer in Print and Book Culture and The Printer at Wai-te-ata Press, Victoria University of Wellington.
Flora Feltham is an information scientist by trade and currently enrolled in Masters of Information Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.
Sara Bryan undertakes TEI mark-up and populating our entity authorities at Victoria University of Wellington.
2pm 100 years ago today: a history in Tweets for WW100 by Kirstie Ross and Virginia Gow
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