Johanna Drucker gave the third lecture in the 3DH series. She talked about 3 dimensional digital humanities and how she conceives of the road ahead of us. She started with the goal of the project:
To develop a conceptual blueprint for next generation digital humanities visualizations.
What would that mean? How can we do it? To do this we need to understand where we are and where we have to go and her talk did that by touching on:
- How visualizations have an imprinted form of argument that comes from their origins.
- Understand ideas about languages of form – ideas about how one can systematize the visual.
- Look at how contemporary DH people use visualizations and what work do they want them to do.
- Understand conventions of pictorial imagery and how most visualizations are pictorially impoverished.
- Identify the epistemological challenges ahead.
She noted that 3DH is focusing on the visualizations of humanities documents and humanistic inquiry. Humanists are engaged in the production, interpretation, and preservation of human record. We need to think about problems of our practices like interpretation.