Calendar

Dates and reading selections may change to reflect the pace and interests of the class. Unless otherwise noted, the material and tasks are due on the date they appear. Deadlines appear in red. 

Part I: Play

Thursday, January 17 (Week 1)

  • Introductions
  • Setting up Slack
  • Davidson Domains
  • The Black Box
  • Guilford’s Alternative Uses Task (1967)

Thursday, January 24 (Week 2)

  • Johan Huizinga, selections from Homo Ludens (1938), pages 96-119
  • Roger Caillois, selections from Man, Play, and Games (1958), pages 122-148
  • Jo Freeman, “The Tyranny of Structurelessness” from Women’s Studies Quarterly (2013), pages 231–246
  • Hack 1 assigned

Thursday, January 31 (Week 3)

Thursday, February 7 (Week 4)

  • Lewis Hyde, selections from Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, and Art (1997), pages 3-14 and 252-280
  • Whitney Phillips and Ryan M. Milner, Introduction and Chapter 1 from The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online (2017), pages 1-57

Part II: Design

Thursday, February 14 (Week 5)

  • Don Norman, “The Three Teapots” and “Three Levels of Design” from Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things (2003), pages 1-11 and 63-98
  • Anne Balsamo, “Design” from International Journal of Learning and Media (2009), pages 1–10
  • Carl DiSalvo, “Design and Agonism” from Adversarial Design (2012), pages 1-26
  • Stan Ruecker and Jennifer Roberts-Smith, “Experience Design for the Humanities: Activating Multiple Interpretations” from Making Things and Drawing Boundaries: Experiments in the Digital Humanities (2017), pages 259–270
  • Hack 2 due

Thursday, February 21 (Week 6)

  • Sara Hendren, “All Technology Is Assistive: Six Design Rules on Disability” from Making Things and Drawing Boundaries: Experiments in the Digital Humanities (2017), pages 139–145
  • Sasha Costanza-Chock, “Design Justice, A.I., and Escape from the Matrix of Domination” (2018)
  • Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, “A/B” and “Design as Critique” from Speculative Everything: Design Fiction and Social Dreaming (2013), pages vii and 33-45
  • Kari Kraus, “Finding Fault Lines: An Approach to Speculative Design” from The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities (2018), pages 162–173
  • Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, “On Nonscalability: The Living World Is Not Amenable to Precision-Nested Scales” from Common Knowledge (2012), pages 505–524
  • Hack 3 assigned

Part III: Hacking and Making

Thursday, February 28 (Week 7)

  • Steven Levy, chapters 1 and 2 of Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution (1984), pages 1-31
  • Gabriella Coleman, chapters 1 and 3 of Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking (2013), pages 25-60 and 93-122
  • Joy Lisi Rankin, selections from A People’s History of Computing in the United States (2018)
  • Play “The Founder” (2017)
  • Hack 3 due

Thursday, March 7 (Spring Break)

  • No class, obviously

Thursday, March 14 (Week 8)

Thursday, March 21 (Week 9)

Thursday, March 28 (Week 10)

Part V: Remixing

Thursday, April 4 (Week 11)

Thursday, April  11 (Week 12)

  • Subjunctive Project assigned

Thursday, April 18 (Week 13)

  • Hack 5 due (and viewing party)

Thursday, April 25 (Week 14)

  • Subjunctive Project workshop

Thursday, May 2 (Week 15)

  • Subjunctive Project Due