Critical Making Across the Divisions

A Tri-Co Seminar (Spring 2015)

Call for Applications from Faculty and Staff (Deadline November 26)

(Contact Laura McGrane

What does “making”—whether DIY initiatives, Twitterbots and prototypes, arts fabrication and 3D printing, film and digital media, even lab experimentation—do for and to our scholarship and teaching? How do our materials and media frame us as scholars and teachers?

What is Critical Making?

This seminar considers the role of critical making (digital and otherwise) across the divisions, exploring the political, aesthetic, social, and cultural dimensions of our work. If critical making, as Roger Whitson (2014) writes, “gives us a material understanding of technological ideology,” how might a cross-disciplinary approach to our materials and modes of making broaden the stakes of our individual projects and methodologies?

From data mining to 3D printing; from sculpture and multimedia creativity to scientific and mathematical modeling; from digital adaptations of material texts and objects to gaming and virtual building—this seminar focuses on recent theories and practices that integrate active construction, creation, building and doing.  We will also explore modes of action, collaboration, emergent group dynamics and the creativity engendered by radical experiments in social organization.

The group will meet in six sessions over the spring semester to read and discuss; and experiment with technologies of critical making and construction. In addition, participants will join a session with possible visitors from Google X Innovation Lab; a visit to Philadelphia NextFab; and a workshop with scholars from Toronto’s Critical Maker Lab or Harvard’s metaLAB.

How do I apply?

In a one-page statement, please describe your interest in the Seminar and its relation to your pedagogy or research/scholarship. The group will include participants from Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr and Haverford and will finalize its spring meeting schedule in December.  Send to Laura McGrane by November 26, 2014.

Who should apply?

Faculty and staff from any discipline and research background are welcome to apply. Stipends available for eligible seminar members.


Offered by the Tri-Co DH Initiative with additional support from the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities (HCAH). Faculty organizers include: Laura McGrane (English), Markus Baenziger (Fine Arts), Sorelle Fiedler (Computer Science), and Joshua Moses (Anthropology).



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