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Perhaps a venue for some to explore? After all, Prof. Marshall McLuhan, insightful new technologies analyst, was a devout Christian himself.

Summer 2012 NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in the DigitalHumanities … and Religion

Spatial Narrative and Deep Maps: Explorations in the SpatialHumanities

June 18-29, 2012

Call for Proposals: Applications due Friday, February 3, 2012

The Virtual Center for Spatial Humanities (VCSH), a multidisciplinary collaboration among Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), Florida State University, and West Virginia University, is pleased to announce an NEH Advanced Institute for summer 2012 designed to advance exploration of key topics in the spatial humanities. The institute will offer scholars the opportunity to discover the benefits of a spatial-analytical approach to humanities scholarship and to explore how to bend geo-spatial technologies, including GIS and Web 2.0 tools, to the needs of the humanities. Two areas of emphasis will be spatial narratives and deep maps. Fellows participating in the program will learn both by engaging with a variety of existing projects as well as through the production of a prototype project in collaboration with the VCSH team. Fellows also will have an opportunity to present their own work and to contribute to scholarly and Web products that result from the institute.

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updated:  Dec 13, 2011

I had the pleasure of attending two invited talks last Friday, one by Douglas Karrow, Associate Professor of science and environmental education at Brock University, and a second one by Craig Perfect, doctoral candidate at McMaster University.

Click on this beautiful orchid image to read Dr Karrow’s philosophically conceptualized story behind it, titled “Reclaiming Mystery: A Disposition to Socio-­Ecological Consciousness”:


Below is  Craig Perfect’s table (some formatting added ) from his talk on the Western view of nature and environmental ethics, referencing Martin Heidegger and a student of his, Hans Jonas, who is known for developing a system of  ethics, the area Heidegger stayed away from. Jonas’s supreme principle of morality in English: “Act so that the effects of your action are compatible with the permanence of genuine human life.” A list of his books.

Click to see a larger image.


Many good, and far-reaching ideas were discussed in the Q&A sessions that followed, which I’ll leave to upcoming theses and publications to cover. 
Just a taste of my concise contribution here…

updated:  Dec 13, 2011

Again, I am behind on events, so gearing up to add a few quick posts re recent events 🙂

Especially ecology-related ones, but also a couple of McLuhan centenary conferences…


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