Humanities Teaching and Scholarship in Hyperspace
Prof. Ashton Nichols.
Hyperspace is the new frontier. The World Wide Web and other internet environments are producing revolutionary changes in the ways we teach and conduct scholarship in the humanities. In the coming years, professors, teachers, students, and the general public, will need to adapt their teaching and learning styles to these new environments. Knowledge workers, intellectuals, and creative artists will also use hyperspace as a site for electronic publishing, information exchange, and artistic production. The result will be a new definition of "human" interaction. This presentation assesses a wide range of electronic resources, from electronic syllabi to library archives, from visual images to poetic texts. These resources are already becoming essential tools for our study of the humanities. But these same tools are also producing anxiety, frustration, and even fear on the part of users. Are we losing our humanity or merely making new versions of the human? This presentation will engage conference participants in a discussion of the promise and perils of our evolving electronic world.
Prof. Ashton Nichols (United States)
Curley Faculty Professor of English Language and Literature
Department of English
Ashton Nichols is the John A. Curley '60 and Ann Conser Curley '63 Professor of English Language and Literature at Dickinson College. He is the author of *The Revolutionary I* (Macmillan, 1998) and *The Poetics of Epiphany* (Alabama, 1987). He has recently edited *Romantic Natural Histories: Poetry and Science From Erasmus Darwin to Charles Darwin* (Houghton Mifflin, 2003)
(30 min Conference Paper, English)