Quoted in the Emory Wheel

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Oct 052011

I was quoted in an article called “Mellon Foundation Grant Enables Creation of New Research Center” by Rajiv Velury in the Emory Wheel this week. Here’s the quote:

“[The library] is interested in promoting digital scholarship, specifically scholarship that engages in multimedia forms of presentation, online curation, scholarly collaboration and publication in digital and open access environments,” Library Administrator and post-doctoral fellow Roger Whitson wrote in an email to the Wheel.

You can find the complete article on the Emory Wheel website.


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Sep 162011

A few updates since I last posted:

  1. I accepted the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC) at Emory University. I’ll be working on creating digital projects and establishing a digital humanities center in the middle of the Robert W. Woodruff Library. Thus far, the job has been really great.
  2. I was interviewed by Cristina Merrill of the International Business Times about the new Justice League comic. Here’s a selection from the article:

Fan and comic book scholar Roger Whitson, 33, has used comics extensively in his teaching and research. He noted how the first issue of the Justice League relaunch began with two characters that are familiar thanks in part to fairly recent movies.

“So people kind of know these characters,” he said.

Whitson is hoping the series will take a more philosophical approach, as he is interested in comics that make him think.

“I hope it presents a kind of fresh vision of these characters that can challenge people to think in a different way,” he said. “We live in an era where people who make a lot of money tend to get away with a lot. If you look at the politics of the last few years it looks like these multi-billionaires are becoming more untouchable.”

I’ve also been working on the Blake 2.0 Meme Project, and hope to have a first project online in the coming weeks.

Jun 032011

Jennifer Howard recently wrote an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education on “Building a Better University Press.” She mentioned Mark Sample’s recent challenge for a group of scholars to create their own university press. She also quoted from my THATCamp proposal, which was inspired by the challenge:

Inspired in part by a Twitter discussion of some of Sample’s ideas, Roger Whitson, a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has now proposed a session for the upcoming THATCamp at George Mason University. (THATCamp stands for The Technology and Humanities Camp, which operates on a free-wheeling, participant-led unconference model.) This year’s unconference will take place June 3-5—the same time as the AAUP gathering up the road in Baltimore.

On the THATCamp planning blog, Whitson explained what he has in mind.  “I’d like to use the THATCamp spirit (hacking before yacking, collaboration, digital forms of communication) to try to imagine what a digital indie academic press (or UnPress) would look like,” he wrote. “Would it feature articles? Online conferences? Hacking sessions? Multimodal presentations? Could we institute peer-to-peer review? When would we publish?” He said he hoped participants would leave the session with “the beginnings of a plan” for some kind of THATCamp-affiliated indie press.

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Apr 252011

Georgia Tech’s college newspaper, Technique, ran an article about the Atlanta Comics Symposium for their April 15th issue. Here’s a little quote from me, on how to teach comics in a writing course:

“You’re writing all the time, but then when you present someone with the final comic book, the writing is actually embedded in the way you describe the story and illustrations [posted on their blogs] and getting people together,” Whitson said. “I feel like, ultimately, the students produced really great comics.”

You can find the article here.

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