our next guest blogger: Geoffrey Rockwell

The fall semester started today. The campus and the whole city undergo a transformation with all the new students (and old students coming back). Life, energy and new possibilities. We have very high hopes for HUMlab this semester and I will blog about seminars etc. soon. But first I have the pleasure of introducing our next guest blogger.

Geoffrey Rockwell is a well-known and well-reputed figure in humanties computing. He is Associate Professor of Multimedia of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (and described as patron saint of humanities computering in Canada:). Dr. Rockwell was involved in starting the undergraduate Multimedia programme at McMaster (which looks like an exciting program – geared towards creating, but with a fair amount of critical perspective etc.) He is presently the Acting Director of the Communication Studies and Multimedia Department (which hosts the program).

Geoffrey blogging will certainly bring a lot of expertise and experience to this blog. In the 2005 ACH/ALLC Conference he was on four panels and in one session. He has been involved in a number of humanities computing-like projects and organizations. For instance he is the project leader of the TAPoR project, which is developing a text tool portal for rearchers who work with electronic text (Swedish language interface recently added). He has also done work on visualization, computer games, humanities computing and philosophy (his book Defining Dialogue: From Socarates to the Internet is available in a preprint version from here). And, of course, Geoffrey Rockwell is also the son of sculptor Peter Rockwell and grandson of renowned illustrator Norman Rockwell (“Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.”).

Geoffrey will be guest blogging here for about two weeks and we are really looking forward to engaging in dialogue with him. An excellent start to the fall semester!