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Humanist Archives: Jan. 20, 2019, 6:44 a.m. Humanist 32.360 - scholarship on graffiti

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    [1]    From: Jim Rovira 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.357: scholarship on graffiti (60)

    [2]    From: Willard McCarty 
           Subject: reason for asking about graffiti (47)

        Date: 2019-01-19 16:17:00+00:00
        From: Jim Rovira 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.357: scholarship on graffiti

I don't think that was it, but what a great link. For some reason I am
under the impression it was a smaller city, maybe midwestern, and I don't
think the NYC project had a virtual, 3-D map of NYC. Sounds like something
that needs to be done.

Jim R

On Sat, Jan 19, 2019 at 2:27 AM Humanist  wrote:

> I wonder whether New York City Graffiti and Street Art Project mentioned in
> the following blog post of DH GIS projects might be the one that was
> discussed at MLA. It seems to have either moved or gone offline as I
> received 404 error when clicking on the link.
> http://anterotesis.com/wordpress/mapping-resources/dh-gis-projects/
> Sara A Schmidt
> --
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        Date: 2019-01-19 08:02:56+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: reason for asking about graffiti

Bill Benzon has asked why I asked about scholarship on graffiti. My
reason was better to understand what happens when people add comments to
things (broadly understood), whether these things are notebooks,
diaries, printed books, manuscripts or other physical objects, such as
walls of buildings. The last of these brings graffiti into the picture.
The particular graffito that I first had in mind is in the Dictionary of
Words in the Wild (lexigraphi.ca), "If the leaders are impotent... only
the people can rise" (https://lexigraphi.ca/home/photo?entity=964). The
Dictionary entry is a photo I took in Belfast, Northern Ireland, ca. 

The topic of marginalia in printed books has been studied e.g. by Heather 
Jackson in Marginalia: Readers writing in books (2001), covering the 18th 
to the 20th Centuries; glossing in manuscripts e.g. by Mariken Teeuwen and
others in The Annotated Book in the Early Middle Ages: Practices of
Reading and Writing (2017); recording scientific experiments e.g. by
David Gooding in Experiment and the Making of Meaning: Human Agency in
Scientific Observation and Experiment (1990). Were I to give such an
example for contemporary graffiti on the level of seriousness of these, 
what would it be? My guess at the moment would be something by Vilém 
Flusser, perhaps Gestures (Gesten: Versuch einer Phänomenologie). 
But that's only an example, and I would also like to know what 
the competitors would be. Scribbling through the Ages (2018), ed. 
Ragazzoli et al, seems excellent but mostly focuses on ancient 

For graffiti there's quite a lot of work done for the ancient variety,
e.g. at Pompeii, of course. The shock-value of including a very modern
example, such as my Belfast photo recommends doing that, since it
directs attention to the common ground: can such a thing be included?
Jackson does much the same in the introduction to her book, though her
aim is to raise the interesting historical question of when we begin to
dismiss scribbles as defacements. My question is more inward-focused:
what happens cognitively in the moment of the writing?

I hope the above is not too hairbrained (hare-brained) to make sense.

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Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London;
Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary
Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist

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