A New Year’s Eve

I have dreaded the approach of 2016 for quite some time. I had a nagging feeling about turning 40 in 2016 and having achieved nothing. But something changed, somehow, at some point. While I spent the whole Christmas break working on copy-editing a volume and improving my introduction to it (an activity that has become my personal Christmas ritual over the last few years), I did not feel the weight of results to be achieved – fast – or else – be condemned to doom on whatever Academic doomsday is deciding about our destinies. This is how the previous years ended: not having done all the work, additional work coming, expectations rising higher, and still feeling like having achieved close to nothing. New Year’s Eve was a climax of unachieved things and even more expectations piling up.  Continue reading “A New Year’s Eve”

Being cute (portrait of the scientist as a reviewer)

Of course, I could and would work tonight. But my brain is fried after over 6 hours of tele/videoconference today. Also, I had a meeting with the school administration of my district in between telcos and have to think about what it means for the next steps in bringing refugee children to school. So let me tell you some more about my experience as a reviewer for DH-related conferences.

November-december is, traditionally, DH-reviewing time. It all started two years ago, Continue reading “Being cute (portrait of the scientist as a reviewer)”

Femme romantique, femme numérique – un hommage à Ada Lovelace

Le texte ci-dessous est celui de mon intervention à la soirée consacrée à Ada Lovelace à l’institut d’études avancées de Paris le 2 décembre 2015. On m’a justement fait remarquer que la notion de romantisme aurait gagné à être définie. Je promets de développer cet aspect (laissé ici, il est vrai, un peudans le flou, pour des raisons de temps de parole) dans la version finale, qui incluera également la bibliographie sur laquelle je me suis appuyée. 

Les orateurs et oratrices précédents ont déjà souligné la façon dont le parcours d’Ada Lovelace entrelace mathématiques et poésie et peut servir de figure tutélaire aux humanités numériques. Il est vrai en effet que les humanités numériques d’aujourd’hui ont beaucoup à apprendre des complémentarités disciplinaires qui ont dominé le XVIIIème siècle et sont encore perceptibles dans le courant du XIXème siècle. Continue reading “Femme romantique, femme numérique – un hommage à Ada Lovelace”