The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
Re-viewing Digital Technologies and Art History
Kimon Keramidas, New York University and The Graduate Center, CUNY
Ellen Prokop, The Frick Art Reference Library
By raising awareness of the importance of integrating technology into intellectual work, The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (JITP) promotes fluency in computational tools and analytical techniques and enhances our understanding of the role that new technologies play across different disciplines. This special issue focuses on digital art history (DAH), an emerging subfield of art history that considers how new technological tools have led to new strategies in teaching, research, conservation, and curation.
Interest in digital tools among art historians is uneven: while many have eagerly adopted new technologies and applied them to their research and teaching, others have been less willing to experiment with new methodologies and pedagogical practices. In an era of collaborative platforms and flipped classrooms, the PowerPoint lecture still holds sway. Surprisingly, for a professional field increasingly reliant on digital outreach and complex technological analysis, training and professional development often remains focused on survey-style classes and traditional curatorial practice. This issue aims to engage with these questions from a wide range of positions that explore how the digital has impacted the practice of art history as well as examine how DAH can improve current understanding of our shared visual and material culture.
We welcome submissions from authors across the academic spectrum, both within traditional art history departments and without, as well as curators, conservators, educators, and other art professionals. As always JITP encourages submissions in non-traditional publication formats. For this issue in particular we encourage innovative submissions that highlight the question of visuality and the digital. Possible topics include:
- fundamental shifts in the understanding of visual and material culture through the digital lens
- teaching visual culture literacy in K-12 curricula
- DAH in cultural heritage vs. the academy
- the impact of DAH on traditional art history curricula and career paths
- big data projects, data visualization, and digital scholarship in the study of visual culture
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- Assignments publishes syllabi, lesson plans, and assignments that highlight interactive technology and pedagogy, along with a short narrative reflection (suggested length of 800–1,200 words) on how well the assignment worked in practice. Links to a class website or online responses to the assignment would be ideal. Before submitting, please review our published Assignments pieces and include a brief statement (1-2 sentences) that explains why your submission is appropriate for this section. Questions about this section should be sent to email@example.com with “Assignment query” in the subject line.
- Blueprints features short recipes for digital teaching and research – series of replicable steps that can be shared among instructors and researchers. JITP invites digital scholars to submit innovative recipes or innovative applications of a standard recipe, and/or reflections about using such recipes (see The Programming Historian for reference). Before submitting, please review our published Blueprints pieces and include a brief statement (1-2 sentences) that explains why your submission is appropriate for this section. Please click here to read more about our Blueprints requirements.
- We invite Reviews of new and important texts in the field, as well as reports from noteworthy conferences and workshops relevant to the subjects of technology and pedagogy. If you have an idea for a review, or would like to hear about upcoming reviewing opportunities, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Review query” in the subject line.
- Teaching Fails publishes ideas that fell flat—assignments that didn’t work out, readings, projects, or digital tools that none of your students understood. Tell us your story as a way of thinking through what went wrong. Fail better by helping others learn from your mistakes. The suggested length for a Teaching Fails submission is 800-1,200 words. Before submitting, please review our published Teaching Fails pieces and include a brief statement (1-2 sentences) that explains why your submission is appropriate for this section. Questions about this section should be sent to email@example.com with “Teaching Fail query” in the subject line.
- Tool Tips calls for examinations of a digital tool or a set of comparable tools that you have used in a class. We are most interested in pedagogical uses of tools for instruction, or tools used by students to accomplish academic work. The best submissions will address how smoothly the tool worked and detail its strengths and drawbacks. Links to online examples of the tool being utilized would be ideal. The suggested length for a Tool Tips submission is 800–1,200 words. Before submitting, please review our published Tool Tips pieces and include a brief statement (1-2 sentences) that explains why your submission is appropriate for this section. Submissions that do not adhere to our Short Forms section will be rejected. We do not accept product advertisements. Questions about this section should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Tool Tips query” in the subject line.
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