Tom Scheinfeldt: Radical Collaboration and Emergent Knowledge at Greenhouse Studios UConn

On Monday, February 5, 2018 at 12 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, Tom Scheinfeldt, Director of Greenhouse Studies at the University of Connecticut, will give a talk, “Radical Collaboration and Emergent Knowledge at Greenhouse Studios UConn.” This event is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow the talk. Radical Collaboration and Emergent Knowledge at Greenhouse Studios UConn Experienced digital humanists know that the best projects aren’t those that draw technology, library, and other expertise together in service to a faculty member’s idea, but rather those that are born from the prior collaboration of developers, designers, librarians, students and faculty members. The reasons for this can be explained in part with reference to the concept of “emergence,” which has been used in disciplines as diverse as philosophy and biology to explain how complex structures can result from a combination of components, none of which on their own exhibit the salient properties of the new structure. Emergence describes the phenomenon by which new patterns arise as systems self-organize, such as the growth of crystalline structures in a snowflake or the complex ebb and flow of a rush hour traffic jam. The concept of emergence can also be used to understand how new ideas arise in the course of an academic collaboration, ideas that weren’t brought to the table by any one team member or from any one discipline. This talk will draw on the concept of emergence to argue against an additive model of collaboration that draws resources...