Object of the Archive, Part III: What is an Archive?

Jake Cowan

Digital Archiving

In my last couple of posts, I interrogated what might be meant by common words like “object” and “thing” in a digital context. Utilizing distinctions made by Martin Heidegger, I suggested that we experience the world around us in terms of objects when we look only for what is present, what is scientifically verifiable, what is calculable, in a manner the philosopher calls Vorhandenheit, or present-at-hand. Alternatively, Heidegger offers us the notion of a thing, which gathers its surrounding context together in its use, which

Object of the Archive, Part II: What is a Thing?

Jake Cowan

Digital Archiving

In my previous post, I began to define what we might mean when we call something an “object” by way of the philosopher Martin Heidegger’s term Vorhandenheit. With this neologism, which is translated as the compound present-at-hand, Heidegger articulates an abstract, indifferent, and theory-driven way of relating to an entity that narrowly focuses on its empirical and scientific qualities.

(Un)Dead Links

Amy Tuttle

Digital Archiving

What good is a dead link? Maybe a dead link is no good at all. After all, the functionality of links lies at the very core of the internet’s navigability. A live link is a path to content; it is a means for users to access the content of a target page to which the jump command is “linked.” These navigable links are more or less solely responsible for the rapid growth of the World Wide Web.

Object of the Archive, Part I: What is an Object?

Jake Cowan

Digital Archiving

This semester, DWRL staff members working in the Digital Archiving Research Area (DARA) have been tasked with exploring the technological, pedagogical, and theoretical intersection of two formidable abstractions: The Archive and the Object. These are vibrantly contested terms, around which significant differences in epistemological and discursive practice turn. Like black holes colliding, the meeting of these rhetorical question marks will send waves throughout the university—or such is our gambit.

Introducing Our Research Areas: Digital Archiving

DWRL Staff

Digital Archiving

Image showing a traditional archive containing many manilla document folders

Archival theories and practices have long been central to scholarship on rhetorical history. With the emergence of technologies in digital archiving, however, and as rhetorical scholars have become involved in the construction of digital archives and exhibits, we increasingly recognize archives themselves as rhetorical entities.