Class conversation with Judith Davidson


For last night’s class with Dr. Liora Bresler, we talked with Judith Davidson, a professor at UMass Lowell. Her chapter with Silvana di Gregorio provided us insights into historical trajectories of digital technologies and qualitative research. Her talk and Q&A updated us on some of her more recent lines of inquiry.

Here are my tweets from the conversation, plus a few comments as I publish this post.

Yes! Technologies much more broadly than digital…

Talk about academic envy!

Judith’s comment about starting with our being narrative animals and thus inviting in the tools we need – probably my favorite of the conversation.

Yes yes yes. This was especially important as we talked about researchers who might rely on the visual “prettiness” of their data and not into its depth or relationship to their findings. It’s not the fault of the digital tool – our tools are only as smart as we make them.


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