the media of thinking and arguing: paper, dust, discs and the cloud

Some interesting reflections from Gillian Rose about notes and forms of archiving. This is something I think about quite a bit, well aware that had Foucault been a generation younger, the kind of work I’m doing might not be possible in nearly the same way…


I started a new job on 1 October as Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford, so over the summer I cleared out my office at The Open University. I’ve been at The OU for 17 years, so there was a lot of stuff to clear. And a lot of things to reflect on. One of which was the partiality of the shift in my scholarship media from paper to digital.


There were piles of handwritten notes on books and papers in my office, some filed alphabetically by author, and a lot in piles depending on the project they’d been read for. Some lovely juxtapositions emerged as I began to empty the filing cabinets, probably possible only in the freedom of PhD years and in that most eclectic of disciplines, mine, geography.


Some of these handwritten notes went back to my PhD and possibly beyond: faded and yellowing…

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