My name is Michael Widner. I am in the employ of the Stanford University Libraries, where I work as the Academic Technology Specialist for the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL). My role is to work with faculty and their research assistants as a consultant, collaborator, and innovator in DLCL-based digital humanities and instructional technology projects. I also organize and present workshops and lectures on practices and theories in these realms.
I have a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin; my dissertation, titled "Genre Trouble: Embodied Cognition in Fabliaux, Gawain, and Bury St Edmunds," was supervised by Geraldine Heng and Michael Johnson. In my dissertation, I use cognitive science to argue for genre and embodiment as hermeneutic primitives. Thus, I trace variations in the representation of characters’ bodies in fabliau, romance, and chronicle, three of the most important and characteristic genres of medieval literature.
Prior to entering graduate school, I worked for a good number of years as a UNIX Systems Administrator at a local ISP that was eventually absorbed by the corporation now known as AT&T. I can set up a LAMP stack in my sleep. I'm learning to skateboard, which causes me to fall sometimes; I get back up.
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