The Development and Importance of XML

XML, or Extensible Markup Language provides definitive rules for the encoding of documents in a format which is both machine-readable and human-readable. It was developed because there was a recognised need for a persistent, simple and usable alternative to the much more inflexible HTML, which was being used for tasks it was not intended for, […]

Wilful Ignorance; Disconnected Society

Considering the idea of wilful ignorance and disconnected society through comparing three approaches; Jim Dator, Jesse Schell and Ken Robinson. Dator’s article shines a light on the wilful ignorance of humanity, but particularly government, in relation to environmental responsibility. The prioritisation of economic growth over the health of the planet is irresponsible at best, intentionally […]

The Beginnings of Ecofeminism

The term “ecofeminism” or ecological feminism was first used to describe the joining of feminism with the radical ecology or environmental movement, by French feminist Françoise d’Eaubonne, in her books Le féminisme ou la mort, 1974 (Feminism or Death) and Ecologie-feminisme:revolution ou mutation (Eco-feminism: Revolution or Mutation?). Long before the term was first introduced, naturalist […]

Witches, Midwives and Nurses

Witches, Midwives and Nurses The suppression of women, and of the “feminine” in healthcare first becomes obvious historically during the 15th Century, where “a widespread moral panic suggesting that malevolent Satanic witches were operating as an organized threat to Christendom” gave rise to the widespread interrogation, torture and murder of female healers, perceived and painted […]

Reflection on Digital Tools in the Humanities

Reflecting on how the use of digital tools has impacted on the humanities, and also how I will apply the use of specific digital tools to my own research, I realise how much Digital Humanities is at the forefront of change. DH, as an interdisciplinary mode of enquiry, has embraced the inevitable and juggernaut-like changes […]