Twyla Gibson

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Assistant Professor

221K Townsend Hall
(573) 882-5981
gibsontg@missouri.edu
http://twylagibson.com/

Research Areas

  • History and philosophy of information, media, communication, and digital humanities research
  • Philosophy of technology (ethics, aesthetics, epistemology)
  • Ancient philosophy (especially Plato) and comparative religion

Academic Background

  • Ph.D. University of Toronto, Philosophy of Education, 2000
  • M.A. University of Toronto, Philosophy of Education, 1993
  • B.A. University of Toronto, Joint-Specialist, Philosophy and Religious Studies, 1988

Research

Ancient Texts | New Media | Future Ethics: Case Studies in Digital Text Analysis

Point of Contact: Twyla Gibson at gibsontg@missouri.edu
The international collaborative project involves conceptualizing new theoretical constructs and methodologies in the study of media, communication, and information. The interdisciplinary research at the intersection of ancient studies, digital humanities, and contemporary ethics involves developing an application programming interface (API) that will make it possible to pursue “big data” textual research across texts and traditions. The aim is to show the potential for innovative methodologies in digital textuality, intertextuality, and classification to uncover new information concerning foundational source texts of world cultures [Students can pursue programming, interaction design, studies in comparative textual research, philosophy, classics, religious studies, etc.]

 

Before Babel: The Universal Language and the Origins of Cultures

Point of Contact: Twyla Gibson at gibsontg@missouri.edu
The notion that there once existed a language common to all people that was lost in the Fall or the confusion at Babel has engaged philosophers and religious scholars for millennia. This project involves developing digital text analysis techniques to investigate the possibility that this idea is more than a legend [Students can pursue programming, interaction design, studies in comparative textual research, philosophy, classics, religious studies, etc.]

 

Digital Humanities Commons @ The Allen Institute (DHC)

Point of Contact: Twyla Gibson at gibsontg@missouri.edu
The DHC serves as MU’s nexus of digital scholarship and innovation. Its mission is to promote faculty research projects and catalyze new scholarship in Digital Humanities. The facility offers a dedicated space, technical expertise, and networks for collaboration in a unique laboratory that aims to advance the work of arts and humanities faculty and their senior graduate students [students have a range of opportunities to work on different projects with faculty from various departments at MU in roles such as interaction design, programming, digital research design, communication and public relations, grant sponsored work, etc.]

 

Greek Key Virtual Research Environment (VRE)

Point of Contact: Twyla Gibson at gibsontg@missouri.edu
This project involves developing a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) — i.e., a suite of tools and resources designed to help manage the increasingly complex range of tasks involved in bringing together scholars across disciplines and from around the globe to collaborate virtually on both small and large scale research on early source texts [Students can pursue programming, interaction design, studies in comparative textual research, philosophy, classics, religious studies, etc.]

 

MediaTropes

Point of Contact: Twyla Gibson at gibsontg@missouri.edu
A peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal for research on media and mediation [students can work as editors, proofreaders, commissioning articles etc. ]