The Human Text

This week for Jacket2, I shared a few thoughts on the “human” in computer-generated text. The post was inspired by Shelley Podolny’s New York Times essay on the difficulties of distinguishing between human- and computer-generated texts and Akala’s hip hop and Shakespeare TED talk, which my graduate student Megan Grandmont mentioned in an assignment. After … Continue reading

Tweets, Poems, and… Kimchi?

Over at Jacket2, my weekly commentary describes the work of Margaret Rhee, a feminist new media artist and scholar: Kimchi, a Korean side dish of fermented vegetables and spices, is perhaps best known as a polarizing condiment, engendering love, hatred, and YouTube videos of screaming children trying it for the first time. It is also … Continue reading

Postcolonial Digital Poetics

Last fall, Al Filreis, one of my former professors, invited me back to the University of Pennsylvania, my alma mater, for a public conversation on postcolonial digital humanities. While we were catching up before the event, I found myself agreeing to a three-month stint as a commentator for Jacket2, a magazine on contemporary poetry and … Continue reading

_____ DH: Affordances and Limits of Post/Anti/Decolonial and Indigenous Digital Humanities

At HASTAC 2015, I’ll be moderating this exciting roundtable of lightning talks that my fellow panelists and I put together. We’ll be talking about post/anti/decolonial and indigenous approaches to digital humanities. In recent years, scholars have begun pushing back against the ways that digital humanities (DH) has traditionally defined itself, making the case for theoretical … Continue reading

Is a Critical Digital Humanities Possible? Lessons from Postcolonial Digital Humanities

On Thursday, February 19th, 2015, I’m visiting Five College Digital Humanities (5CollDH) in Amherst, Massachusetts to take part in their Digital Humanities Speaker Series. 5CollDH is a consortium for digital humanities at Amherst College, UMass-Amherst, Hampshire College, Smith College, and Mt. Holyoke College. Here’s a brief description of my talk, drawn from my current book … Continue reading

On Disruption, Race, and the Digital Humanities

What follows is a position paper for the panel “Disrupting the Digital Humanities” at the 2015 Modern Language Association Convention in Vancouver. The panel is scheduled for Saturday, January 10th from 8:30-9:45am in 16 Vancouver Convention Center East. My goal here is to offer a meditation on the limits and possibilities of “disruption” for race … Continue reading

The Race for Digitality

I had the pleasure of giving my talk “The Race for Digitality: Connectivity as Diasporic Identity” at African Diaspora 2.0. Here’s an excerpt on race in digital humanities. … I want to begin at the junction of disciplinary knowledge and technical know-how, where tensions emerge between digital humanities and African diaspora studies. If we are to … Continue reading

In Defense of Learning Outcomes

This is the first post in a series of irregular blog posts based on my experience working at a teaching-intensive institution. I’m celebrating an anniversary. A year ago, I met learning outcomes. These (sometimes not-so) pithy statements have been making their way onto syllabi, bloating them beyond recognition. It was, as one might say, love … Continue reading

A Love Letter to Twitter

Thank you to my Twitter interlocutors this morning for feedback on this post during my internal debate over it and for sharing your own experiences. Thanks also for conversations yesterday about social media and academic freedom.  In 2009, while still a graduate student, I was asked to speak at my department’s new student orientation and … Continue reading