Across Two (Imperial) Cultures

On Friday, I had the great honor of giving the closing plenary at the HASTAC 2015 conference. The program committee, who planned a phenomenal conference, had chosen to feature emerging scholars for their plenaries, a decision that is quintessentially HASTAC. My talk was preceded by the opening plenary by Scott Weingart (and no, we didn’t synchronize our talks in advance) and a keynote by artists Cezanne Charles and John Marshall, who will change the way you look at household objects. Thank you, HASTAC 2015 organizers, staff, and volunteers; Michigan State University; and Cathy Davidson, Fiona Barnett, and HASTAC for the opportunity to share my work.
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Revise and Resubmit: An Unsolicited Peer Review

What follows is a response to a recent Hybrid Pedagogy article making the rounds. It serves as a companion piece to one by Alex Gil. We both took time away from writing articles for a digital humanities collection that solicited scholarship engaging with questions of race and difference to write these responses. Alex and I wrote separately and come to these issues with different experiences within the field. Our interests only occasionally overlap but happily co-exist within the universe of digital humanities.
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Toxic Femininity 4.0

A little over a year ago, I spent my spring break in a northern Swedish town called Umeå. Complete strangers had invited me to give a talk at a workshop on digital gender. A little awkward but why not, right? My fantastic hosts at the University of Umeå’s digital humanities center, Humlab, were kind enough to book my flights so I could spend a few days in Stockholm with my sister, who flew over from London to see me. After a great weekend being terrible American tourists whose knowledge of Sweden was limited to vikings, Ikea, and the Swedish Chef (bork bork bork!), I caught a flight to Umeå, a charming town 250 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Continue reading Toxic Femininity 4.0

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 serves as inspiration for the work of Margaret Rhee, a feminist new media artist and scholar. In The Kimchi Poetry Project, she asks, “What feminist methods, histories, and stories can we unearth and create through the poetics of kimchi?” (Rhee, “Installation – The Kimchi Poetry Project”). Rhee’s innovative work explores the possibilities at the intersections of kimchi, tweets, and poetry.

Read more at http://jacket2.org/commentary/tweets-poems-and-kimchi.

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 poetics. Al suggested this would be an opportunity to stretch and think more about form, poetry, and poetics in relation to the work I have already been doing at the intersections of the postcolonial and the digital.Continue reading Postcolonial Digital Poetics

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 project, Postcolonial Digital Humanities, which is under contact with Northwestern University Press. Specifically, my remarks are based on my first chapter, which considers theoretical connections between postcolonial theory and digital humanities, and the second chapter, which looks at key concepts in the postcolonial digital humanities.
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