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.Continue reading The Human Text
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.
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
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.
Continue reading _____ DH: Affordances and Limits of Post/Anti/Decolonial and Indigenous 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.
Continue reading Is a Critical Digital Humanities Possible? Lessons from Postcolonial 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 in digital humanities scholarship. Continue reading On Disruption, Race, and the Digital Humanities
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 “do” the digital well, we must approach it through the lenses that shape our domains. Therefore, the race for digitality asks where discourses of race – critical race theory, black radical thought, intersectional feminism, womanism – reside in relation to the digital. It’s a question of how scholars of the African diaspora produce new ways of thinking about race through digital humanities. Moreover, it asks how we can develop new approaches to digital humanities by thinking about race. Continue reading The Race for Digitality
This is the first post in a series of irregular blog posts based on my experience working at a teaching-intensive institution.
Continue reading In Defense of Learning Outcomes
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 give the students advice on being successful in the program. The first idea that came to mind? Use Twitter. My DGS was horrified and followed up by saying graduate students shouldn’t “waste time” with that. Fortunately, my general disposition towards graduate school was to ignore all the advice I was being given because I knew then that Twitter would play a significant role in my academic career. Continue reading A Love Letter to Twitter
Yesterday, I gave a talk for Emory University’s Center for Faculty Development and Excellence at an event called “Scholarly Writing in the Digital Milieu.” Since my slides seemed to strike a chord when I shared them, I thought I’d post the talk itself.
The talk is based on an article I wrote for a journal and is a meditation on the challenges that I, as a new tenure-track faculty member, consider in relation to digital scholarship.
Continue reading Peer Review and Digital Scholarship