Last week, I had the privilege of making a guest appearance over Skype in two history classes at Elizabeth City State University. There, I spoke with introductory and capstone courses about my work in the postcolonial digital humanities and the relationship between history and literature in postcolonial studies. At the request of the professors, I also discussed the significance of undergraduate preparation in both history and digital humanities for jobs after the BA. My impression of my colleagues at ECSU was one of engaged scholar-teachers dedicated to educating their students. Continue reading (Ac)Counting in the Corporate University
This month, I was honored to be featured in a Q&A for the Student Affairs Women Tech Talk “Highlight a Woman” series. The wonderful women at Student Affairs Women Tech Talk share a passion for technology, and their site serves as a forum for student affairs professionals in technology. Even though I’m not in student affairs, I have found the site to be a tremendous resource for academic women in technology more generally. Continue reading Highlight a Woman
Postcolonial Digital Humanities has proposed a roundtable for the 2014 MLA Convention.
Decolonizing DH: Theories and Practices of Postcolonial Digital Humanities
Panelists: Alex Gil (Columbia U), Adeline Koh (Richard Stockton College), Amit Ray (Rochester Institute of Technology), Porter Olsen (Univ. of Maryland, College Park), and Roopika Risam (Salem State U) Continue reading #dhpoco @ MLA
The ominous Friday the 13th was the day all academic job seekers in MLA fields await with nervous anticipation: the annual opening of the Job Information List (JIL), a repository of job ads updated weekly for another, ever-lengthening, season of job searches. A quick search of Twitter keywords “JIL” and “MLAJIL” indicates unsurprising dissatisfaction for the number of jobs available, unsustainable numbers for a pool of job seekers still recovering from the post-2008 job market meltdown, to say nothing of the challenges that existed before 2008. Conventional wisdom and personal experience suggest that more job ads will be forthcoming, given delays in administrative approval of lines that seem to get longer every year. Yet, if the first round of posted jobs is any indicator, it’s business as usual in the 21st-century corporate university. Continue reading Where Have All the DH Jobs Gone?
Several affiliated groups at Emory, including the Black Student Alliance, NAACP, and Change@Emory, asked me to speak at the February 27th Rally Against Racism. This is what I had to say. Continue reading Remarks from Emory’s Rally Against Racism
Gaffe, n. an unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator; a blunder (Google)
For the past 24 hours, members of the Emory community and academics on Twitter have been lighting up social media with outrage and critical conversations about remarks made by Emory University’s president in a column called “As American as … Compromise.” Writing about the cuts to Emory’s academic programs last fall, President James Wagner invokes the 3/5ths compromise as a decision necessary to “form a more perfect union.” Analogously, it seems, the Emory cuts were an imperfect compromise made to form a more perfect university. Continue reading On the Nature of Gaffes
Over the past few months, I have had the chance to collaborate with a number of insightful scholars around issues of social media and public scholarship. One of the fruits of such collaborations is a panel proposal for the Digital Humanities 2013 conference in Lincoln, Nebraska next summer. While we’re still waiting to hear about the status of our panel for that particular conference, we hope it will find voice sooner rather than later. Continue reading Digital Humanities: Egalitarian or the New Elite?
When I first began working, in the summer of 1995, I remember being inculcated with the codes of capitalist labor. The less said about interviews the better, I was told by a parent. Never, my sister instructed, was I to discuss how much I earned with anyone. Erring on the side of good will among friends and colleagues, these aren’t the worst suggestions. However, I’m increasingly convinced that such instructions explicitly disfavor the worker, favoring management and reproducing inequities of the capitalist system. Continue reading Job Search 2.0: Breaking the Silence
I didn’t think my foray into academic blogging would begin with what I jokingly dubbed #Twittergate, but in this fast-paced digital age, much is beyond our control. The very question of control animated a conversation about the ethics of live tweeting from conferences on Twitter last night and this morning. If you missed it, check out Adeline Koh’s Storify, “What Are the Ethics of Live Tweeting at Conferences,” and Tressie Cottom’s “An Idea is a Dangerous Thing to Quarantine” for a primer. Continue reading Conference Live Tweets: Twitter Good or #Twittergate?