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
My colleagues Adeline Koh of Richard Stockton College, Amit Ray of Rochester Institute of Technology, and I were thrilled by the invitation to host a week of the Critical Code Studies Working Group 2014 in March. We chose to focus on what a postcolonial critical code studies might look like. Thanks to Mark Marino, Jeremy Douglass, and Viola Lasmana for helping us get started!
Continue reading Coding in Global Englishes
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
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