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
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
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
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
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
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