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
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.
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
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
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
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?