I am pleased to announce that I will be the permanent feature editor for a new journal called Verge: Studies in Global Asias, sponsored by the Penn State Asian Studies Department and published by the University of Minnesota Press. I will be editing a feature called Interface that showcases digital humanities work within Asian and Asian American Studies. The senior editors of Verge are Tina Chen and Eric Hayot.
Verge is an especially exciting journal because it combines two fields that have traditionally defined themselves as methodologically and ideologically separate—Asian Studies and Asian American Studies. While Asian Studies has established itself via Area Studies approaches, frequently emphasizing the nation-state and politics, Asian American studies has in turn focused racial and ethnic categories and citizenship in the United States. Verge seeks to provide a space for a rapproachement of both fields by investigating possible interconnections in each, rethinking the concept of the regional and the transnational, and reconceptualizing both Asian and Asian American studies in light of the global Asian diasporas.
This post is a call for submissions to the Interface section of Verge. Interface will be focused on overviews, critiques and/or theoretical interventions in digital humanities work in Asian/Asian American Studies. If you have a digital humanities project, approach, tool, study or critique, please feel contact me to discuss a possible submission. Each Interface section will feature three brief essays by different scholars on digital humanities work in both fields.
I am excited by the transformative possibilities that Interface offers to the digital humanities as well as Asian and Asian American Studies. Interface aims to provide a space to explore how the digital requires a fundamental rethinking of the humanities and social sciences, through the lens of Asian/Asian American Studies. Please do share this call widely. Interested parties may contact me at Adeline[dot]Koh[at]stockton[dot]edu. I look forward to hearing from you.