Now for the next step after the postcolonial digital humanities tumblr: the #DHPoco website. Roopika and I hope this will become the space for more concentrated inquiry into the possibilities and shape of this new field. Check out our mission statement and founding principles. We gladly consider submissions.
Help us storm Wikipedia! In celebration of Women’s History Month and WikiWomen’s History Month, groups across the United States are organizing both virtual and in-person meet-ups to edit Wikipedia to include more perspectives on women and people of color on Friday: #tooFEW—a feministWikipedia edit-a-thon! Originally conceived of as part of a virtual way to connect the upcoming THATCamp unconferences on feminism, there are now widespread events everywhere. If you can’t find a way to physically get to one of the edit-a-thon parties, please consider just jumping in, editing entries and following on the Twitter conversations using the hashtag: #tooFEW. Amanda Starling Gould and I are organizing a splinter event with Duke at the Franklin Humanities Institute, with the sponsorship of the Duke PhD lab and HASTAC.
Here’s some ways you can get involved in the Edit-a-Thon:
Help generate ideas for new entries or entries to be improved – you can add your ideas to our working list here
Participate in wikipedia community
Sign up for a wikipedia account (consider using a pseudonym at the outset, you can always change it once you’re comfortable)
Watch this video to learn just how to edit Wikipedia. Be sure to set aside some time for this video, it’s an hour long, and we recommend clicking on FLASH – it tends to play better that way. (Although, we will provide editing help at the edit-a-thon, if you don’t have time to do this.)
Join us virtually by doing your work during our edit-a-thon, tweet to let us know you’re out there using the hashtag #tooFEW. We’ll be live editing from 11am-3pm EST, Friday March 15,
Join us in person at:
1) THATCampFeminisms West: We will be working in person (at Honnold-Mudd Libraryin Claremont) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST. We are encouraging all THATCamp attendees to join us and we welcome those who cannot attend in person to join us virtually.
3) Duke University: We will be working in person at the Franklin Humanities Insititute Conference Room, Bay 4, C-107, Smith Warehouse from 1pm-3pm.The event is sponsored by HASTAC and the Duke PhD lab. Anyone is welcome to join in, or if you cannot come physically, do think about joining us virtually!
Students – Do they need extra credit? Can this be a class project? Are you learning about some really cool people in POC/Trans*/Queer/Women’s History that don’t have wiki pages or have pages with bad information? You can fix it!
Friends – Do you know other folks who should know about this? Please spread this information to activists you know, faculty, etc. Everyone is welcome!
Organizations – These edit-a-thons work best with lots of folks working on specific things. Do you know orgs like INCITE or SONG that know specific types of folks who should be added to wikipedia or projects folks should know about?
Too swamped and don’t want to login to Wikipedia but would like to contribute? Add your idea to this Google doc.
We look forward to seeing you on Wikipedia and the hashtag #tooFEW!
Introducing the superhero of our postcolonial digital humanities comic strip–Subaltern Woman, designed by Roopika Risam!
The first of hopefully many more with my co-conspirator, Roopika Risam!
Here are the slides for my opening remarks to our MLA 13 panel, “Representing Race: Silence in the Digital Humanities,” Scheduled for Friday, 10.15am, Gardner, Sheraton. #MLA13 #s239
Below are the slides to my 10 minute presentation, “Navigating Archival Silence: Creating a Nineteenth Century Postcolonial Archive” presented at the 2013 Modern Language Association annual meeting. The presentation is part of the panel “Representing Race: Silence in the Digital Humanities.”
On November 16 I gave a webinar on Race and the Digital Humanities for NITLE. You can find my slides and links to our shared google doc and public Zotero library below.
Link to #TransformDH Google Doc: Add yourself and your project/project idea here!
Join our public Zotero library on Race and the Digital Humanities here
Storify of Live Tweets of Event click here
I’m looking forward to giving an OPEN webinar for NITLE (National Institute for Technology in Education) that will introduce issues regarding race, ethnicity and the digital humanities on November 16. The hashtag for the talk is #racedh. The talk is open to anyone! Please do think about joining us and disseminating this!
Talk Description: What is the role of race in the digital humanities? While prominent scholars such as Alondra Nelson and Lisa Nakamura have problematized the role of race in technology from the late 1990s, the relevance of race studies is only recently starting to be broached within the digital humanities: for example, by Alan Liu, Tara McPherson, Amy Earhart, Natalia Cecire, and the #TransformDH collective. This seminar will give a brief survey of the emerging field of race and the digital humanities, introduce the audience to a variety of digital projects informed by race, and provide links to resources for people interested in working in this field. Topics covered will include: the genealogy of these debates, the theoretical assumptions that inform them, and issues to consider while constructing a race and digital humanities project.
Image Credit: Shea Walsh
(This is my proposal for THATCamp Theory 2012.)
I would like to propose a collaborative workshop to develop a common language or vocabulary between scholars of race studies (critical race studies, postcolonial studies), computer scientists and the digital humanists. What are some common terms that we use that we think in different ways? (Modularity comes up as one.) What are some of the assumptions that we share/do not share about how cultural constructs are replicated in code, and what are its implications?
During the workshop, participants can draw up lists of common terms, explain how we all understand them, and suggest how we can use these terms to inform our digital humanities projects. How does the digital humanities change or become inflected by race studies? Issues of representation—recovery of works by people of color—are important, but what else would be relevant here? What are some theories and methodologies that a race scholar can use in projects such as topic modeling and other types of text mining; geospatial mapping projects; and issues of gamification in the classroom? What are some examples of DH projects that can be nuanced with race theory, and how can this be specifically done?
I am excited to announce that I am moderating an event on MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) and play in education with Pete Rorabaugh (@allistelling) and Jesse Stommel (@jessifer), editors of the journal Hybrid Pedagogy at the Duke Franklin Humanities Center in November. The event is sponsored by the Duke Greater than Games Lab and the Duke PhD Lab.
A description of the event is below. We’ll be livestreaming the event on the FHI Youtube channel, and everyone is encouraged to watch and take part via the Twitterstream: hashtag #dukehp.
In Deep Play, Diane Ackerman writes, “We may think of play as optional, a casual activity. But play is fundamental to evolution” (4). George Dennison offers a similar account of play in The Lives of Children, in which he describes “children’s natural play” as “expansive and diverse, alternately intense and gay,” whereas more formal play (games with umpires, rules, etc.) becomes “strained and silent,” “serious,” and “uncomfortable” (195-196).
An attachment to outcomes discourages experimentation. In “Organic Writing and Digital Media: Seeds and Organs,” Pete argues that “process takes precedence over the product.” This talk will emphasize the ways that play can function not as a methodological approach toward a set of outcomes but as the outcome in and of itself. We will open a conversation about how social media and digital space make learning voracious and lively by inviting new (and often wild) modes of interaction.