IDRH supports the efforts of groups like Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk to improve the quality of life for marginalized students at the University of Kansas.
IDRH considers issues of diversity and inclusion fundamental to its core mission to expand scholarly forms and practices. We are dedicated to inclusion and diversity in our programming, and we recognize that a truly accessible digital humanities extends far beyond digital tools and standards, and provides people and communities of different abilities, ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations, languages and cultures--and of varying levels of access to technology and infrastructure--the capacity to shape and pursue scholarship that addresses their own interests and needs. To that end, our 2015 Digital Humanities Forum, "peripheries, barriers, hierarchies: rethinking access, inclusivity, and infrastructure in global DH practice," focused specifically on issues of inclusion and diversity within digital humanities and within the technological infrastructure that supports our teaching, research and publishing activities.
We strive to foster dialogue about these issues, and we welcome participation, engagement and input from all members of the KU community.
University of California Los Angeles
Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies at UCLA where she teaches Information Studies, Digital Humanities, and History of the Book. With Anne Burdick, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp she co-authored the MIT Press book, Digital_Humanities, and her DH 101 Coursebook is available free online. Two other books, Graphesis (Harvard University Press, 2014) and SpecLab (University of Chicago Press, 2009) are also concerned with digital projects and knowledge production.
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, EGARC,
the Department of English, and the Hall Center for the Humanities
September 25 & 26, 2015
Digital Humanities engages in many alternative scholarly forms and practices, and thus positions itself as a channel for exploring and challenging how social and institutional constructs shape traditional and digital academic discourses. Yet DH itself contains many non-neutral practices and is far from barrier-free. Digital Humanities practices, tools, infrastructures, and methodologies often embed a variety of assumptions that shape what kind of scholarship gets made, studied, and communicated; how it is represented to the world; and who can participate in that making and communication. A truly accessible DH goes beyond technical standards and provides people and communities of different abilities, genders, sexual orientations, languages and cultures--and of varying levels of access to technology and infrastructure--the capacity to shape and pursue scholarship that addresses their own interests and needs.
In a global context, the expansion of DH practices around the world and beyond the academy can reveal the ways in which dominant, hegemonic practices within the field tend to reinforce the very inequalities DH attempts to correct through its embrace of accessibility and knowledge production. Thus, specific practices in Global DH can call attention to the explicit and implicit contradictions in broader DH practices.
Our 2015 Digital Humanities Forum will take a critical approach to exploring peripheries, barriers and hierarchies of digital humanities practice in a global context, identifying those assumptions, and advocating and showcasing alternative practices to advance the field. We will critically engage these issues by exploring themes such as inclusivity, accessibility, global perspectives, decolonization, and democratization as they relate to digital humanities practice and infrastructure.
The Forum will take place on Saturday, September 26, following a full day of (gratis) Digital Humanities workshops on Friday, September 25.
We seek projects, research results, or critical/theoretical approaches to topics such as (but not limited to) the following:
- How do embedded assumptions of DH practice shape what gets made, studied, and communicated;
- The limitations of digital structures and infrastructures such as code/databases/ operating systems/interfaces/standards to represent or highlight cultural/gender/linguistic specificities, and efforts to get past these limitations;
- Inclusion and exclusion in digital collections: archival silences, massive digital libraries, digital recovery projects;
- "Accessible DH" that includes different abilities, languages, genders and sexual orientations, socio-economic conditions, and access to technical knowledge and infrastructure;
- Case studies of projects focusing on accessibility and actively focusing on openness;
- Case studies of indigenous, gendered, transnational, or “Global South” DH;
- The concept and practice of minimal computing (sustainable computing done under some set of significant constraints of hardware, software, education, network capacity, power, or other factors);
- Projects exploring data in languages other than English or working towards multilingual presentation;
- Critical making, hacking, tinkering, and non-textual modes of knowledge production;
- "Soft infrastructures" such as ideas of ownership, copyright, and intellectual property and their impact on global DH practice.
DH Forum best student paper award: Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers or poster presentations. One student presentation will be selected for an award based on the quality, originality, clarity of the written abstract, along with its alignment with the DH Forum theme and expected future impact. The awardee will be presented with a check for $400 and award certificate at the conference. Students should identify themselves as such at the time of abstract submission to be considered for the award. For a paper to be eligible, at least fifty percent of the research reported in the paper must be performed by one or more student authors, and the student must be the primary presenter of the paper at the conference.
Please submit abstracts of 500 words maximum in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1
As part of an effort to develop an interdisciplinary palette of courses in digital humanities at KU, the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities is offering a $1000 stipend to tenured and tenure-track faculty who develop a new course in the digital humanities.
IDRH will host our annual Digital Jumpstart Workshops this year on Thursday and Friday, March 5th-6th. These free workshops are intended to provide faculty, staff, and graduate students with hands-on introductions to digital tools and practices in order to help you better manage your data, analyze text, work collaborative over long term projects, create digital editions, fund projects, and publish and disseminate your results. All skill levels, from beginner to seasoned digital humanist, are welcome.
We are thrilled to announce that Élika Ortega will be joining IDRH as a digital humanities postdoctoral researcher beginning in January 2015. Élika is highly active in the international digital humanities community, and comes to KU from the University of Western Ontario where she recently completed her PhD in Literature (Hispanic Studies) at the CulturePlex Lab. In her role at KU, Élika will develop and teach an introductory digital humanities course, conduct original digital humanities research, consult on digital research projects, and help manage IDRH's continuing activities. Welcome, Élika!
Élika Ortega completed her PhD in Literature (Hispanic Studies) at the CulturePlex Lab at the University of Western Ontario in Canada in 2013. She also holds an MA in English from the University of Toronto (2007) and an MA (2006) and a BA (2004) in Modern Languages and Literatures from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Élika writes about digital literature, (not necessarily digital) media, intermediality, reading practices and interfaces, books, networks, and multilingualism in academia. She is part of the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities executive committee, and a member of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, Red de Humanidades Digitales, Modern Languages Association, Electronic Literature Organization, Laboratory of Extended Literatures and Other Materialities, and Red Latinoamericana de Literatura Electrónica. During her years at the University of Western Ontario, Élika co-founded and edited the graduate student peer-reviewed journal Entrehojas; co-led the speaker series for the Inter-Disciplinary Initiative in Digital Humanities for two years; worked on digitization projects of the Libraries’ special collection materials; led workshops, and trained undergraduate students in a variety of tools and methodologies. A tireless traveler, Élika has presented her work in conferences in the US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, France, Switzerland, and Ghana.