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Keynote Speakers

Both keynote addresses have been made open to the public by IDRH with the generous support of KU sponsors.

Lauren Klein
Associate Professor, Georgia Tech
Thursday, October 4, 2018
KU Burge Union

Data Feminism: Community, Allyship, and Action in the Digital Humanities

Abstract: What is the role of the digital humanities in the charged political climate of 2018, and how can digital humanists ally themselves with the activists, organizers, and others who are working to support those most threatened by it? This talk will take up these questions in relation to the field as a whole, and to one project in particular—Data Feminism—a way of thinking about data, both in DH projects and in everyday life, that is informed by the past several decades of feminist activism and critical thought. The Data Feminism project, developed in collaboration with Catherine D’Ignazio (Emerson College), shows how a feminist approach to data science can help to expose how power and privilege currently operate in data work, and can suggest additional design principles that help work towards justice. Placing Data Feminism among other public-facing digital projects, both in DH and beyond, this talk will argue that digital humanists can contribute in concrete and meaningful ways to a technically and historically-informed resistance.

Bio: Lauren Klein is an associate professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech, where she also directs the Digital Humanities Lab. With Matthew Gold, she edits Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press), a hybrid print/digital publication stream that explores debates in the field as they emerge. Her first book, Matters of Taste: Eating, Aesthetics, and the Early American Archive, is forthcoming from Min- nesota in Spring 2019. She is also at work on two new projects: Data Feminism, co-authored with Catherine D’Ignazio, and under contract with the MIT Press, which distills key lessons from feminist theory into a set of principles for the design and interpretation of data visualization, and Data by Design, recently funded by an NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication, which will provide an interactive history of data visualization from the eighteenth century to the present.

Rasheedah Phillips, Esq.
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Friday, October 5, 2018
KU Burge Union

Communal, Quantum and Afrofutures: Time & Memory Mapping in Marginalized Communities

Abstract: The presentation considers the relationship between long-term decision making, public policy, and its impact on the future(s) of marginalized individuals, communities, and cities, as well as the ways in which rapid gentrification and eminent domain condenses time in communities. The presentation will highlight “Community Futures Lab,” the author’s socially engaged artistic response to the redevelopment, which afrofuturism as a critical methodology to enact a generative process of collective envisioning and co-creation of futures for the Sharswood community, and the preservation of that community’s cultural history and memory.

Bio: Rasheedah Phillips is a housing attorney, author, advocate, and Afrofuturist living and working out of Philadelphia. She is also the creator of The AfroFuturist Affair, co-creator of Black Quantum Futurism, and 1/4 founding member of Metropolarity Queer Sci-fi Collective. She has been a guest speaker at numerous graduations and ceremonies, including the YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, and was a panelist on the symposium, Law and Adolescence: Legal Status, Rights and Responsibilities of Adolescents in the Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Criminal Justice Systems, co-sponsored by the Juvenile Law Center and the Temple Law Review. She also gave a speech called “Why Diversity Matters” at the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Networks Diversity Summit, spoke on the intersectionality of race and gender in sexual vio- lence cases at SlutWalk DC 2013, and was keynote speaker at the 2008 Russell Byers Charter School 6th grade graduation ceremony. She plans to continue working with young teens to help prevent teen pregnancy, and with young parents to help inspire them to succeed in spite of their difficulties.

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