Category: 2016 MLA Position Papers

Lowriding Through the Digital Humanities

by Annemarie Perez

Note: The title of this piece is shamelessly borrowed from Barbara Noda’s “Lowriding Through the Women’s Movement,” a piece which creatively addresses the power a group made up of women of color could have on individuals during the women’s movement. It was published in the classic, This Bridge

Computer Vision as a Public Act: On Digital Humanities and Algocracy

by Jentery Sayers

Computer vision is generally associated with the programmatic description and reconstruction of the physical world in digital form (Szeliski 2010: 3-10). It helps people construct and express visual patterns in data, such as patterns in image, video, and text repositories. The processes involved in this recognition are incredibly

Universal Design and Its Discontents

by Rick Godden and Jonathan Hsy


Our online position paper is a two-headed reflection on disability and universalism in the fields of Digital Humanities (DH) and Universal Design (UD). One of the authors, Richard H. Godden, considers how particular experience of disability shapes his use of media and also informs his reactions

Race as “Disruptive Innovation” for Restorative Social Justice in DH: Virtual Heritage and 3D Reconstructions of South Africa’s Township Histories

by Angel David Nieves

This précis is part of a forthcoming essay in Dorothy Kim and Jesse Stommel, Disrupting Digital Humanities (New York: Punctum Books, forthcoming). This is published here as part of the MLA 2016 (Austin) panel presentation, “Disrupting the Digital Humanities: New Radical Publics.” Do not copy or quote without

Milking the Deficit Internship

by Spencer D. C. Keralis

“…and when justice is gone, there’s always force.” ~ Laurie Anderson, “O Superman (For Massenet)”

That labor in the academy is unequal is well and frequently documented. The divisions and inequities in responsibilities and compensation between administrators (and/especially coaches) and faculty, between tenure-track faculty and adjuncts, between faculty

The Politics of Visibility

by Eunsong Kim

This position paper is a development of a previous article I wrote for Model View Culture, titled: “The Politics of Trending.”

Every time CNN points to “Trending” in order to discuss breaking news, we should laugh. That is, laugh at: CNN, journalists, experts, the simulacra. Smirking at the notion

Disrupting the Digital Humanities: New Radical Publics

by Dorothy Kim and Jesse Stommel

Disrupting the Digital Humanities 2 has been accepted for MLA 2016 in Austin, TX. The text of the proposal, which was adapted from our proposal for the 2015 panel is below. The 2016 iteration will include a whole new cast of panelists, also drawn from the contributors