Category: 2015 MLA Position Papers


After the Digital Humanities, or, a postscript

by Fiona Barnett

As a meditation on the theme of ‘disrupting’ the digital humanities, I offer five moments of disruption for consideration:

(1) A few days ago, at my other MLA 2015 panel, #QueerOS: Queerness as Operating System, my fellow panelist Jacob Gaboury gave an amazing paper on “Compiling a Queer Computation.” He

Ecstatic Necessariness: Turmoil as Process in Digital Humanities

by Sean Michael Morris

For the last three years while I’ve worked with Hybrid Pedagogy, I have been flip about Digital Humanities as a field, a practice, or a pursuit. I have largely dismissed the work of digital humanists as arcane, irrelevant, boxy and tiresome, or as posturing by hungry, over-educated academics

The Public Digital Humanities

by Jesse Stommel

The public digital humanities starts with humans, not technologies or tools, and its terrain must be continuously co-constructed. There is no place within the public digital humanities for exclusion or anti-intellectualism. No place for hierarchies: inside the academy / outside the academy; teacher / student; senior scholar /

A Close Reading of The DHThis Cat: Policing/Disrupting the Boundaries of the Digital Humanities and Strategic Uses for Cat GIFs

by Adeline Koh

In 2013 a group of colleagues and I started “DHThis”: an experimental publishing and curation platform for the digital humanities. The project was a Reddit/Slashdot-like platform for crowdsourcing the best content in the field. Anyone could sign up and submit links to the site, and the most popular

#ThisTweetCalledMyBack

Why These Tweets Are Called My Back
“So-called Toxic Twitter is made up of marginalized women of color for whom social media started out as yelling into the void and became a grassroots movement.”

Want to “Save the Humanities”? Pay Adjuncts to Learn Digital Tools

by Kathi Inman Berens

Higher education is experiencing its Napster moment, its Amazon moment, and administrators are implementing online learning modules to compete.  Disintermediation: what iTunes did to record stores and Amazon did to bookstores, textbook companies are beginning to do to residential university classrooms.  University of Southern California Annenberg journalism

On Disruption, Race, and the Digital Humanities

By Roopika Risam

I. Disruption

In the front matter for Disrupting the Digital Humanities, Dorothy Kim and Jesse Stommel identify the “insidious” rhetoric of disruption within the tech industry, arguing that the term has been co-opted by the notion of “disruptive innovation.”[1] The very qualities that give disruption currency as an intellectual

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Multilingualism in DH

by Élika Ortega

The issue of multilingualism in scholarly exchanges and ways of being sensitive to diversity is always a necessary part of academic endeavours. Fortunately, there has been a large portion of DH practitioners who have been eager to talk about multilingualism and diversity and have strived to make it patent.