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The Rhetoric of Disruption

by Meg Worley

I started out hating the title of this volume. Disruption has a special place in the mythology of my native land of Silicon Valley: Every startup promises disruptive technologies that will change the industry forever, and “Don’t think outside the box — blow up all the boxes!” is

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

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


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