This year, I’m trying to forge bigger and more obvious connections between the digital humanities and the public humanities. The connecting link is humans, after all. I feel that we involved in the digital world can do a better job at connecting with and making things better for people in the real world. And in the public humanities, we need to step into the 21st century in terms of our engagement with current modes of literacies and new technologies. I’m a Co-Director of the Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellows program with Imagining America, and interested in connecting with other graduate students working with new technologies for civic engagement and social justice. So… hello HASTAC Scholars. Anybody want to join me?
But mostly, I believe in liberation and think that digital tools can be part of an emancipatory process. I’m currently up to my eyeballs in my dissertation, where I’m building an alternate reality game about local Black and Latin@ activism in Providence, RI. I’m co-researching and co-designing the ARG with young people who live in these neighborhoods and next fall we’re playing the game with incoming first year undergraduates. The focus is on culturally relevant pedagogies and the possibilities of ARGs in higher education. Right now, I’m spending a lot of time thinking about what a creative practice looks like for an academic and when I can consider myself an artist (if ever). I split my time on a college campus on a hill, and as an artist mentor at a youth arts organization, New Urban Arts. These funky, arty young people inspire the model of scholar I want to be.
Looking forward to building bridges this year!