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Digital Humanities as Spaces for Cognitive Dissidence #RedHD

Digital Humanities as Spaces for Cognitive Dissidence #RedHD

As I write this the Primer Encuentro de Humanistas Digitales in Mexico City is about to start.

Though I wish I were there in person to meet old and new friends and colleagues, I am writing this from my desk in London, England.

I participated with a poster which is really a flyer, a PowerPoint slide with a QR code (and a link for those without the disposition to scan ugly-looking stuff or without the technology to do it). The link takes you to the site I created as my way of intervening in the conference (in Spanish, "intervención" is often used in the context of conferences and public events as "participation" or "presentation") . This A4 poster/flyer was shared online with a colleague in Mexico who kindly printed it out and photocopied it, in black and white, to hand-out during the event.

My site is titled HD/DC and it stands for Digital Humanities/Cognitive Dissidence. Please check it out here.

I am interested in the double-bind of higher education in general and the digital humanities in particular, in the need to discuss more openly, from "outside" and from "within", their power to exclude as much as to include, to create breaches as much as to create networks.

  • Is the incredibly advanced development of digital humanities projects in some countries and some privileged institutions within countries taking place at the expense of the less-privileged?
  • What is the importance of recognising and rewarding quality digital scholarship employing affordable or available technologies (as opposed to mostly big-budget productions)?
  • How can those not within culturally and infrastructurally privileged academic settings intervene the global network of digital humanities, listen to others, get heard and establish connections that could lead to productive collaboration, potentially increasing their "impact factors" and "rankings"?

These are some of the general (unasked) questions that guide my intervention in this event.

The European Science Foundation has concluded that in order to increase the academic recognition of the digital humanities it is important "to change towards a culture of recognition that accepts the process-oriented character of digital publications" [emphasis in the original, "Research Infrastructures in the Humanities, September 2011, page 40. See HD/DC for full citation and link].

This poster/flyer is a process-oriented participation that seeks to make use of affordable technological resources at hand in order to seek a different kind of intervention and engagement with/during/in/after such an event as a meeting of digital humanists. This particular event is taking place in my home country, in a language which is not English, in a culture and infrastructural and academic setting that still struggles to make itself heard via digital tools.

If you speak Spanish and you are interested, the event will be livestreamed from Mexico City here.



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