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Pink Noises: Analog Tara Visits the UW

What Does Digital Scholarship Do?

I'm happy to announce that the next installment in the "What does digital scholarship do?" HASTAC Scholars series at the University of Washington is a go, and we are extremely fortunate to have Tara Rodgers (Analog Tara), from McGill University, joining us.  She will facilitate a conversation related to her website and book, Pink Noises.

For those of you in the Seattle area in mid-April, the conversation---"Pink Noises: Feminist Ethnographic and Historiographic Research on Audio Technologies and Cultures"---happens on Friday, April 16th, at 11 a.m., in Communications 202 (in the Simpson Center for the Humanities).  It is open to the public.

Below is a description of the event, and here is the flier (in PNG).  Looking forward!

How are histories of audio technologies and cultures conceived and written? How does the circulation of these historical accounts affect relevant communities of practice? How does technical language itself, often thought to be neutral, produce normative subjects of histories? In this informal talk, I will introduce two of my research projects which adopt different feminist approaches to these questions.

Pink Noises, a website and book, engages ethnographic research with women who are DJs, electronic music producers, and sound artists as an intervention in histories and cultures which typically marginalize women's contributions. My current research is on the history of synthesized sound; it examines metaphors in audio-technical language as sites for the representation of identity and difference. We will discuss these projects and other strategies for doing feminist work at the intersections of sound/music/performance studies, ethnography, and historiography of technology.

Check out the first four installments of the series, too!: "Digital Fabrication and the Database," "Evaluating Digital Scholarship," "Queer/ing/s Online," and "Designing Discoverability." Our sixth installment will occur in late April / early May.  More soon!

In the meantime, thank you to the Simpson Center for sponsoring this event.

After the event, I'll post a follow-up response here on 


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