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All the Digital Humanists Are White, All the Nerds Are Men, but Some of Us Are Brave


My name is Moya Bailey and I had the opportunity to be a part of innaugral issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities. I'm interested in how marginalized identies do and don't show up in DH. Here's a bit of what I discussed.

Following a fascinating talk by Ed Finn on the changing role and source of literary criticism in a digital age, Natalia Cecire queried the implicit neutrality of a term like “nerd.” Melissa Harris-Perry’s reclamation aside, the racialized and gendered aspects of nerddom, and by extension the digital humanities, offer opportunities for a more explicit engagement with positionalities that lead “white men to feel embattled.” How do those outside the categories white and male navigate this burgeoning disciplinary terrain?

Please read the rest of the piece at the Journal


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