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On “DH: Affordances and Limits of Post/Anti/Decolonial and Indigenous Digital Humanities”

What a fantastic conversation and series of presentations during this morning’s session “DH: Affordances and Limits of Post/Anti/Decolonial and Indigenous Digital Humanities” (#dhlimits)! The panel was moderated by Roopika Risam and showcased presentations by micha cárdenas, Annemarie Pérez, and Dhanashree Thorat. micha spoke about ways to use performance as a methodology to work on reducing violence against trans men and women of color. Annemarie talked about her experiences using blogging and public writing in her Chicano/a studies classroom. Dhanashree drew connections between colonial and digital archives and discussed the way that archives get re-entrenched in power structures using the September 11 Digital Archive as a case study.

This panel was riveting and refreshing as each presenter used cultural and literary theory to discuss ideologies of digital media. Coming from an English background, I found their approaches smart and thoughtful as they considered the broader cultural, social, and historical implications of digital and social media. These are the sort of projects that new media and digital humanities needs to invest in more often, as they open the borders of often technology-based approaches to consider race, gender, nationality, and sexuality.

Following the panel was an equally stimulating discussion as the panel attendees discussed the different ways to avoid and monitor discrimination online, following Annemarie’s discussion of the online bullying and cyberstalking her students endured. Fiona suggested that instructors use HASTAC’s website for student blogging, as you can create private groups that are easy to navigate and that you can quite easily monitor and moderate.

This conversation encouraged critical and active thinking about the digital tools with which we engage and called for a more thoughtful praxis around new modes of scholarship.

This conversation will be continuing on a forum on decolonizing the digital. Check it out at: http://t.co/GU8pwgC9dA

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