Another (Digital) World is Possible: The Stakes of Postcolonial Digital Humanities

Another (Digital) World is Possible: The Stakes of Postcolonial Digital Humanities
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 4:00pm

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Arte Público Press/Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage at the University of Houston invites you to a Digital Humanities & Social Justice lecture and workshop by

Roopika Risam, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English and Secondary English Education
Chair of Program Area for Content Education
Salem State University

Public lecture: “Another (Digital) World is Possible: The Stakes of Postcolonial Digital Humanities”
Thursday, May 17
3:00pm-5:00pm
MD Anderson Library 266-C
University of Houston
No RSVP required.
*We will live-tweet the event using #usLdh and livestream the video on our Facebook page

The invention of the digital cultural record has been greeted with great promise for some and significant peril for others, through its gaps, omissions, and rehearsal of colonial violence. In response, this talk examines why - and how - we must remake the worlds instantiated in the digital cultural record through politically, ethically, and social justice-minded approaches to digital knowledge production. 

About Risam:
Dr. Risam is Assistant Professor of English and Secondary English Education as well as Chair of Program Area for Content Education at Salem State University. Her research examines intersections between postcolonial, African American, and US ethnic studies, and the role of digital humanities in mediating between them. Her monograph New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy will be published by Northwestern University Press in 2018. Dr. Risam’s digital scholarship includes The Harlem Shadows Project, on producing usable critical editions of public domain texts; Social Justice and the Digital Humanities, a resource for developing critical digital humanities projects from the ground-up; and Digital Salem, which explores the untold stories of Salem, Massachusetts.

About the Digital Humanities & Social Justice Speaker Series and Workshops:
The speaker series and workshops on Digital Humanities & Social Justice explores the ethical concerns involved in creating digital projects with minority archives and digital scholarship as a site of social justice and activism. The series includes leading scholars in digital humanities who are engaging and creating ethical, socially conscious methodologies. This series is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Arte Público Press/Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage, the Digital Research Commons at MD Anderson Library and South Asian Youth in Houston Unite (SAYHU)

*Now you can watch videos of previous lectures on our website or blog!

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