Think our parsing of the #DHPoco Open Thread Can Use Improvement? Make your edits here! All are welcome. (Please leave a comment in the thread too about what you changed and your thoughts. Thanks!)
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Thoughts from the Open Thread
- Is DH a refuge from race/class/gender/sexuality?
- There’s no evidence of a “refuge,” and scholars have no reason to want one (Ted Underwood; also here)
- Answer the d*** question, guys: (Brian Lennon)
- You’re really talking about who’s in, who’s out aren’t you (Michael Kramer)
- Has DH always been concerned with race/class/gender/disability (or cultural studies critique)?
- Yes: yes, some DH practitioners have always been concerned with gender, at least (Jacque Weirnimont)
- No: DH has historically shut down cultural critique (Martha Nell Smith; David Golumbia; Brian Lennon); DH is theoretical but not cultural (Roopika Risam); no, they won’t come just because you’ve built it; it won’t be built until it’s “inhabited” (accessed, used by others).What we build needs to be hospitable and accessible. You need to let others know you’ve built it, and you need to take into account who it is for that which you have built/are building. (Ernesto Priego); even if you build it, they might not have access (Heather Froelich; Aaron Kashtan); the exceptions prove the rule (Adeline Koh)
- Maybe if you take a deconstructionist approach critique the nature of critique: Alan Liu (I actually don’t recognize my contribution to the thread in this description. --Alan)
- Which DH projects are you referring to exactly? (David Golumbia; Matt Kirschenbaum; also see later conversation thread between Golumbia and Kirschenbaum)
- We should continue the conversation! (Steve Ramsay)
- Is focusing on the cultural always imperative, or can it be bracketed (even for a moment)?
- How transparent are tools?
- Global DH and Postcolonial Studies
- Is DH US-centric? (Leonardo Flores; Alex Gil)
- Are African digital spaces DH spaces? (Keguro Macharia; Porter Olsen)
- Scholars who work on DH should be aware of conversations in postcolonial studies (Brian Lennon)
- Representation, theory, and minority discourse need attention (Sangeeta Ray)
- How can we bridge DH and “poco”? (Roopika Risam)
- “Decolonized” and/or “postcolonial” cultures, especially indigenous cultures such as Canada First Nations peoples, have complex and problematic relations to the digital, and what DH might mean in these contexts is not obvious; who would/does it benefit? (David Golumbia) *added by David Golumbia
- DH and Anglophone imperialism (Domenico Fiormonte);
- English is an imperial language – both in terms of colonial histories and its grammatical hierarchies, such as subject-verb-object (Martha Nell Smith)
- Other languages have imperial implications as well or, like Spanish, have in contexts in which they have been imperial (Spanish colonization in the Americas, Salvador Barajas) and minoritarian (status of Spanish vs. English in the US today) (David Golumbia)
- Please, God, let’s do some DH work outside of English already (Heather Froelich; David Golumbia)
- With regard to multilingualism, there are fundamental differences between DH realized in the world’s majority languages and DH in the world’s ~5500 minority and endangered languages (David Golumbia) *added by David Golumbia
- You still gotta read code to have a conversation, you guys (Elijah Meeks)
- Is Race/Class/Gender/Disability About Identity (Politics)?
- “What do I as a digital humanist want to teach my students?” (Alan Liu)
- DH, class, and community colleges (Aaron Kashtan)
- Here Comes The Distant Reading! (You Knew This Was Coming)
Remember: Please leave a comment in the thread too about what you changed and your thoughts. Thanks!
Ted Underwood: I took myself out of the section “DH has always embraced cultural critique” because I made no claim about genealogies of DH (see comments). I changed the other summary of my remarks from “DH has always been cultural” to “There’s no evidence of a ‘refuge’ and scholars have no reason to want one.” That’s not intended narrowly as a remark about “DH”: it’s a broad affirmation of the centrality of social categories to the humanities in the 21st century. Seeking a “refuge” from social categories would be self-defeating; I think that model of researchers’ motivations is a straw man. I took myself out of the section on “identity politics” because that’s a phrase I deliberately avoided using in the thread (TU).
Ernesto Priego: I have inserted comments where I made changes. Thank you for setting up this open shared document. Summarising people’s views will always be a minefield. I appreciate the effort and the intention.
I agree with Ted Underwood (TU) that “seeking a “refuge” from social categories would be self-defeating”. I find the whole initial question really troubling. I don’t want “a refuge” from my own ethnicity, gender, class or sex. And I might be male and straight but if I lived in the US I would probably be a “scholar of color”. In Mexico I am called “whitey” but in Britain I am obviously not white and I don’t come from a privileged background (privilege is relative-- of course I am more privileged than others). My ethnicity does not appear in drop-down menus in job or scholarship applications. What is specific about DH that could offer this kind of “neutral” shelter from such important categories? Is there anything specific at all about DH, really, in what we are discussing which does not equally/very similarly apply to any other academic discipline? Because I could start discussing about how as a Mexican undergraduate and MA student I felt excluded form Latin@ and Chican@ studies. Is it a question of the current prevalence of major funding and reputation around the digital humanities in the US instead? Sorry for long comment. These are important issues I care about. -Ernesto
Roopika Risam: Hoping to make the Google Doc changes more legible, I added some strikethroughs and moved a few bits around. As you make changes, consider how you can make your edits clear and obvious at first glance. Thanks!