Introduction to Digital Humanities

Postcolonial Digital Humanities

In New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy,  Roopika Risam writes:

The opportunity to intervene in the digital cultural record—to tell new stories, shed light on counter-histories, and create spaces for communities to produce and share their own knowledges should they wish—is the great promise of digital humanities."

 According to this vision of digital humanities, collection building should not be a straightforward matter of digitizing the written and material records as they have been preserved by governments, libraries, and museums. Rather, it should entail critical decisions about: what to collect and why; how to organize, manage, and disseminate collections; and who participates in these processes.

As you read the first two chapters of Risam's book, pay attention to the ways that colonial histories have shaped the cultural record and the difference that a postcolonial record would make. 

Annotation #11

Roopika Risam, New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy, (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2018) Chapter 1 Hypothesis link, Chapter 2 Hypothesis link.

Start Assignment #11 (For Topics 11 and 12)

Begin revising your DH project or tool review (Assignments # 1 or 2) from a postcolonial perspective.

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