The values of the digital humanities represent convergence of several sets of values, including those of the humanities; libraries, museums, and cultural heritage organizations; and networked culture. In some ways, these values can come into conflict, which may be contributing to the ongoing debates about the digital humanities. Yet at their core, they share a common aim to advance knowledge, foster innovation, and serve the public (p. 19).
Building on the idea that a Value Statement can both reflect on a fields influences and be aspirational, we have developed a Statement of Values for the study of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies for the Digital Humanities. These draw upon and add to the values for the Digital Humanities proposed by Spiro.
Statement of Values for Digital Ethnic Studies
- Openness: A willingness to share experiences
- Collaboration: Bringing communities together
- Collegiality: Sharing research and cooperating in larger agendas
- Connectedness and Diversity: Fostering rich discussion between groups
- Experimentation: Challenging hegemony within DH and taking risks
- Bottom-up Data Gathering: Working directly with a social base
- Intersectionality: Examining the multiple-axis of identity
- Race as Technology: Acknowledging the changing production of racial categories over time
- Action-Based: Praxis, connecting digital worlds to physical worlds
- Confronting the Digital Divide: Analyzing and tackling uneven access to critical digital media literacy