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584. Accessing Race in the Digital Humanities: An E-roundtable

Saturday, 5 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Commonwealth, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Roger Whitson, Emory Univ.

Roger Whitson's Annotation:
After introducing the panel, I briefly document my own experiences as project manager for "Lynchings in Georgia: 1875-1930" at Emory University's Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC). How do new forms of interinstitutional collaboration impact issues of identity politics and scholarly critique? Do differences in cultural background impact, for instance, the way metadata schema are coded in projects focusing on race?

Speakers: David Kim, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; Jennifer Sano-Franchini, Michigan State Univ.; Lee Skallerup Bessette, Morehead State Univ.

Responding: Tara McPherson, Univ. of Southern California

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Session Description:

This roundtable addresses how applications and interfaces encode specific cultural assumptions about race and preclude certain groups of people from participating in the digital humanities. Participants present specific digital humanities projects that illustrate the impact of race on access to the programming, cultural, and funding structures in the digital humanities.


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Electronic Technology (Teaching, Research, and Theory)

  • The Profession – General

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