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Digital Praxis in the Humanities: A [email protected] Conversation Series

Digital tools and praxis have reshaped the humanities. For decades, access to new data has challenged established methods, canons, and scopes, and new digital tools have reconfigured cultural and historical interpretation. In addition, the ubiquity of electronic devices and collaborative platforms has made it increasingly difficult to distinguish specifically digital academic practices from traditional approaches. Yet some critics still look upon the “digital humanities” with skepticism.

In this series of conversations, leading DH scholars speak about how the digital reorganization of scholarship has triggered new research questions and outcomes. Centering four main practices–editing, archiving, mapping, databasing–these conversations highlight how digital projects begin, how their conclusions intersect with current critical discourses, and how their methods transform what it means to work in the humanities.


March 7, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Geoffrey Turnovsky (University of Washington)

Marlene Daut (University of Virginia)

Respondent: Alex Gil (Columbia University)

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March 14, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Christina Boyles (Michigan State University)

Norah Karrouche (Free University of Amsterdam)

Respondent: Michael Faciejew (Yale)

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April 4, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Ángel David Nieves (Northeastern)

Roopika Risam (Salem State)

Respondent: Laura Wexler (Yale)

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April 11, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Andie Silva (CUNY)

Maxim Romanov (University of Hamburg)

Respondent: Jesús Velasco (Yale)

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The Digital Praxis in the Humanities series is a launching pad for shaping an intellectual community around the [email protected] group, an interdisciplinary group of faculty, students, researchers and librarians. Supported by the Mellon Sawyer Seminar “The Order of Multitudes: Atlas, Encyclopedia, Museum,” the working group expands the crucial work undertaken at Yale’s DH Lab by anchoring questions about DH techniques and practices in the intellectual and theoretical dimensions of the humanities. The aim is to situate the digital as an infrastructure for the humanities rather than an alcove.