GW Digital Humanities Symposium: DISRUPTING DH

Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Time: 9am – 4pm (with coffee breaks, followed by reception)
Venue: Jack Morton Auditorium (805 – 21st Street NW, First Floor)

Free and open to the public

Read a summary with related blog posts here.

This symposium explores critical approaches to the digital humanities (DH). What happens when academics, activists, and publishers join forces to rethink how we research, teach, and generate knowledge?  How can digital humanists mobilize online media and social networks to radically transform the spaces of the ARCHIVE, the CLASSROOM, and the IVORY TOWER?


Angela Bennett Segler (creator of Material Piers)
Eileen Joy (Director, punctum books)
Dorothy Kim (medievalist, feminist, digital humanist)
Roopika Risam (Co-founder, Postcolonial Digital Humanities)
Jesse Stommel (Director, Hybrid Pedagogy)
Suey Park (Co-founder, Killjoy Prophets)

Sponsored by the GW Digital Humanities Institute, in collaboration with the Department of English, Creative Writing, Department of History, Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Program, Disability Support Services, GW Libraries, GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, and the DH Graduate Working Group

Event website:

Twitter hashtags: #GWDH15 #DisDH
Event is wheelchair accessible with live ASL interpretation

This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required. Please email your name (and, if you wish, your title/affiliation) to sraj2404 at gwu dot edu and please use the subject heading GWDH15.

Flyer (PDF)


The theme for the 2015 GW Digital Humanities Symposium, DISRUPTING DH, dovetails with a recent roundtable session entitled Disrupting the Digital Humanities held by a group of digital humanists and activists at the Modern Language Association Convention in Vancouver, B.C., on January 10, 2015. All the position papers were posted online and an archive of tweets from the event can be found here (Storify archive curated by @beyondcitation). Both the MLA roundtable and this GW symposium anticipate an essay collection entitled Disrupting the Digital Humanities, co-edited by Dorothy Kim and Jesse Stommel (forthcoming from punctum books).

This symposium is sponsored by the GW Digital Humanities Institute, which was launched by founding Co-Directors Alexa Huang and Jonathan Hsy in 2013 through initial funding by the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences. Administrative support for the Institute is generously provided by the Department of English.


This one-day event explores the potential of digital humanities (DH) to reconfigure and radically transform three spaces: the ARCHIVE, the CLASSROOM, and the IVORY TOWER.

9:00-9:45: Registration and coffee (and bagels)

9:40: Introductory remarks (Jonathan Hsy, Founding Co-Director, GW Digital Humanities Institute)

9:45-10:45: ARCHIVE

Angela Bennett Segler: “Medium Data–Machine Reading, Manual Correction and the End of the Archive”
Introduced by Diane H. Cline (History, Director of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration)

Dorothy Kim: “Disrupting the Archive: The Ethics of Digital Archives”
Introduced by Jeffrey Cohen (Director, GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute)

Q&A (questions from audience)

10:45-11: Break

11:00-12:00: CLASSROOM

Jesse Stommel: “Stand and Unfold Yourself: MOOCs, Networked Learning, and the Digital Humanities”
Introduced by Holly Dugan (Acting Director, Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Program)

Roopika Risam: “Towards a Postcolonial Digital Pedagogy”
Introduced by Kavita Daiya (Director, MA Program in English)

Q&A (questions from audience)

12:00-1:30: Lunch (we can provide suggestions for local dining options)

1:30-2:30: IVORY TOWER

Eileen Joy: “The Importance of Illegitimacy”
Introduced by Dolsy Smith (GW Libraries, Librarian for the Humanities)

Suey Park: “Theorizing Transformative Justice in a Digital Era”
Introduced by Jennifer Chang (Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Founder and Co-Chair, Kundiman)

Q&A (questions from audience)

2:30-3:00: Break (coffee)

3:00-4:00: ROUNDTABLE (includes all speakers)

Co-moderators: Jonathan Hsy (GW DH Institute) and Lori Brister (Founder, GW Graduate DH Working Group)

4:00-5:00 Reception (platters and coffee)


*In progress*


Angela Bennett Segler is a medievalist, digital (post)humanist, and all around co-conspirator on and off the books at New York University and beyond. She has published on digital medieval studies and queer manuscripts, is the editor of a special issue of postmedieval on Quantum Medievalisms, and displays her digital archival experiments and infographics on her blog, A Material Piers Living in a Digital WorldOn Twitter: @MedievalAngie.

Eileen Joy is a specialist in Old English literary studies and cultural studies, as well as a para-academic rogue drone-strike machine, who has published widely on poetry and poetics, historiography, violence and queer ethics, speculative realism, object oriented ontology, the ecological, and the post/human. She is the Lead Ingenitor of the BABEL Working Group, Co-Editor of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, Director of punctum books, and Associate Director of punctum records. She also works with others to build convivial, nomadic confraternities and temporary shelters for humanist vagabonds. On Twitter: @EileenAJoy.

Dorothy Kim, an Assistant Professor of English (Vassar College), has recently spent the 2013-2014 year as a Frankel Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan finishing a book—Ancrene Wisse and the Jews. As a digital humanist, she is co-PI for an Archive of Early Middle English that is being funded by an NEH Scholarly Editions and Translation Grant. She is also the co-editor with Jesse Stommel (University of Wisconsin-Madison) on an edited collection entitled Disrupting the Digital Humanities (forthcoming, punctum books). She has co-written articles about “#GawkingatRapeCulture,” “#TwitterEthics,” and written about “#TwitterPanic,” “Social Media and Academic Surveillance” for On Twitter: @dorothyk98.

Suey Park is a Chicago-based anti-violence organizer and co-founder of Killjoy Prophets, a collective challenging racism and sexism in the church. On Twitter: @suey_park.

Roopika Risam is an assistant professor of English and secondary English education at Salem State University and her work examines the intersections of postcolonial and African diaspora studies and the role of digital humanities in mediating between them. On Twitter: @roopikarisam.

Jesse Stommel is Assistant Professor in the Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also Director of Hybrid Pedagogy: a digital journal of learning, teaching, and technology. Jesse is an advocate for lifelong learning and the public digital humanities. He’s on Twitter @Jessifer.


Venue: Jack Morton Auditorium is located at 805 21st Street NW (corner of H Street NW and 21st Street NW), on the Foggy Bottom campus of The George Washington University. It is a just few blocks from the GWU-Foggy Bottom Metro stop.

Registration: This event is free and open to the public, but we require registration. Please email your name (and, if you wish, your title/affiliation) to sraj2404 at gwu dot edu and please use the subject heading GWDH15.

Wifi: Free wireless access will be provided for all guests. On how to access the wifi network, see these instructions.

Twitter: Participants are invited to tweet during the day’s events using the hashtags #GWDH15 and #DisDH. We will draw upon questions and comments tweeted from the live audience (or from elsewhere) during the Q&A sessions and roundtable.

Accessibility: Jack Morton Auditorium is accessible for wheelchair users, with two ramps at the corner of H St NW and 21st Street NW. Live ASL translation will be provided during all presentations, Q&A periods, and the concluding roundtable.