On Friday, January 30, the GW Digital Humanities Symposium 2015 (DISRUPTING DH) took place at Jack Morton Auditorium. About eighty people attended the event, which brought together academics, activists, publishers, librarians, archivists, students (graduates and undergraduates), GW alumni, and interested members of the public.
As publicized on the event website, the aim of the day was to assemble different kinds of people to think critically about Digital Humanities (DH) communities and practices. How do academics, activists, and publishers join forces to change spaces of the archive, the classroom, and ivory tower? This event also nicely dovetailed with Disrupting the Digital Humanities, a collaborative effort launched at the 2015 Modern Language Association Convention in Vancouver; a collection of essays (edited by Dorothy Kim and Jesse Stommel) will be published in a variety of platforms by punctum books.
Rather than providing one authoritative account of the event in this blog space, we instead would like to bring direct you to the variety of perspectives that have already appeared online:
- M Bychowski (PhD candidate in English at GWU, as well as our former DH Grad Assistant) wrote a brief overview of the event on the GW English blog (with photos and related links). An excellent detailed summary of the day appears on her Transliterature blog.
- Angela Bennett Segler (creator of Material Piers) has offered this posting on her experience as a presenter and an audience member.
- Jonathan Hsy (Co-Director of the DH Institute) provides his reflections at the medieval studies group blog In The Middle; this posting addresses medievalists specifically but it also speaks to the public humanities more generally.
- Eileen Joy (director of punctum books), also a blogger at In The Middle, provides a more formal version of her beautiful, inspiring, and provocative remarks at the event.
Other blog links:
- Alexis Lothian (Women’s Studies/LGBT Studies, UMD): brief posting on her Queer Geek Theory blog, entitled Embodied digital humanities (with other relevant links).
- Alan Montroso (PhD student at GWU with interests in medieval literature and theory): Digital Compassion: Reflections on Disrupting DH #GWDH15.
- Sam Yates (PhD student at GWU with interests in disability and performance studies): The Efficacy of Disrupting DH: Disability Access, Animacy, and Community.
The event was actively live-tweeted via the #GWDH15 and #DisDH hashtags. Note these archives:
- Alexis Lothian: comprehensive archive of #GWDH15 tweets (these appear in backwards chronological order).
- M Bychowski: curated archive (tweets appear in chronological order).
- Angela Bennett Segler: selection of tweets from the session on Disrupting the Archive.
And finally, a few of our presenters have made their materials available to the pubic:
- Angela Bennett Segler updated her blog with this posting containing her entire text and slides of her presentation along with the podcast (created by Eileen Joy).
- Dorothy Kim (medievalist, feminist, and digital humanist) posted the prezi presentation for her talk, Disrupting the Digital Archive: The Ethics of Digital Archives.
- Jesse Stommel (Director, Hybrid Pedagogy) posted all the slides from his presentation entitled Stand and Unfold Yourself: MOOCs, Networked Learning, and the Digital Humanities. You can also view the preview of the “Shakespeare in Community” MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) referenced in his talk.
Podcasts of the presentations by Angela Bennet Segler and Dorothy Kim can also be found in the first section of Eileen Joy’s In the Middle posting.
Big thanks to all the speakers, introducers, staff, and volunteers who helped make this event a success (especially M Bychowski and our current DH Grad Assistant Shyama Rajendran). We hope that the conversations that began on that day will continue to unfold “in real life” as well as in digital spaces.