Topic 9: Critiquing and Reflecting on Digital Humanities

“What would digital scholarship and the humanities disciplines be like if they centered around processes and possibilities of social and cultural transformation as well as institutional preservation? If they centered around questions of labor, race, gender, and justice at personal, local, and global scales? If their practitioners considered not only how the academy might reach out to underserved communities, but also how the kinds of knowledge production nurtured elsewhere could transform the academy itself? These questions are not hypothetical.” Can Digital Humanities Mean Transformative Critique? 

In this topic we will explore readings, media, people, and collaborations that suggest the possibilities of a transformative and critical digital humanity: one where neither the digital nor the humanities will be terms taken for granted.”   


Digital Humanities: Knowledge and Critique in a Digital Age Chapter 8 “Towards a Critical Digital Humanities”

Digital Creativity as Critical Material Thinking: The Disruptive Potential of Electronic Literature

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism – Chapter 1: A Society, Searching (password: engl201)

Can Digital Humanities Mean Transformative Critique?


The era of blind faith in big data must end | Cathy O’Neil

Is a Critical Digital Humanities Possible?| Roopika Risam

Digital transformation – a revolution in the humanities?


Your only exercise this topic will be to:

1. Annotate the readings listed above

2. View the media items

3. Make a post at your website reflecting on your key takeaways from the readings and media items in this topic. There is no “word count requirement” for this post, but I would like to see evidence of connection and reflection on key themes in these readings and media items.