Queering the Digital Humanities: DH for Social Justice

Apr 17, 2014Events, News

This event is part of the 2014 Philly Queer Media series

When: Tuesday April 22, 2014. 12:00 – 2:00 pm

WhereUniversity of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Special Collections (3420 Walnut Street, Van Pelt Library, 6th floor). Philadelphia, PA

Cost & audience: FREE! All ages, all are welcome.

Event description

How can the digital humanities be mobilized in the service of queer, feminist, trans*, and postcolonial social justice work? What are the points of convergence and divergence between social justice activism and the digital humanities? While many queers, trans* folks, people of color, and women use technology and digital media for these projects, their work is often left out of mainstream discussions of the digital humanities (for a great critique of this practice, see here). This event brings together several artists and scholars whose digital humanities work foregrounds queer, feminist, trans*, and postcolonial politics.


Edmond Chang

Dr. Edmond Chang is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. His areas of interest include technoculture, gender and sexuality, cultural studies, video games, popular culture, and contemporary American literature. He earned his PhD from the University of Washington and his dissertation is titled “Technoqueer: Re/con/figuring Posthuman Narratives.”

Michelle Moravec

Dr. Michelle Moravec is an Associate Professor of History at Rosemont College in Philadelphia where she direct the program in Women’s and Gender Studies. Michelle works in digital history and serves as a Subject Area specialist for NITLE in the areas of transforming the digital humanities and bridging digital divides between large and small institutions of higher education. She also serves as the social media guide for the 2014 Feminist Scholars Digital Writing @Hastac.

Cathy Hannabach

Dr. Cathy Hannabach is a Philadelphia-based community arts organizer and consultant whose is passionate about the use of art for social change. Her work in the field of the digital humanities explores the embodied, interdisciplinary nature of social change. She is a member of PhillyDH, and Founder and Director of Philly Queer Media.

Photo credit: Antonio Roberts

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