Race and the Digital Humanities: An Introduction

3:00pm - 4:00pm EST November 16, 2012

We encourage faculty, instructional technologists, librarians, and others from the NITLE Network who are interested in digital humanities, critical race theory, postcolonial studies and cultural studies to attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate. (Times EST)

What is the role of race in the digital humanities? While prominent scholars such as Alondra Nelson and Lisa Nakamura have problematized the role of race in technology from the late 1990s, the relevance of race studies is only recently starting to be broached within the digital humanities: for example, by Alan Liu, Tara McPherson, Amy Earhart, Natalia Cecire, and the #TransformDH collective. This seminar will give a brief survey of the emerging field of race and the digital humanities, introduce the audience to a variety of digital projects informed by race, and provide links to resources for people interested in working in this field. Topics covered will include: the genealogy of these debates, the theoretical assumptions that inform them, and issues to consider while constructing a race and digital humanities project.


Dr. Adeline Koh is a visiting faculty fellow under the Duke University Humanities Writ Large Program in academic year 2012-2013. She is also an assistant professor of literature at Richard Stockton College. Her work spans the intersections between postcolonial studies and the digital humanities, 19th/20th-century British and Anglophone Literature and Southeast Asian and African studies, and games in higher education. Koh directs Digitizing “Chinese Englishmen”, a digital archival project on 19th-century “Asian Victorians” in Southeast Asia, and The Stockton Postcolonial Studies Project, an online magazine of postcolonial studies. She is the designer of Trading Races, an elaborate historical role-playing game designed to teach race consciousness in the undergraduate classroom. She is also a core contributor to the Profhacker blog at The Chronicle of Higher Education, and a member of the Editorial Board for Anvil Academic. (Twitter: @adelinekoh)

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Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts on Twitter via this event’s hashtag: #racedh.


Registration for this event is closed. (Participation in NITLE Shared Academics events is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.)

This seminar, “Race and the Digital Humanities: An Introduction,” has been designated an open-house event for institutions considering membership in the NITLE Network. Non-member institutions are invited to register interested faculty and staff for this event free of charge.


For more information about this event, please contact Rebecca Davis at rdavis@nitle.org.