Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog http://dh.jmjafrx.com black femme history, futures, and media Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:35:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 https://i1.wp.com/dh.jmjafrx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cropped-calamity_jane_dandy_queens.png?fit=32%2C32 Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog http://dh.jmjafrx.com 32 32 Behold, a Resource (#DH) http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/behold-a-resource-dh/ http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/behold-a-resource-dh/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:35:26 +0000 http://dh.jmjafrx.com/?p=6492 T. V. Reed, with Jeff Kuure and Blair Beauchesne, curates Cultural Politics dot Net, a site with many, many resources, including a page on Digital Cultures.

“CulturalPolitics.net is a site designed to offer resources for the analysis of the role of culture in shaping our political, economic, and social lives. Cultural politics understands culture — popular culture/mass media, folk culture and the arts — not as something added to other more substantive domains but as an arena where social, economic, and political values and meanings are created and contested.”

The Digital Humanities page:

“The information below begins with texts surveying the wide array of objects, methods and projects found under the digital humanities rubric, and then focuses on critical digital humanities, on work that explicitly engages the process of bringing about cultural enrichment and positive social change for marginalized communities within and outside of academe. Some have sought to isolate or insulate digital humanities from the allied field of new media studies, but the full development of a critical digital humanities requires far more interaction across that false border. The links below frequently expose the falsity of that distinction.

“Digital Humanities has a sometimes deserved reputation for being overly focused on technological means to the neglect of cultural theory and sociopolitical contexts. Critical Digital Humanities names work that avoids those errors, and instead emphasizes that the technology needs to be deployed in the service of theoretically informed, socio-culturally progressive projects.

“As befits the goal of socially conscious DH work, much of the material below is available online for free.”

There are also separate pages for gender, LGBT, and race in cyber culture.

(More things shared at DH + Design in May)

Read: Digital Humanities | Cultural Politics

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Burdick: “Meta! Meta! Meta! A Speculative Design Brief for the Digital Humanities” http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/burdick-meta-meta-meta-a-speculative-design-brief-for-the-digital-humanities/ http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/burdick-meta-meta-meta-a-speculative-design-brief-for-the-digital-humanities/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:26:57 +0000 http://dh.jmjafrx.com/?p=6489

“Fictitious future scenarios are used in the technology industry to identify new opportunities, test high risk concepts, and rally teams toward a common goal. While such visions can play a crucial role in the technology development process, Digital Humanities futures are largely absent. Software development methods suited to the creation of tools for shoppers or workers are a poor fit for the design of tools that embody the intentional fuzziness, nuanced positionalities, and reflexive activities of critical interpretation. Therefore this paper proposes a design approach that combines core concepts from critical theory with design’s speculative inventiveness and introduces the subject-computer-interface as an alternative to industry’s user-centered concept. Case studies investigate how this triad of meta processes — the meta of critical interpretation, the meta of speculative reflexive design, and the meta of subject-computer-interface —might work by using critical making to engage recent concepts from digital humanities theory to invent new digital affordances. The paper concludes with a speculative design brief that challenges designers, humanists, and computer scientists to use a meta-meta-meta approach that begins with core humanities concepts and designs outward to imagine digital humanities tools that don’t yet exist.”

More things shared at DH+Design in May.

Read: Visible Language, Issue 49.3

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Trina in the Desert http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/trina-in-the-desert/ http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/trina-in-the-desert/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:46:43 +0000 http://dh.jmjafrx.com/?p=6484

“Trina is a design fiction that takes the form of a 3-part pecha-kucha that can be performed live, viewed as a narrated slideshow online, or read in print as a graphic novel. Conceived by Anne Burdick in collaboration with writer Janet Sarbanes (Army of One), the show-and-tell of this short story follows Trina, a literary scholar who works in solitude in her house in the desert. Trina’s adjunct status requires her to take on text analysis H.I.T.s (human intelligence tasks) to make ends meet. Through Trina’s eyes we see the always-on lively digital world that is her daily reality and within which the mystery of a cryptic, typewritten document unfolds.”



More things seen at DH + Design in May. Anne Burdick, in one of the keynotes, shared work on Trina and design fiction on the second day. At some point, I’ll post micha cárdenas work which does something possible similar as far as design fiction, game theory, and imagining possible futures as well from a trans woman of color perspective. That said, although the visual makes it clear Trina is a white woman or white presenting woman of color, whiteness and a social construction of white womanhood don’t appear to be built into her (Trina’s) design…except to the extent that race-neutral and gender-neutral design tends to default to whiteness because it doesn’t make it’s positionality explicit?

Which is to say, in plain English–this was very interesting to watch and hear more about because a woman of color could be inserted visually into the narrative without necessarily having to edit the text.

*record scratch*

Hmm….unless the woman is indigenous. Out in the flats of the desert, would her relationship to looking out at the land and her internal monologue around that be different? Would she see the land and not see empty space, rabbits, and coyotes, but something else? I need to think more on this, but I think so….

As far as pedagogy, an interesting project for a class–design your own Trina story.

Burdick is behind the Micro Mega Meta Project which uses design to ask questions about where the humanities is going (if it is going the way of the big, the corporate, and, considering the Trina narrative, the militaristic):

“Historically, the Humanities has been responsible for the maintenance and interpretation of the cultural record‚ a record that now grows exponentially. Much of the work of the Humanities could be described as micro—close reading and deep interpretation of individual artifacts and small collections. The Humanities has also been home to the meta—philosophical inquiry, critical theory, comparative analysis, and history….

“Micro Mega Meta will use design to consider what the qualities and capacities of such information environments might be through design experiments and writing informed by software studies, science and technology studies, digital humanities, and speculative critical design. Ultimately, Micro Mega Meta hopes to make an argument for the contributions design can make to new modes of knowledge production.”


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More Politics of Citation http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/more-politics-of-citation/ http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/more-politics-of-citation/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:24:41 +0000 http://dh.jmjafrx.com/?p=6480 At DH + Design in May, Jentery Sayers did a neat trick of citing his sources and influencers by sharing a github page of references at the beginning of his presentation:


Then, at the very end of the presentation, he took time and care to read out loud the names of everyone on his team. Along with it being a very interesting presentation about the possibilities and troubling the foundations of #dh, the everyday use of machines, it was a lovely model and one I’d like to follow. There was something very accessible and accountable about those very simple actions.


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FemTechNet Critical Race & Ethnic Studies Pedagogy Workbook (#femDH) http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/femtechnet-critical-race-ethnic-studies-pedagogy-workbook-femdh/ http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/femtechnet-critical-race-ethnic-studies-pedagogy-workbook-femdh/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:59:13 +0000 http://dh.jmjafrx.com/?p=6476

“Acknowledging the challenges of teaching these sensitive and contentious topics in a time of economic retrenchment and increasing institutional precarity for departments of ethnic, gender, and humanisitic studies, this workbook is an ongoing project to build resources for faculty members who are often overburdened at their home institutions, but are willing to take on the difficult task of teaching about gender and racial inequity in our information culture….”


(More things shared at #femDH, #DHSI2017)

by Anne Cong-Huyen, Christofer Rodelo, Erica Maria Cheung, alex cruse, Regina Yung Lee, Katie Huang, George Hoagland, Dana Simmons, Sharon Irish, Amanda Phillips, Veronica Paredes, and Genevieve Carpio

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Chinyere Tutashinda on Surveillance (#BlackCodeStudies, #femDH) http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/chinyere-tutashinda-on-surveillance-blackcodestudies-femdh/ http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/chinyere-tutashinda-on-surveillance-blackcodestudies-femdh/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:52:10 +0000 http://dh.jmjafrx.com/?p=6470

“In the 21st century, the overseer has jumped from outside on the street to online in your home. Without technology leaders and strategists dedicated to racial justice, Black communities – both citizen and migrant – will continue to bear the brunt of discriminatory policing, now in the high-tech world of the Internet…”


(More things read at #femDH, #DHSI2017 this year)

Read: Chinyere Tutashinda, founding member of BlackOUT – Black Futures Of Safety, Security And Non-Surveillance | HuffPost http://bit.ly/2qWIBut

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Minimal Computing http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/minimal-computing/ http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/minimal-computing/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:50:12 +0000 http://dh.jmjafrx.com/?p=6473 Between DH + Design and #DHSI2017, things seen here and there. Thinking about how #BlackCodeStudies might intersect:

“We use “minimal computing” to refer to computing done under some set of significant constraints of hardware, software, education, network capacity, power, or other factors. Minimal computing includes both the maintenance, refurbishing, and use of machines to do DH work out of necessity along with the use of new streamlined computing hardware like the Raspberry Pi or the Arduino micro controller to do DH work by choice. This dichotomy of choice vs. necessity focuses attention on computing that is decidedly not high-performance. By operating at this intersection between choice and necessity minimal computing forces important concepts and practices within the DH community to the fore. In this way minimal computing is also an critical movement, akin to environmentalism, asking for balance between gains and costs in related areas that include social justice issues and de-manufacturing and reuse, not to mention re-thinking high-income assumptions about “e-waste” and what people do with it. Minimal computing thus relates to issues of aesthetics, culture, environment, global relationships of power and knowledge production, and other economic, infrastructural and material conditions…”

Source: About · Minimal Computing

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Class Constitution (#femDH) http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/class-constitution-femdh/ http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/class-constitution-femdh/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:33:05 +0000 http://dh.jmjafrx.com/?p=6467 We shared Cathy Davidson’s strategy for creating a class constitution at #femDH. I did a version of this exercise with the #BlackCodeStudies students and used Etherpad to take collaborative notes as we did. It worked better than I could have hoped. As a college teacher, it was terrifying. As a facilitator, it was electrifying. And for a moment these two identities of mine came together. As a result, I think, the class began to come together too.

They were also brilliant students who made it easy to take risks and try new things–and create community. So there was that too. 🙂

“Student-centered learning undoes many of the assumptions of traditional learning by making each student’s success the goal of the course.  That means there is no pre-determined set of outcomes, no standardized metric of success that each student must attain, no entirely fixed syllabus of content (with variations from an entirely open syllabus to one with “required coverage” and then optional elements), and so forth.

“You can recenter your class around open or student-centered learning practices in gentle ways (such as insisting on egalitarian ways of managing classroom conversation: https://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2015/06/18/why-start-pedagog…).

“Or you can do the full radical version that I’ve been experimenting with for the last decade.  In that version, I begin by having students write, collectively, a “class constitution” examining and then agreeing upon every aspect of what, for them, constitutes a “class.”  All the terms of our engagement for the semester becomes subject to review, discussion, and examination.  (NOTE:  This is not for the faint of heart!)”

Source: Getting Started 5: First Class:Collectively Writing a Constitution | HASTAC


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The Brig Orleans (#BlackCodeStudies, #FemDH) http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/the-brig-orleans-blackcodestudies-femdh/ http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/the-brig-orleans-blackcodestudies-femdh/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 02:24:47 +0000 http://dh.jmjafrx.com/?p=6462 Solomon Northrup, the domestic slave trade to New Orleans, and slave ship manifests as New World data systems…


Original document here.

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Honoring Horne and Black Diasporic Resistance at AAIHS http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/honoring-horne-and-black-diasporic-resistance-at-aaihs/ http://dh.jmjafrx.com/2017/06/27/honoring-horne-and-black-diasporic-resistance-at-aaihs/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 02:13:49 +0000 http://dh.jmjafrx.com/?p=6459 The African American Intellectual History Society recently honored the intellectual and activist work of African diaspora scholar Gerald Horne. Organized by Phillip Luke Sinitiere, if you haven’t yet or IFYMI, definitely explore the posts there by clicking below.

Thank you Phil, Keisha, and everyone at AAIHS for inviting me to contribute!



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