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Building New Digital Worlds: Digital Humanities from a Postcolonial Perspective

March 7 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Salem State University Professor Roopika Risam will give a virtual talk from 3:30-4:45 on Monday, March 7 to the Boise State community on “Building New Digital Worlds: Digital Humanities from a Postcolonial Perspective.”

Zoom link: https://boisestate.zoom.us/j/99709129410

Digital humanities emerged as a methodological approach filled with great promise for the democratization of knowledge. But without attention to the relationship between colonialism and knowledge production (in analog and digital forms) it risks reproducing and amplifying the gaps and exclusions in the cultural record produced by colonialism. In this talk, Risam explores these issues and discusses approaches needed to address them.

Risam is chair of secondary and higher education and associate professor of education and English at Salem State University. She is the author of “New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy” and co-editor of The Digital Black Atlantic, South Asian Digital Humanities, and Intersectionality in Digital Humanities. Risam is also the director of the Mellon-funded Digital Ethnic Futures Consortium, a network of scholars teaching at the intersections of digital humanities and ethnic studies.