22 Mar 2019
14:00 - 14:45
Henry Wellcome Auditorium
Keynote – Bethany Nowviskie, Digital Library Federation
Digital Humanities at the Grass Roots
Hand in hand with the communities we study and serve, scholars, students, and librarians are entering a new era of collective power-building, political action, and thoughtful resistance — a socio-technical scene of deep civic engagement and creative flourishing. How can models for mutual aid and frameworks for grassroots community organising challenge established relationships, economies, and understandings in and around the academic library? How might they enhance scholarly research agendas, open doors to more authentic library partnerships, and chart paths forward for the ragtag, inter-professional field of the digital humanities?
From charters and toolkits for equitable group formation and decision-making to guerrilla efforts at digital curation, data journalism, and project design — and from obstacles to labor organising within established professional organisations to the conscious and unconscious management of dissent by the “nonprofit industrial complex” — this talk builds on a growing understanding in libraries that to claim neutrality is to side with the oppressor, and on a scholarly recognition that a DH divorced from down-and-dirty, active, and collectively-defined ethics of care is a cluster of methods without purchase on the most crucial structures and challenges of our day.