Chai Wai: Digital Humanities

The first Chai Wai Series event of the Spring 2018 semester included a discussion about Digital Humanities. Four faculty members from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, all with different backgrounds and experiences, came together to foster informative discussions relating to Digital Humanities.





Harriet Green

Harriet Green: Publishing Without Walls
Head of Scholarly Communication and Publishing, Scholarly Communication and Publishing Librarian, and Associate Professor, University Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Harriett Green presented on the Publishing Without Walls initiative, a Mellon Foundation-funded project to support the development of a library-based digital publishing enterprise that enables scholars to pursue innovative forms of publishing and scholarly communication. Green provided an overview of the resources and services now offered by the University Library and its new Scholarly Communication and Publishing department to support open access publishing, scholarly communication, and open repository infrastructure that support data-intensive research and teaching.
Publishing Without Walls Presentation by Harriet Green


John Randolph

John Randolph: Exploring Innovation in the Global Midwest
Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Director of REEEC
John Randolph presented about SourceLab and the problem of building digital documentary publishing practices into undergraduate education.  His work examines how humanities education responds to the rapid, somewhat mysterious, expansion of historical documentation online.
SourceLab Powerpoint by John Randolph



Anita Chan

Anita Chan: Exploring Innovation in the Global Midwest: Digital Humanities Research and Pedagogy Across Regional Archives
Associate Research Professor of Communications, Department of Media and Cinema Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Anita Chan highlighted Digital Humanities projects as means to organize novel multi-sited, interdisciplinary collaborations, that brings together scholars from across varied locales and archives of the “global Midwest” — the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University, and the University of Minnesota. These sites are brought together as a cross-disciplinary, multi-campus coordinated exploration into the Midwest’s layered innovation histories that have often been overshadowed by innovation narratives focused on dominant regions and centers of computing (whether academic sites like MIT or Stanford, or regions like Silicon Valley and Massachusetts’ Route 128).



Veronica Paredes

Veronica Paredes: FemTechNet (FTN)
Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Cinema Studies and at the Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Veronica Paredes shared her experience with FemTechNet. Since 2013, (FTN) has organized, coordinated, and documented a distributed, open, collaborative course on the topic of feminism and technology. The work of maintaining this network has become the focus of their research, as well as media, teaching and learning practices. FTN aims to be an artist or activist collective that strives for mutual care and projects that get done based on the interest and energy of participants. We also aim to provide a supportive community for the difficult work of feminist pedagogy. 

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