Paradigms of Difference: Modern Languages+Digital Humanities

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    Élika Ortega

    This is the third session organized by the Forum in Digital Humanities (DH) dealing with the intersections of Modern Languages (ML) and DH. In both 2019 and 2020, the discussions have focused on the contributions that ML makes to DH, and on the way both fields intersect critically. Building up on these discussions, for 2021, we’re hoping to address the issue of cultural/linguistic difference that are most commonly at the core of fields known as modern languages, world languages, foreign languages, and area studies.


    The scholarly fields grouped together as Modern Languages shift depending on the national or dominant languages of a given locale. This is more readily visible in formulations like departamental denominations like World or Foreign Languages. Perhaps the thread connecting all of them is that their study entails cultural and/or linguistic difference and interrogations of the power differential among them. In the globalizing and homogenizing space of digital technologies what are the interventions that Modern Languages Digital Humanities can do to address difference. How are cultural and/or linguistic differences articulated, debated, problematized or integrated at various levels of making, analysis, or critique.

    Please submit 300 word abstracts and CV by March 20. This guaranteed session is sponsored by the TC Forum in Digital Humanities.

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