Group discussing the intersections of postcolonial studies with the digital humanities
CFP (ACLA 2016): What Do Comparative Literature and Digital Humanities Have…
- 6 September 2015 at 5:33 pm #8603
We invite submission for the seminar “What Do Comparative Literature and Digital Humanities Have To Say To Each Other?: A Critical Approach” at ACLA 2016, which will be held at Harvard University, March 17-20, 2016.
Organizer: Sayan Bhattacharyya, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Co-Organizer: Fatma Tarlaci, University of Texas, Austin
As the controversially dubbed Digital Humanities comes to occupy an increasingly prominent and brightly-lit spot amidst the gloomy and crisis-ridden landscape of today’s humanities fields, it seems to resemble, more and more, a Rorschach test. Some see Digital Humanities as the stalking-horse of a predatory neoliberalism seeking to colonize the academy by displacing the critical function of the humanities with techno-optimist cheerleading, while others advance a redemptive narrative in which the destiny of Digital Humanities is to recover for the humanities their lost former centrality in the world of ideas.
Whatever the reason, Comparative literature as a field of inquiry has not had as much engagement with Digital Humanities as some other humanities disciplines recently have. However, a fertile ground may well exist for a deep critical engagement of Comparative Literature with Digital Humanities — given, on the one hand, the interdisciplinary nature of Comparative Literature and the acknowledgement of multiplicity that underlies Comparative Literature’s normative foundations, and, on the other hand, the emphasis, in Digital Humanities, on multimodality (as in distant/close, visual/narrational, et cetera) as central to reading and interpretation.
We seek papers that interrogate the terms of such potential engagement in both directions. Of special interest are papers that highlight methods and approaches particular to Comparative Literature that could help both to enrich Digital Humanities and to critique the implicit and unstated assumptions of Digital Humanities; or delineate the ways in which Digital Humanities could be a source of new metaphors that enliven and reinvigorate high theory — including pedagogically — in the so-called “post-theory” era.</div>
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