Transformative Digital Humanities: Doing Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality and Class in DH

#TransformDH Google Doc

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    Adeline Koh

    Here’s the link to the #TransformDH Google doc. It lists all TransformDH projects and people interested in TransformDH work. Please add and share to the Gdoc and update here as well!

    Contents cut and pasted as of 1/16/13

    This is a collective google document to list scholars who are creating “Transformative Digital Humanities” projects–or, projects which integrate cultural studies approaches (race, gender, class, LGBT, postcolonial, disability studies etc.) and the digital humanities. Feel free to list your name, project and affiliation here, to cross-post this list on your website, and to
    add/forward this to people you know.

    1. Transform DH Collective Tumblr and Blog
    Description: Documenting the experience of the White Australia Policy (Pretty much just Moya at this point; let me know if you want to tumbl!)
    People involved: Anne Cong-Huyen, Moya Bailey, Amanda Phillips, M. Rivera Monclova, Alexis Lothian, Tanner Higgin, Melanie Kohnen

    2. Stockton Postcolonial Studies Project:
    Description: Online web magazine on postcolonial studies, includes comparative studies on hybridity and comics and kitchens and domesticity in postcolonial feminism
    Directed by: Adeline Koh ( @adelinekoh), Visiting faculty fellow Duke U, asst prof of lit Richard Stockton College
    Twitter: #stocktonpostcolonial, @RSCpostcolonial

    3. Digitizing Chinese Englishmen:
    Description: DH project on 19th Century “Asian Victorians”
    Directed by: Adeline Koh ( @adelinekoh), Visiting faculty fellow Duke U, asst prof of lit Richard Stockton College
    Twitter: #CEnglishmen, @CEnglishmen

    4. Invisible Australians:

    Tim Sherratt (@wragge) & Kate Bagnall (@baibi)
    Independent scholars
    Twitter: @invisibleaus

    5. Writing of Indigenous New England:
    Description: digital anthology of writing by Native American people from what is now called New England–selected, edited and curated by tribal historians and university students
    Siobhan Senier, University of New Hampshire (@ssenier)

    6. Migrant textuality:
    Description: A digital variorum of Aimé Césaire’s drama about radical rebellion Et les chiens se taisaient. Before the digital wonderland arrives we should expect 4 digital essays laying out the groundwork. Here’s a preview of the DH tools/methods I’m building around this text (as time permits): a) Hypothetical versions toolkit; b) HTML/CSS digital “forgeries” of original manuscripts and print versions; c) Geo-temporal and differential legograms of the textual field (I explain in detail in the digital essays); and d) an Omeka/Neatline/Zotero bio-bibliography (a.k.a the DH chalupa).
    Alex Gil, University of Virginia/Columbia University ( @elotroalex)
    Description: Ongoing digital initiatives to canonize the history, art, and culture of the Asian American experience.  Currently, we are in the research and development phase. Updates to come.
    Konrad Ng (@konradng)

    7. Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program:

    8. Crunk Feminist Collective:
    Description: Revived in 2010, the CFC aims to articulate a crunk feminist consciousness for people of color, who came of age in the Hip Hop Generation, by creating an online and irl community of scholar-activists from varied professions, who share intellectual work in blog communities, at conferences, through activist organizations, web and print publications, and who share a commitment to nurturing and sustaining one another through progressive feminist visions. The work of the collective is intimately tied to the discipline of Women’s Studies.
    Twitter: @crunkfeminists

    9. The Fight For Knowledge:
    Description: The fight for Knowledge is a digital repository that documents the persistence of school segregation in Richmond, Virginia. The center of this endeavor is a documentary theatre course that looks at student and community engagement around issues of Civil Rights and Education in Richmond. The University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Valentine History Center, the Richmond Public Schools and several alumni groups are collaborating to bring together this repository of communal memory. When completed, it will hold archival photos, audio and video interviews, resources for teachers interested in using the archival material in the classroom and how to guides on building their own digital archive. It is built on using a modified version of their Sandbox theme. It will go live in the Spring of 2013.
    Twitter: @sbarajas

    10. Peril: An Asian Australian magazine of arts + culture:
    Description: Peril is an Asian Australian online magazine that is published twice per year, with funding support from the Australia Council. Founded in 2006, it is published by Peril Magazine Inc. The Peril board includes Tseen Khoo, Lucy Kim Van, Owen Leong, Anna Mandoki, and Hoa Pham. Issue themes have included Skin; Why are people so unkind; Heroes; Passing, Failing; and a special double issue in 2012 that focuses on Asian Australian screen cultures. Peril currently has two guest bloggers: Lia Incognita (@lia_incognita), Eurasian Sensation (Chris Mitchell).
    People involved: Tseen Khoo (@tseenkhoo), Hoa Pham (@hoap),
    Twitter: @perilmag

    11. Chinese-Australian Debutantes:
    Description: PhD project website by Grace Edwards, who is a current PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. Her thesis focuses on the history of Chinese involvement in dance-related cultural activities in Australia, drawing on the experiences of Chinese in activities such as Cantonese opera, dragon dancing, the Young Chinese League’s debutante balls, and the Sydney Chinese Community’s Dragon Balls to contribute new perspectives on the formation of Chinese-Australian public and private identities.
    Twitter: @ChineseAus

    12. Mukurtu:
    Description: The Mukurtu project began in the remote Central Australian town of Tennant Creek with the creation of the Mukurtu Wumpurrarni-kari Archive. The project was born from the needs of the Warumungu Aboriginal community who wanted an archival platform that allowed them to organize, manage and share their digital cultural materials in line with their cultural protocols. Using new technologies we collaborated to develop a user-friendly and culturally relevant system embedded with Warumungu social and cultural protocols. This solution began and ended with the understanding that technology is meant to bend to human needs, not the other way around. Mukurtu is now in development as a free and open source platform distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (or “GPL”).

    13. Of Another Fashion:
    Description: This crowdsourced photo archive of the fashion histories of women of color in the U.S. was created by Minh-Ha T. Pham in May 2010. It is a site of “oppositional memory … against [the] systematic forgetting” of women of color in the mainstream and academic fashion consciousness. The site intends to expand the curatorial and critical frames of fashion history and along with it, women’s histories and U.S. cultural histories. Of Another Fashion draws on social media practices and ethics to create not simply a new history of the fashions of women of color but a new historiography as well, a new way of telling this history that is collaborative, multiperspectival, and dynamic. Submissions to the archive are happily accepted. As of July 2012, the site has over 98,500 subscribers and is catalogued in the world’s largest library database,

    14. Whitewash
    Description: Multimedia project on the construction of whiteness in Portuguese culture

    15. Marronage in Saint-Domingue
    An original project supported by the French Atlantic History Group (McGill University, Mellon Foundation) in collaboration with the Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines of the Université de Sherbrooke, «Marronnage in Saint-Domingue (Haïti) » is an electronic interface meant to decompartementalise the archives of slavery in the French Atlantic world.

    16. Remember Haiti
    The John Carter Brown Library was founded in 1846 by its namesake, a wealthy citizen of Providence.  It is broadly devoted to the history of the Americas, from roughly 1492 to 1825.  The JCB has always collected deeply in French Americana, and we continue to actively acquire materials relating to Haiti and its predecessor colony, Saint Domingue.   A 2004 conference on the bicentennial of Haiti’s independence was an important turning point in raising awareness for Haitian history, and the JCB seeks to build on this legacy through the creation of this digital library.  
    –contains links to full texts of digitized documents

    16. Nineteenth Century Digital Concord Archive (Amy Earhart, @amyeetx)
    The 19th-Century Concord Digital Archive (CDA) gathers the cultural record of Concord, Massachusetts in an interactive digital archive that features multiple innovative user interfaces. Concord, Massachusetts figures centrally in critical discussions of 19th-century literature, philosophy, abolition, women’s literature and history, architecture, and government and is a location that helped to define the critical framework of American literature and history. By digitizing a broad range of materials we provide scholars with additional materials to rethink the way in which we conceptualize these fields.

    17.  Subjecting History: Building a Relationship between History and its Alternatives
    Edited by Thomas Padilla ( @thomasgpadilla) & Trevor Getz.
    In the context of our title, we use the term subject in two ways.  First, we mean to indicate that History is the principal topic being discussed in the text.  Second, we are indicating that we are trying to put History somewhat under the power of the public. The Editors will work with contributing authors to conduct outreach to public communities that have a connection to submitted scholarly work. The online platform that Subjecting History utilizes offers an open forum for scholars and the communities that they represent to engage in conversations about the scholarship that authors submit to Subjecting History. This conversation will be hosted dynamically in the margins of the text using the commenting feature.

    Our goal is to contribute to the building of informed, reciprocal relationships between History and alternative ways of knowing the past.  We are positing that such relationships will not only have positive impacts on research, but also will advance the teaching of History and promote nuanced ethical considerations of the role that Historians can play in society.

    18. 1619: The Making of America
    Project Coordinators: Stephanie Richmond (@profrichmond) and Cassandra Newby-Alexander

    Our project seeks to open dialogues about commemorating 1619 as the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to British North America, the anniversary of the founding of the House of Burgesses and the arrival of the first unmarried, unindentured white women to Virginia.  The project has held one successful conference where dialogues on issues of race, religion, gender, American identity, freedom, citizenship and other issues relating to the coming together of the three major cultural groups that would form the basis of American society.  The project consists of several ongoing efforts to generate scholarly products as well as reach out to community groups and students.  Participating institutions include Norfolk State University, William & Mary, Old Dominion University and other community and educational groups in the Tidewater region.  The project is actively seeking additional member institutions interested in working on these issues, contact us via our website or email for more information.

    19. Israelite Samaritan Archive Project
    Project Coordinators: Jim Ridolfo (@ridolfoj) and William Hart-Davidson (@hartdav2) (e-mail for links to archival materials)

    Brief project description: Working with Samaritan elders in the West Bank and Israel and Biblical/Samaritan scholars, we’ve been working on digitizing Samaritan manuscripts at Michigan State University (three Pentateuchs from Egypt and Syria) and Hebrew Union College (1145 C.E. scroll from Askhelon). We created a metadata acquisition tool tailored to the Samaritan community, conducted iterative design field research in the West Bank and Israel, and have been seeking out additional funds to continue the project. Current project status: Applied for three follow-up NEH grants in 2009, 2010, 2011. Grant applications were overall ranked well but not funded. PIs experience is it’s an uphill battle to receive funding for this kind of work right now (DH work that involves field research with cultural stakeholder communities and iterative design, as well as conservation dollars). Project has received support from Hebrew Union College and in 2010 a 1145 C.E. scroll of Deuteronomy was digitized. Ridolfo received a 2012 Middle East and North Africa Fulbright to do additional research with the Samaritan community in the Palestinian Authority and Israel for a book on the project titled Digital Samaritans. Articles: &

    20.  iFans: Mapping K-pop’s International Fandom
    Crystal S. Anderson (@DrCeeFu) (
    Project Description:  iFans: Mapping K-pop’s International Fandom is a digital humanities project that examines the global spread of K-pop through fan attitudes and activity on the Internet. This project uses qualitative and cultural studies methods to generate case studies of 12 K-pop fan communities, examine several combination fandoms as well as the attitudes of administrators of general K-pop sites and curate artifacts created by fans in an effort to understand global fan attitudes and practices.  Mostly female, global K-pop fan communities include a variety of races and nationalities.  Fandoms also follow groups that are themselves made up of Asian men and women, who reflect a variety of representations of ethnic masculinity and femininity. The project seeks to reveal the dynamics within individual fandoms and across the K-pop fandom terrain.

    21. Hip-Hop Word Count
    Project Description: The Hip-Hop Word Count (HHWC) is a searchable ethnographic database built from the lyrics of over 40,000 Hip-Hop songs from 1979 to present day. The database is the heart of an online analysis tool that generates textual and quantified reports on searched phrases, syntax, memes and socio-political ideas.

    22. GlobalTemp
    Anne Cong-Huyen ( @anitaconchita) (
    Project Description: An online archive of global trends in temporariness: migration, labor, and life in general. It comes from a doctoral dissertation project that examines temporariness as it is represented in literature and media of Dubai, Los Angeles, and Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon. Temporariness is explored as a global phenomenon that is not limited to these cities, but as an effect of globalization, neoliberal deregulation, transnationalism, and increased corporatization. This site is in a very early, draft phase, and is an extension of that project, and documents art, news, research, and additional tidbits of interest related to those cities and elsewhere. Please consider collaborating and contributing.

    23. Project Insight,  Project Mosaic & Beautiful America
    Julian Chambliss (@JulianChambliss)
    Project Insight: Animation project based on primary source research for African-American History survey course. This project utilized xtranormal to create the animations.

    Project Mosaic: Zora Neale Hurston
    Developed byAssociate Professor of History Julian Chambliss and funded through anAssociated Colleges of the South (ACS)Mellon Faculty Renewal Grant, Project Mosaic fosters synergistic dialogue among faculty from five academic disciplines and greater depth within the disciplinary core of each course. As a result, this multidisciplinary approach maximizes exploration of African and African-American cultures in general and understanding of Hurston in specific. By incorporating AAAS thematic focuses across disciplines, Project Mosaic adopts a truly liberal arts approach to analyzing peoples of African descent’s past and present culture, achievements, characteristics, and issues in a global context. And it accomplishes this by leveraging participating faculty from the Departments ofAnthropology,Art and Art History,Education, andHistory to lead their students in exploring Hurston’s cultural impact through their distinct disciplinary lens.

    Project Mosaic is an ongoing curricular project that utilizes a different theme every spring.  During Spring 2012 semester, the second mosaic project utilized migration as the thematic focus.

    Beautiful America: An Exploration of Progressive Era Planning Ideology
    In this projects, students in HIS 143: United States History, 1877 to Present explored the link between planning ideology and public activism in the early twentieth century. In pursuing environmental reform conflicting views over the government’s role was a common theme.  Regardless of the locale (city or county) reformers sought to promote improvement and strove for means to achieve that end. In doing so, they openly debated the parameters of a new regulatory regime and struggled to define the meaning of the “public welfare” in modern society.” In this project, students analyzed the Beautiful America column in the Ladies Home Journal written by J. Horace McFarland to understand how his view of beautification and conservation affected communities across the United States. Each student is examining a column for answers, questions, and proclamations. Answers refer to replies made by McFarland to questions posed by readers. Questions are queries generated by readers that McFarland incorporates into his column. Proclamations are statements made by McFarland concerning planning and beautification that reflect calls for greater public activism. By identifying these categories and mapping them, we can see the interplay between ideology and grassroots activism in a new way.

    Renee Alexander Craft

    Craft and Joseph-Nicholas Named First DIL/IAH Faculty Fellows

    Her project, The Portobelo Digital Oral History Project, is a cultural preservation and collaborative research initiative focused on Portobelo’s Congo tradition.

    People involved in Transform DH projects (Or Who Want to Be!) Please leave your name, Twitter handle or email, and website if you have one. Also if you have a project and would like collaborators, do share a line about it next to your name.

    Alondra Nelson (@alondra)
    Minh-Ha Pham (@minh81)
    Cherie Ann Turpin (@drturpin)
    Adeline Koh ( @adelinekoh)
    Anne Cong Huyen ( @anitaconchita)
    Amanda Philipps (@Nazcathemad)
    Alexis Lothian ( @alothian)
    Marta S. Rivera Monclova ( @PhDeviate) http://PhD
    Moya Bailey (@moyazb)
    Matt Delmont (@mattdelmont)
    Salvador Barajas (@sbarajas)
    Lee Bessette ( @readywriting)
    Siobhan Senier (@ssenier)
    Alex Gil ( @elotroalex)
    Roger Whitson ( @rogerwhitson)
    Michelle Moravec (@professmoravec)
    Angel David Nieves (@angeldnieves)
    Melanie E.S. Kohnen (@_mesk)
    Anne B McGrail (@annemcgrail)
    Tseen Khoo (@tseenkhoo)
    Konrad Ng (@konradng)
    Tanner Higgin (@fearv)
    Julie Levin Russo (@j_l_r)
    Tess Habbestad (@tesshab)
    Amy Earhart (@amyeetx)
    David Golumbia (@dgolumbia)
    Thomas Padilla (@thomasgpadilla)
    Shawn Moore ( @S_moores)
    Lori Lopez (@kidolopez)
    Stephanie Richmond (@profrichmond)
    Jim Ridolfo (@ridolfoj)
    Jack Dougherty (@DoughertyJack)
    Rebecca Harris (@HRH_QueenB)
    Linda Sturtz (
    Nettrice R. Gaskins (@nettieb)
    Julian Chambliss (@JulianChambliss)
    Michael Suen (@poetichentai)
    Kathi Inman Berens (@kathiiberens)
    Jacqueline Wernimont (@profwernimont) (Feminisms and ethical data)
    Jen Michaels (@JenLMichaels)
    Schuyler Esprit (@schuyleresprit)
    Shante Paradigm Smalls (@shanteparadigm)
    Ryan Hunt (@Ryan__Hunt)
    Kim A. Knight (@purplekimchi)
    Viola Lasmana (@viola_lasmana)
    Fayana Richards (@FayanaR)
    Nandini Bhattacharya (
    Mia Ridge (@mia_out),

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