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Digital Humanities at Michigan State University is proud to continue its symposium series on Global DH into its second year. Digital humanities scholarship continues to be driven by work at the intersections of of a range of distinct disciplines and an ethical commitment to preserve and broaden access to cultural materials. The most engaged global DH scholarship, that which MSU champions, values digital tools that enhance the capacity of scholarly critique to reflect a broad range of literary, historical, new media, and cultural positions, and diverse ways of valuing cultural production and knowledge work.

With the growth of the digital humanities, particularly in under-resourced and underrepresented areas, a number of complex issues surface, including, among others, questions of ownership, cultural theft, virtual exploitation, digital rights, and the digital divide. We view the 2017 symposium as an opportunity to broaden the conversation about these issues. Scholarship that works across borders with foci on transnational partnerships and globally accessible data is especially welcome.

Michigan State University has been intentionally global for more than 60 years, with over 1,400 faculty involved in international research, teaching, and service. For the past 20 years, MSU has developed a strong research area in culturally engaged, global digital humanities. Matrix, a digital humanities and social science center at MSU, has done dozens of digital projects in West and Southern Africa that have focused on ethical and reciprocal relationships, and capacity building. WIDE has set best practices for doing community engaged, international, archival work with the Samaritan Collections, Archive 2.0. Today many scholars in the humanities at MSU are engaged in digital projects relating to global, indigenous, and/or underrepresented groups and topics.

The following topics are discussed in the Global Digital Humanities Symposium series:

  • Critical cultural studies and analytics
  • Cultural heritage in a range of contexts
  • How identity categories, and their intersections, shape digital humanities work
  • Global research dialogues and collaborations
  • Indigeneity – anywhere in the world – and the digital
  • Digital humanities, postcolonialism, and neocolonialism
  • Global digital pedagogies
  • Digital and global languages and literatures
  • The state of global digital humanities community
  • Digital humanities, the environment, and climate change
  • The practice of digital humanities across textual, historical, and media divides
  • Innovative and emergent technologies across institutions, languages, and economies
  • Open data and open access policies in a global, postcolonial context
  • Scholarly communication and knowledge production in a global contex

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