Digital Scholarship Seminar Series: Maintaining Diversity in the Digital World

Following the successful launch of the Digital Scholarship Seminar Series last academic year, we’re inviting you to join us again for more stimulating discussions on how digital projects and tools impact scholarship. This year we’re continuing our theme of digital diversity as this has provoked some extraordinary conversations over the past year (see below for an explanation of digital diversity).

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, we will be welcoming Gabrielle M. W. Bychowski, Anisfield-Wolf SAGES Fellow and Lecturer at Case Western Reserve University to present “The Signal Never Dies: Transgender and Digital Communities.” Co-sponsored by JHU’s LGTBQ Life, Dr Bychowski will explore how the relative lack of physical "trans spaces" (bars, neighborhoods, etc.) has created a vacuum wherein the internet has become such a space where most trans people (especially youths) engage in community for the first time; she will also consider how it often falls to digital realms to mourn the dead and transform their memory into activism. The seminar will take place at 5pm in BLC 4040.


Spring 2018 semester, noted digital humanist and medievalist, Dorothy Kim will join us to discuss oft-neglected parts of the history of digital humanities (DH). Often seen as a space of both academic and social progression, DH nonetheless has a past that insects with discrimination and oppression. If DH is truly to be a positive force, we must face its foundations.

Photo of Frederick Douglass: African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman

Frederick Douglass: African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. (ca. 1818 - 1895)

Our first seminar was a joint event with the Special Collections Research Center: Mapping Frederick Douglass and took place on Thursday, October 19th at 5pm in the BLC Macksey Seminar Room 2043. Presented by Lawrence Jackson, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of History and English, and Jim Gillispie, GIS Librarian and Curator of Maps, the seminar will explore the process of mapping sites in Baltimore that Douglass wrote about in his autobiography. A social reformer, abolitionist, and author, Douglass had spent many years as a slave in Maryland before escaping and becoming a noted orator and statesman.





We want to put questions of diversity and inclusion center stage as we develop our support for digital scholarship here in the Library. Without attention to this topic we can’t think seriously about how digital tools and methodologies might help and enable, but also hinder and discriminate against expressions of human identity, culture, and history. The theme is intended to be broad to encourage participants interested in issues of diversity including race, gender, sexuality, disability, and faith.

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