Transformative Digital Humanities: Feminist Interventions in Structure, Representation, and Practice – March 23rd

Please join us this Friday, March 23rd, for a free day conference at Loyola exploring feminist approaches to the Digital Humanities. From our earliest discussions, we have hoped this conference would not only foster a discussion about a pressing topic but also serve as a site of gathering and networking for scholars and librarians from across Chicagoland and beyond. Information and registration for the conference are below. To those who have already registered, we look forward to seeing you on the 23rd. To those who haven’t, we hope to see you, too!
Pamela Caughie, Niamh McGuigan, and Kyle Roberts
Transformative Digital Humanities
In 2018, how have digital humanities scholars taken up the call to expand the literary and historical canon to include groups that have been understudied or misrepresented by the print record? What does an intersectional, feminist DH methodology look like, who or what is it transforming, and how might we practice it in our own institutions? Transformative Digital Humanities: Feminist Interventions in Structure, Representation, and Practice asks how digital work might better support the knowledge and cultural production of women and people of color.
We invite humanities scholars, librarians, archivists, digital historians, and others to connect and participate in a day of discussion that will address questions about the organizational and technical infrastructures needed to support transformative digital research, and consider alternative modes of representing gender and race in digital archives.
23 March 2018, 9:00am – 5:30 pm
Klarchek Information Commons, 4th Floor
Loyola University Chicago
Sponsored by Loyola University Chicago: College of Arts and Sciences, University Libraries, the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, the English Department, and the Martin J. Svaglic Endowed Chair in Textual Studies.
With generous support from Gale-Cengage
Free and Open to the Public — Register online:
Parts of the conference will be livestreamed on the CTSDH Facebook page:
Contact Kyle Roberts, with questions or visit the CTSDH website​
Keynote Speakers:
Susan Brown, Professor of English; Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship, University of Guelph. She leads the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (, an online repository and research environment for literary studies in Canada. She is also one of the founders of the Orlando project, an online repository of women’s writing in the British Isles.
Laura Mandell, Professor of English; Director of Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University. She is the founding and current director of ARC, the Advanced Research Consortium (, editor of The Poetess Archive, and author of Breaking the Book: Print Humanities in the Digital Age.
Kim Gallon,  Assistant Professor of History, Purdue University. She is the founder and director of the Black Press Research Collective ( and an ongoing visiting scholar at the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Cassandra DellaCorte, Wikipedian in Residence, DePaul University.  She works with students and faculty to correct systemic bias and information gaps on Wikipedia, while highlighting the importance of media literacy in scholarship.
9:00 Coffee
9:15 Welcome – Pamela Caughie, Department of English; Geoff Swindells, Associate Dean of the University Libraries
9:30-10:45 Keynote: Ontological Interventions
Laura Mandell, Texas A&M University, and Susan Brown, University of Guelph Moderator: Niamh McGuigan, University LIbraries
11:00-12:15 Roundtable Discussion: Putting it into Action
Margaret Heller, University Libraries
Andi Pacheco, School of Communication
Rebecca Parker, Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities
Caitlin Pollock, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Roshanna Sylvester, DePaul University
12:15-1:15 ​Lunch with Gale-Cengage, Presentation on Archives of Sexuality and Gender and Digital Scholar Lab
1:30-2:15 Keynote: The Black Data Life Cycle: Black Digital Humanities Praxis
Kim Gallon, Purdue University
Moderator: Kyle Roberts, Department of History and CTSDH
2:30-3:30 Roundtable Discussion: Digital Representation Today
Florence Chee, School of Communication
Emily Datskou, Department of English
Frederick Staidum Jr., Department of English
Priyanka Jacob, Department of English
Amanda Malmstrom,  Women and Leadership Archive
3:30-3:45 Coffee Break
3:45-5:00 A Woman’s Place is in the Wiki: Feminism and Wikipedia
Cassandra DellaCorte, DePaul University
Moderator: Nancy Freeman, Women and Leadership Archives
5:00 Reception

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