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NYC Digital Humanities
in a Context of Radical Care

This year’s kickoff event will focus collective attention and action on the relationship between individual digital humanists and NYCDH as a community of practice impacted by ongoing crises and traumas, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, budget austerity, labor conditions, and pedagogical transition, that expose the inequitable conditions in which we do our work. In A Burst of Light, NYC-based poet Audre Lorde writes: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Foregrounding the unequal, varied, and fluid impacts of the past year’s events on the NYC DH community as individuals and as a collective, our kickoff events and week-long focus groups will consider how “radical care” might mobilize communities toward positive social action while resisting its potential to reinforce systemic inequity. How might the NYC DH community come together through a shared understanding of radical care and “show up” for one another, moving us toward hopeful change?

In place of the traditional keynote lecture, this year’s kickoff ceremony will feature a conversation between two members of our NYC DH community, Madiha Zahrah Choksi, Research and Learning Technologies Librarian at Columbia University, and Lisa Rhody, Deputy Director of Digital Initiatives at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Following the conversation, there will be opportunities for breakout room discussions and networking sessions.

Madiha Zahrah Choksi

Madiha Zahrah Choksi

Lisa Marie Rhody

Lisa Marie Rhody

As is tradition, following the keynote we will be announcing the winners of our annual Graduate Student awards with presentations by the winners

Schedule

Noon – 1:30

  • Introduction to the week
  • Kickoff keynote talk

1:30 – 2:30

  • Breakout Room Discussions
  • Networking Sessions

4:30 – 6:00

  • Graduate Student award announcement and presentations

2020 Award Winners

First Place Hilary Wilson (CUNY Graduate Center), “Urban Policy from the Post-WWII Period to the Present”
Second Place Daniel Fox (CUNY Graduate Center), “Is there Gender Bias in the Genre Labels for Musicians on Wikipedia?”
Honorable Mention Kristen Hackett (CUNY Graduate Center), “Recalibrating Queens”
Honorable Mention Maria Agustina Checa (CUNY Graduate Center), “Magnetismo Sónico”
Honorable Mention Lara Alonso (CUNY Graduate Center), “Corona Stories

Click here for more info about NYCDH Graduate Student Awards