The Politics of Inclusion: Equity and Inequity in Digital Spaces

March 25, 2015 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Temple University: Paley Library
1210 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Beyond the Page, a public programming series held at Temple University, fosters conversations of social, scholarly and educational value. This yearlong series invites scholars, writers, artists, and experts in a variety of fields to address topics pertinent to scholarship at Temple and of importance to the university and in the surrounding community.

The next series, The Politics of Inclusion: Equity and Inequity in Digital Spaces, is this Wednesday, March 25, at 2:30 p.m in the Lecture Hall on the ground floor of the Samuel L. Paley Library.

The panelists include Jessica Marie Johnson, Michelle Moravec, and Roopika Risam, and the event will be moderated by Jacqueline Wernimont.

Jessica Marie Johnson is an Assistant Professor of History at Michigan State University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in History from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.A. in African & African American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis where she was also a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow.Her research interests include women, gender, and sexuality in the African diaspora; histories of slavery and the slave trade; and digital history and new media and has appeared in Slavery & Abolition and Meridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism. As a digital humanist, Johnson is interested in ways digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent, and the power of radical media to create social change.

Michelle Moravec is an associate professor of history at Rosemont College in Philadelphia, PA. After receiving her Ph.D. in US history from the University of California Los Angeles, she worked in a range of alt-ac positions including women’s leadership and directing the Women’s Center at William Paterson University. Her current project, the Politics of Women’s Culture, is being written in public on the web and has been funded by the Getty Research Institute, the Schlesinger Library, and Barnard College Library. Her completed digital history projects include Gender in the History of Woman Suffrage, Unghosting Apparitional Lesbian History, and Visualizing Schneemann.  She also collaborates with students at Rosemont College and Villanova University on two additional digital history project, Till I’ve Done All that I Can: Alma A Clarke’s Great War, and Chapel of Delight: the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Rosemont College.

Roopika Risam is an assistant professor of English and English education at Salem State University. Her research examines the intersections between postcolonial and Africana studies and the role of digital humanities in mediating between them. Her monograph Postcolonial Digital Humanities is under contract with Northwestern University Press. Her digital scholarship includes The Harlem Shadows Project, on producing usable critical editions of public domain texts; Postcolonial Digital Humanities, an online community dedicated to global explorations of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability within cultures of technology; and EdConteXts, an international network of educators.

Jacqueline Wernimont is an assistant professor of English at Arizona State, and is affiliated with ASU’s pioneering Nexus Lab for Digital Humanities and Transdisciplinary Informatics, the ASU Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Identity, and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

The event will is co-sponsored by the General Education Department.


More information about the Beyond the Page series may be found here.

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