Intimacy, Community, and Collectivity: Interdiciplinarity and Digital Humanities

The Storify to accompany my talk at Western University, Thursday October 11th, 2012


  1. The dominant narrative of "crisis" in higher education
  2. Excellence Without Money: The Movie
  3. The perils of the non-tt alt-academic career, where many DH jobs reside.
  4. Heather Murray's piece on Microhistory can be found in Home-Work: Postcolonialsm, Pedagogy, and Canadian Literature, edited by Cynthia Sugars. Microhistory is "rooted in the attempt to incorporate peripheral or marginal events, figures, and communities into the historical picture"
  5. DH and Microhistory
  6. Audrey Watters' blog post.
  7. "2004 was when I started blogging, and I was relieved to find a supportive readership among fellow grad students, academics early in their careers, and others with loved ones with cancer. I found little such community on my own campus. I found little such support from my department. I found little such support from my dissertation committee members — professors that I had considered my mentors."
  8. Kim Thuy, author of Ru and À toi.
  9. My blog post reviewing and reacting to the intimacy found in the book.
  10. "It’s a beautiful book, but I often felt uncomfortable reading these emails, sent off at all hours of the day, often in hurried and breathless (but no less artful) responses. I couldn’t help but thinking, this is what so many pop-psychologists or therapists would call an emotional affair, as they shared secrets and intimacies with one another.* But what it also represents is two like-minded people coming together and sharing their uncommon bond over the experience of exile, living between languages, and, ultimately, a love of the beauty in language. They are, for lack of a better word in English, des intimes, or intimate friends. "Intimacy, in our society, has taken on a more negative connotation, one that typically means something more salacious and scandalous. But for generations of artists and intellectuals, these kinds of relationships were essential to the growth and evolution of their work."
  11. Can we counter the narrative of negativity associated with technology generally and social media more specifically?