All the Digital Humanists Are White, All the Nerds Are Men, but Some of Us Are Brave

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My  “conversation” in the inaugural Journal of Digital Humanities is live! Special thanks to Natalia Cecire for the invitation!

Following a fascinating talk by Ed Finn on the changing role and source of literary criticism in a digital age, Natalia Cecire queried the implicit neutrality of a term like “nerd.” Melissa Harris-Perry’s reclamation aside, the racialized and gendered aspects of nerddom, and by extension the digital humanities, offer opportunities for a more explicit engagement with positionalities that lead “white men to feel embattled.” How do those outside the categories white and male navigate this burgeoning disciplinary terrain?

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