Fall 2018 Digital Scholarship Events

No prior knowledge necessary and food will be served in all workshops. Students, faculty, and staff from any discipline are encouraged to attend. For questions, please contact Albert A. Palacios at aapalacios@austin.utexas.edu.


Justice-Based Practices for Archives and Critical Digital Humanities
Wednesday, September 5, 12–1:30pm, PCL Learning Lab 4

In this hands-on collaborative workshop, we will draw upon pre-circulated readings to map initial vocabularies and identify key areas of overlap between archives and DH. We will then generate recommendations for justice based practices in these spaces of overlap that will be shared more broadly.

Lunch will be served. Space is limited to 30. Registration closes Tuesday, September 4 at 12 PM, through Eventbrite.

Topic Modeling Violence in Guatemala
Wednesday, September 26, 12–1:30pm, PCL Data Lab

With the proliferation of digital collections, there is a growing interest in using automatic data mining methods to analyze and visualize large corpora of texts for new insight. Jennifer Isasi (CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation) will teach the basics on how to explore and discover overarching themes in texts using Mallet, a topic modeling tool. Participants will explore a dataset derived from the Center of Regional Research in Mesoamerica’s collection of newspaper clippings covering violence in Guatemala (Archivo de Inforpress Centroamericana), digitally accessible through the Benson’s Latin American Digital Initiatives portal.

Lunch will be served. Space is limited to 15. Registration closes Tuesday, September 25 at 12 PM, through Eventbrite.

(Digital) Methodology of the Oppressed: Decolonial Theory & US Latina/o Digital Humanities
Friday, November 2, 12–1:30pm, Benson Conference Room

LLILAS Benson “Digital Scholarship in the Americas” Speaker Series
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Mexican American Studies

In this talk, Dr. Lorena Gauthereau draws on Chela Sandoval, Cherríe Moraga, and Emma Pérez to discuss the implications and applications of Chicana decolonial theory and affect theory for the Digital Humanities and minority collections. By focusing on the emerging US Latina/o Digital Humanities initiative at Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage, she examines the structural colonial problems encountered in US Latina/o DH and the stakes of digital decolonial praxis.

Dr. Lorena Gauthereau is the CLIR-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Houston’s Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage where she works on data curation and is helping to create the first digital humanities center focused on US Latinx studies. There, she leads and collaborates on digital humanities projects and programming. Gauthereau received her Ph.D. from Rice University in English literature. Her research interests include Chicana/o literature, Chicana feminism, affect theory, class analysis, decolonial theory, and the digital humanities. Her current book project, Manos de Obra: Class, Race, Gender, and Colonial Affect-Culture in Mexican American Literature, interrogates race and class in their intersection with affect, taking into account the greater history of colonialism in the Americas.

Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Registration opens Wednesday, October 10 and closes Thursday, November 1 at 5 PM, through Eventbrite.

Past Workshops