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Feminist DH at UVA Symposium III: Recovered Pasts, Imagined Futures
Event Info
Date:Friday, 02/28/2020
Place:Auditorium, Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library
Event Info

Join us for our third annual symposium on Feminist DH: Recovered Pasts, Imagined Futures! The speakers are:

9:30 am Coffee

10:00 am Gabriela Baeza Ventura & Carolina A. Villarroel
US Latina Legacy: Feminism and Representation in the Archive
This talk will discuss the presence of US Latinas in American culture. We will present on the legacy of the work of the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Program in uncovering, locating and disseminating the written legacy of Latinos in the United States. We will focus on narratives that reveal the active and longstanding participation of Latinas in the culture, history, politics, etc. in the United States as well their role in the feminist movement. The talk will include a preview of a digital network that features women in US serial publications from 1808-1960.

12:00 pm Catered lunch

1:00pm-1:15pm Presentation by NEH Office of Digital Humanities Program Specialist Hannah Alpert-Abrams
Hannah will provide an overview of how the NEH ODH works with students and faculty.

Optional: 1:15-2:00pm Attendees will have a chance to talk one-on-one with a NEH ODH Program Specialist.

2:00 pm Quinn Dombrowski
The 2040 Plan
What will universities look like in 2040 — particularly libraries and the humanities? To what extent will we shape that future through avenues we choose to pursue, and how much will we be forced into a reactionary stance when confronting crises ranging from institutional re-prioritization, to funding cuts at the highest levels of society, to climate change? In this talk, I will reflect on starting a job at Stanford University focused on supporting non-English digital humanities, with the intention of retiring from it. What can one person do in a non-academic support staff role to have some impact on the future, and make that work worth the sacrifices inherent in balancing care for students, faculty, and other staff with care for one’s own family? This talk will offer an overview of some of the projects I’ve undertaken in the last year — including courses on non-English DH and project management and ethical collaboration, the Women and Gender Minorities in DH (DH-WoGeM) group, the Textile Makerspace, a Multilingual DH working group and “Around DH 2020”, and the Data-Sitters Club, in addition to trying to reframe the relationship between my role and faculty. It will also provide a frank assessment of what’s worked and what hasn’t as I’ve tried to find a path towards building at a more humane corner of my university, with an eye towards 2040.

Gabriela Baeza Ventura is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Literature in the Spanish department at the University of Houston. She is the author of “Graciela Limón.” The Historical Anthology of United States Hispanic Literature. NY: Oxford University Press, 2001; “Las aventuras de don Chipote o, Cuando los pericos mamen, una novela carnavalesca.” Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, Volume IV. Houston: Arte Público Press, 2001; “María Luisa Garza.” The Historical Anthology of United States Hispanic Literature. NY: Oxford University Press, 2001; and“La palabra me sonó extraña by Matilde Pons, a parodical response to Freud’s psychoanalysis.” The Politics of the Written Word in the Americas Proceedings Waco: Baylor University, 1999. She earned a masters in literature from the University of New Mexico Albuquerque and a doctorate from the University of Houston in Hispanic Literature.

Dr. Carolina A. Villarroel is the Brown Foundation Director of Research of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project at the University of Houston, where she also teaches literature at a graduate and undergraduate level. She holds a Ph.D. in literature with a specialization in U.S. Latino Literature and Women’s Studies and a CA from the Academy of Certified Archivists.

Quinn Dombrowski is the Academic Technology Specialist in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at Stanford University. She has long been involved with digital humanities, working on a variety of projects including a medieval Russian database, a digital research environment for Bulgarian linguistics and folklore, a platform for developing digital catalogues raisonnés for art historians, and the financial papers of George Washington. Quinn was also a co-founder of DHCommons, a directory of digital humanities projects with an overlay journal, and was the director of the DiRT (Digital Research Tools) directory from 2010 until 2017. Her recent DH activity includes work on Women and Gender Minorities in Digital Humanities (DH-WoGeM), Multilingual DH, and The Data-Sitters Club.

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