This past weekend was BCRW’s Scholar and Feminist conference, and, as the theme was the Politics and the Ethics of the Archive, the Digital Humanities Center was excited to co-sponsor and to offer our space and team-members to S&F workshops and panels.
Maira E. Álvarez and Sylvia Fernández, the founders of Borderland Archives Cartography, gave a workshop on “Dismantling the Toxic Discourses through Archives and Public Data” to a packed DHC house Saturday morning. They walked attendees through their experiences collaborating on Torn Apart/Separados, a groundbreaking DH project visualizing the financial and physical roots of ICE in the United States. Central to their workshop was the idea that despite many data-based or digital tools being what they quoted Audre Lorde to term “the Master’s Tools”, they can still be used to anti-colonialist purposes. Álvarez and Fernández have been good enough to make their workshop materials available online, so please do check out the slides from their presentation here.
DHC team-members were also active participants in the conference, with Barnard Director of Teaching, Learning, and Digital Scholarship Miriam Neptune, moderating a panel entitled “Imagine a woman/ asking: How many workers/ for this freedom quilt”: Building an Archive of Domestic Worker Organizing, Now and Before, in which organizers of the Matahari Women Workers’ Center and the Timeline of Domestic Work & Organizing in the United States created by students at Smith for Matahari, spoke about the organization and the project. Check out the timeline here!