Scholar and Feminist Conference

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.

workshop attendees seated around the tables and on the windowsills in the DHC

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.

workshop attendees standing all along the walls of the DHC
The room was PACKED

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!

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