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#SL3: Latinxs in Digital Humanities Roundtable
Friday, 26/Jul/2019:
2:50pm - 3:50pm

Session Chair: Joel Zapata
Location: Marquis C, Marriott City Center
capacity 60

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Manos a la obra: Latinxs in Digital Humanities

Joel Zapata1, María Esther Hammack2, Alexander Gil3, Carolina Villarroel4

1Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, United States of America; 2University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, United States of America; 3Columbia University, USA; 4University of Houston, USA

Borderlands are understood as intersections that share common land through historical, cultural, political and transnational systems. Digital humanists have begun to build projects that visualize, create alternate spaces and resources, and serve as counter-discourse interventions to negative representations of the US-Mexico border region, its communities and cultures. These projects highlight histories and stories that have been excluded from conventional border histories. In this roundtable, Latinas/os from various disciplines will present in Spanish and English. Each will discuss how the integration of DH practices in their humanities research has led them to dialogue and understand how “postcolonial digital humanities offers a language to ask of digital humanities important questions such as who is speaking, who is being spoken of, who is spoken for, which languages are being used, and what assumptions subtend its productions, distribution, and consumption” (Risam 346). Each speaker has 10 minutes, with 20 minutes open for discussion with the audience.

Firstly, it will address the first initiative designed towards the creation of a network of scholars working in borderlands/border digital humanities. This collaborative project “United Fronteras” brings together scholars from various disciplines and universities across North America. Through visualizations and a digital map it brings together works that use digital components to document the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands from multiple perspectives since colonial times to the twenty-first century. Following, the next presenter overviews the design and development of a research center focused on multilingual technology innovation on the Mexico/U.S. borderland. Sites of Translation User-Experience Research Center is an interdisciplinary, community and University-driven resource that facilitates the design of multilingual websites, software, and applications for a wide range of organizations. By collaborating with local organizations and training students to design, test, and disseminate technologies in multiple languages, this research center is a site of multilingual technology innovation.

Moreover, it will be examine how the project, Chicana/o Activism in the Southern Plains Through Time and Space, helps reveal an understudied portion of the Chicana/o Movement: the way it unfolded on the Southern Plains. This project centers around an approachable interactive map and timeline, and a curated collection of materials. It adds to scholarly and socially significant conversations showing that the region was home to a burgeoning wing of the Chicana/o Movement and that instances of police brutality largely spurred this wing of the social justice movement and united the plains’ Mexican population across political ideology. The final speaker will discuss a forthcoming project tied to their dissertation. South of Slavery is a bilingual platform that traces the journeys and lived experiences of Black people who left the United States for Mexico seeking freedom and opportunity. This resource reconceptualizes the Mexico-US borderlands as a site that played an important role in the history of US slavery and freedom in the long nineteenth century. These speakers articulate a vision of Latinas/os engaging in DH practices and their efforts to find ways to fill gaps, deconstruct discourses and resist coloniality within and beyond the US-Mexico borderlands.

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