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Diversity Workshop 2020

delivered by Barbara Bordalejo and

Daniel O'Donnell, DH Ottawa.

After registering for the workshop, read the information below.

One of the main characteristics of work in the Digital Humanities is collaboration: between individual scholars with complementary expertise, across disciplines, and languages, countries, and continents. Many digital humanists have found that academic cultures can differ widely because cultural factors often weigh on the scope and vision of individuals. For this reason, diversity is at the forefront of the Digital Humanities. This workshop aims to make the participants acquainted with different understandings of diversity in different parts of the globe while considering how more diverse teams contribute to the development of our work.

The workshop is directed at anyone with an interest in understanding diversity in digital humanities and creating a welcoming and inclusive DH environment. Conference organizers, leaders in the field, and those who often form part of hiring committees are invited to participate. Everyone is welcome to attend, but we particularly encourage the participation of people who are in privileged positions in academia, GLAM, or similar environments.

The workshop will combine presentations, individual work, and roundtables tackling issues such as:

· The importance of diversity

· Implicit bias

· Cultural cloning

· Intersectionality

· Civil courage

· Strategies for becoming more inclusive

· Effective collaboration across cultures

The workshop will cover gender, ethnic, and linguistic diversity, as well as topics such as ableism, cultural diversity, class, and other matters. The important notion of intercultural communication will also be addressed.

During these conversations and exercises, we will have a particular focus on the digital humanities as a working environment, but many of the strategies might be transposed to other areas or to the projects that we develop as digital humanists.

Important Information on how to participate

  • Watch our welcome video (you can find the script here)

  • Read through our presentation

  • Read this article by Daniel O'Donnell

  • Choose one of the implicit bias tests and do it before the live session (you don't have to share your results with others unless you choose to do so)

  • Watch the Technology is not Neutral video

  • Join us on Friday, July 24th for a Zoom live session (this is why we need your email address)


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