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Oct 2 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The faculty research group of DH@SDSU is a reading group that serves as the central hub for building a research community around topic and questions related to Digital Humanities. Faculty from across disciplines meet once-a-month (and over lunch!) to discuss readings in the field of digital humanities. In the process, we are creating a cohort of research faculty interested in exploring how traditional humanities matter in and for our digital world.

Fall meetings will be held in the Digital Humanities Center (LA 61 - bottom of the Dome) from 12:30-1:30 pm on the first Tuesday of the month: October 2, November 6, and December 4.

October 2 Reading

Co-founder and co-director of the DH Initiative, Joanna Brooks (Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Associate Vice President for Faculty Advancement) will lead us in a discussion of A Third University is Possible (University of Minnesota Press 2017) by la paperson (a.k.a. K. Wayne Yang, UCSD). The book is short (72 pages) and an easy but powerful read. It is also only $8 from Amazon (Book abstract below).

Lunch wil be served. Kindly RSVP (digitalhumanities@sdsu.edu) to help us know how much food to order. Graduate students are always welcome. 

A Third University is Possible unravels the intimate relationship between the more than 200 US land grant institutions, American settler colonialism, and contemporary university expansion. Author la paperson cracks open uncanny connections between Indian boarding schools, Black education, and missionary schools in Kenya; and between the Department of Homeland Security and the University of California. Central to la paperson’s discussion is the “scyborg,” a decolonizing agent of technological subversion. Drawing parallels to Third Cinema and Black filmmaking assemblages, A Third University is Possible ultimately presents new ways of using language to develop a framework for hotwiring university “machines” to the practical work of decolonization


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