DHSITE 2022: keynote speakers

Committed to Open Knowledge

Tanja Niemann, Executive Director of Érudit

  • Date: Wednesday, May 25
  • Time: 13:00 to 14:30
  • Language of presentation: French
  • This presentation will be hosted in the CreatorSpace (302 Pérez Hall), with option for participants to attend virtually via Zoom

Érudit supports scholarly and cultural journals in their digital dissemination, with the erudit.org platform being one of the main access points for Canadian research in the humanities and social sciences in English and French. The last twenty years have been marked by significant changes, including support for the open access movement. By examining the evolution of Érudit, this presentation will draw a portrait of the issues surrounding digital dissemination in Canada and abroad.

Tanja Niemann is Executive Director of the Canadian Consortium Érudit. Involved with Érudit for more than 15 years, she has been responsible for publisher relations and collection development including large-scale digitization projects and technological development. She has extensive experience in managing research infrastructure in the humanities and social sciences. She is currently co-leading Coalition Publica, a pan-Canadian project developing a non-commercial, open source national infrastructure for digital scholarly publishing, dissemination, and research.

Data Feminism in Action

Dr. Lauren F. Klein, English and Quantitative Theory & Methods (Emory University)

  • Date: Friday, May 27
  • Time: 13:00 to 14:30
  • Language of presentation: English
  • This is a virtual presentation

What is data feminism? How is feminist thinking being incorporated into data-driven work? And how are scholars in the humanities, in particular, bringing together data science, data visualization, and feminist theory in their research?

Drawing from her recent book, Data Feminism (MIT Press), coauthored with Catherine D’Ignazio, Klein will present a set of principles for doing data science that are informed by the past several decades of intersectional feminist activism and critical thought. In order to illustrate these principles, as well as some of the ways that scholars have begun to put them into action, she will discuss a range of recent research projects including several of her own: 1) a thematic analysis of a large corpus of nineteenth-century newspapers that reveals the invisible labor of women newspaper editors; 2) the development of a model of lexical semantic change that, when combined with network analysis, tells a new story about Black activism in the  nineteenth-century United States; and 3) an interactive book on the history of data visualization that shows how questions of politics have been present in the field since its start. Taken together, these examples demonstrate how feminist thinking can be operationalized into more ethical, more intentional, and more capacious data practices, in the digital humanities and beyond.

Photo by Tamara Gonzalez

Lauren Klein is Winship Distinguished Research Professor and Associate Professor in the departments of English and Quantitative Theory & Methods at Emory University, where she also directs the Digital Humanities Lab

She is the author of An Archive of Taste: Race and Eating in the Early United States (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) and, with Catherine D’Ignazio, Data Feminism (MIT Press, 2020). With Matthew K. Gold, she edits Debates in the Digital Humanitiesa hybrid print-digital publication stream that explores debates in the field as they emerge.

Questions? Contact the DH Coordinator at dhnarts@uOttawa.ca.