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New Digital Worlds

Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy
Roopika Risam

The emergence of digital humanities has been heralded for its commitment to openness, access, and the democratizing of knowledge, but it raises a number of questions about omissions with respect to race, gender, sexuality, disability, and nation. Postcolonial digital humanities is one approach to uncovering and remedying inequalities in digital knowledge production, which is implicated in an information-age politics of knowledge. 

New Digital Worlds traces the formation of postcolonial studies and digital humanities as fields, identifying how they can intervene in knowledge production in the digital age. Roopika Risam examines the role of colonial violence in the development of digital archives and the possibilities of postcolonial digital archives for resisting this violence. Offering a reading of the colonialist dimensions of global organizations for digital humanities research, she explores efforts to decenter these institutions by emphasizing the local practices that subtend global formations and pedagogical approaches that support this decentering. Last, Risam attends to human futures in new digital worlds, evaluating both how algorithms and natural language processing software used in digital humanities projects produce universalist notions of the "human" and also how to resist this phenomenon. 
About the Author

ROOPIKA RISAM is an assistant professor of English at Salem State University, where she examines the intersections of postcolonial studies, African diaspora studies, and digital humanities. She codirects several digital projects, including the Harlem Shadows Project, Digital Salem, and the NEH- and IMLS-funded Networking the Regional Comprehensives.

"This book speaks to a vibrant and emerging field, and as such, offers a unique and important contribution to postcolonial studies in engagement with digital humanities. This exciting and generative study will instigate new dialogues about the relations between technology and power, digital worlds and social justice in a global context." —Kavita Daiya, author of Violent Belongings: Partition, Gender, and National Culture in Postcolonial India