Contribution to Book
Making Things and Drawing Boundaries: Experiments in the Digital Humanities
Jentery Sayers, Editor
University of Minnesota Press
This chapter argues that the success of “making” depends not only on physical space but also on the intersections between disciplines that encourage critical humanistic discourse. Rather than reifying the digital humanities maker as a (usually male, usually white, usually economically and socially advantaged) creator, we argue that the DH makers are uniquely positioned to subvert paradigms of class, race, and gender and ableist privilege. We further assert that as (digital) humanists, we (with our students) have an opportunity and a responsibility to reclaim the importance of making as being historically central to the humanities. After first undoing the presumed discontinuity between traditional humanist practice and contemporary DH makers, we will move on to some specific examples from our own experience and end by articulating the transformative potential of the DH maker as an enactment of humanistic thought.
Hunter, John; Faull, Katherine; and Jakacki, Diane, "Reifying the Maker as Humanist" (2017). Faculty Contributions to Books. 141.