“Feminist Digital Humanities: Data, Activism, and the Academy”

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Egan 440
Sponsored By: Barrs Committee, Department of English
Contact: Department of English, 617-373-4540,

Barrs Lecture Series

College of William and Mary

“Feminist Digital Humanities: Data, Activism, and the Academy”

Bodies of Information, the latest volume in the Debates in the Digital Humanities series focuses on the material, embodied, affective, situated, and labor-intensive character of digital archives and social media.

From prototyping bullet-proof garments to stitching sensors monitoring abortion rights, feminist practitioners in the digital humanities are seeking increased visibility, as they orchestrate consciousness raising events about datafication and digital networks.

This talk by one of the volume’s co-editors, a former co-facilitator of the FemTechNet collective, will discuss her own research on hashtag activism in the context of her collaborations in feminist DH.

Elizabeth Losh is an Associate Professor of English and American Studies at William and Mary with a specialization in New Media Ecologies.  Before coming to William and Mary, she directed the Culture, Art, and Technology Program at the University of California, San Diego.

She is the is the author of Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes (MIT Press, 2009) and The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University (MIT Press, 2014). She is the co-author with Jonathan Alexander of Understanding Rhetoric (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013; second edition, 2017). She edited MOOCs and Their Afterlives: Experiments in Scale and Access in Higher Education (University of Chicago, 2017) and co-edited Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities (Minnesota, 2018) with Jacqueline Wernimont. She is author of Hashtag, which is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in September. Her current work-in-progress focuses on ubiquitous computing in the White House in the Obama and Trump administrations.

She has also written a number of frequently cited essays about communities that produce, consume, and circulate online video, videogames, digital photographs, text postings, hashtags, emojis, and programming code in journal articles and edited collections from MIT Press, Routledge, University of Chicago, University of Minnesota, Oxford, Continuum, University of Alabama, University of Illinois, University of Pittsburgh, and many other presses. Much of this body of work concerns the legitimation of political institutions through visual evidence, representations of war and violence in global news, and discourses about human rights.

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