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Sustainability and Digital Humanities

Posted by on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in uncategorized.

Meets Alternate Tuesdays, 4-5 pm in the Digital Humanities Center, 344 Buttrick Hall


The intersections of ecological humanities and digital humanities have drawn increasing scholarly attention in recent years, as demonstrated by the bevy of articles in the March 2016 PMLA appearing under the rubric Assembling the Ecological Digital Humanities. In this working group, we will explore the emerging field of EcoDH, using three notions of sustainability to guide our discussions: ecological sustainability, socio-economic sustainability, and the sustainability of scholarship. With the help of important thinkers such as Matthew Kirschenbaum and Johanna Drucker, we will investigate topics including the materiality of digital objects, the generation of e-waste, and the reproduction of socio-economic difference in electronic culture, considering how these impact our teaching and our research, and experimenting with fun tools that may be able to help us mitigate some of the human and environmental degradation inherent in our digital existence. For more information, contact edward.dawson@Vanderbilt.Edu or


Week 2: Carruth, Allison. “Ecological Media Studies and the Matter of Digital Technologies.” PMLA 131.2 (2016): 364–372. Download it here.

Week 3: Maxwell, Richard, Jon Raundalen, and Nina Lager Vestberg. “Introduction: Media Ecology Recycled.” Media and the Ecological Crisis. Ed. Richard Maxwell, Jon Raundalen, and Nina Lager Vestberg. New York; London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. xi–xxi.
View it on Google Books.

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