Digital Humanities at Michigan State University is proud to extend its symposium series on Global DH into its fifth year. Digital humanities scholarship continues to be driven by work at the intersections of a range of distinct disciplines and an ethical commitment to preserve and broaden access to cultural materials. The most engaged global DH scholarship, that which MSU champions, values digital tools that enhance the capacity of scholarly critique to reflect a broad range of literary, historical, new media, and cultural positions, and diverse ways of valuing cultural production and knowledge work. Particularly valuable are strategies in which the digital form manifests a critical perspective on the digital content and the position of the researcher to their material.

With the growth of the digital humanities, particularly in under-resourced and underrepresented areas, a number of complex issues surface, including, among others, questions of ownership, cultural theft, virtual exploitation, digital rights, endangered data, and the digital divide. We view the 2020 symposium as an opportunity to broaden the conversation about these issues. Scholarship that works across borders with foci on transnational partnerships and globally accessible data is especially welcome.

Michigan State University has been intentionally global for more than 60 years, with over 1,400 faculty involved in international research, teaching, and service. For the past 20 years, MSU has developed a strong research area in culturally engaged, global digital humanities. Matrix, a digital humanities and social science center at MSU, has done dozens of digital projects in West and Southern Africa that have focused on ethical and reciprocal relationships and capacity building. WIDE has set best practices for doing community engaged, international, archival work with the Samaritan Collections, Archive 2.0. Today many scholars in the humanities at MSU are engaged in digital projects relating to global, indigenous, and/or underrepresented groups and topics.

2020 Planning Committee

  • Julian Chambliss
  • Max Evjen
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick
  • Devin Higgins
  • Ranti Junus
  • Katie Knowles
  • Tianyi Kou
  • Brandon Locke
  • Kristen Mapes
  • Ellen Moll
  • Andy Boyles Petersen
  • Kate Topham
  • Ethan Watrall
  • Justin Wigard
  • Aparna Zambare

Program Sub-Committee

  • Julian Chambliss
  • Max Evjen
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick
  • Devin Higgins
  • Ranti Junus
  • Brandon Locke
  • Kristen Mapes
  • Ellen Moll
  • Kate Topham
  • Ethan Watrall
  • Aparna Zambare

Local Organizing Sub-Committee

  • Devin Higgins
  • Kristen Mapes
  • Andy Boyles Petersen
  • Kate Topham
  • Justin Wigard

Communications Sub-Committee

  • Eugenia Charoni
  • Max Evjen
  • Katie Knowles
  • Tianyi Kou
  • Kristen Mapes

The Michigan State University Global Digital Humanities Symposium is proudly endorsed by The Association for Computers and the Humanities.