Professor Roopika Risam, author of pioneering works in the field of Postcolonial Digital Humanities, such as New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy (Northwestern UP: 2018) and South Asian Digital Humanities: Postcolonial Mediations Across Technology’s Cultural Canon (Routledge, 2020) will be joining Cambridge Digital Humanities in Michaelmas 2022 as a Visiting Fellow.
Risam’s latest co-edited collection The Digital Black Atlantic in the Debates in the Digital Humanities series (University of Minnesota Press) was published in 2021. Her current book project, ‘Insurgent Academics: A Radical Account of Public Humanities’ which traces a new history of public humanities through the emergence of ethnic studies, is under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press.
Her scholarship has appeared in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Debates in the Digital Humanities, First Monday, Popular Communications, College and Undergraduate Libraries, and Native American and Indigenous Studies, among other journals and volumes.
She is currently developing The Global Du Bois, a data visualization project on W.E.B. Du Bois. She also co-directs Reanimate, an intersectional feminist publishing collective that recovers archival writing by women in media industries, and co-hosts Rocking the Academy, a podcast featuring conversations with the very best truth tellers, who are formulating a new vision of higher education. She is also a founding member of The Data-Sitters Club and co-editor of Reviews in Digital Humanities.
Currently co-vice president of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and co-chair of the ACH 2021 conference, Risam previously served as a founding board member of Global Outlook::Digital Humanities (GO::DH) and co-chair of the ACH 2019 conference. She also received the Massachusetts Library Association’s inaugural Civil Liberties Champion Award for her work promoting equity and justice in the digital cultural record.
All of us at Cambridge Digital Humanities (CDH), University of Cambridge are delighted to welcome her from 17-30 October 2022, for a series of lectures, seminars, and academic engagements with our fellows, associates, and graduate students.