People, Practice, Power

People, Practice, Power

Digital Humanities outside the Center

Edited by Anne B. McGrail, Angel David Nieves and Siobhan Senier

An illuminating volume of critical essays charting the diverse territory of digital humanities scholarship

360 Pages, 7 x 10 in



People, Practice, Power

Digital Humanities outside the Center

Series: Debates in the Digital Humanities

Edited by Anne B. McGrail, Angel David Nieves and Siobhan Senier

ISBN: 9781517910686

Publication date: January 18th, 2022

360 Pages

2 black & white illustrations

10 x 7

An illuminating volume of critical essays charting the diverse territory of digital humanities scholarship

The digital humanities have traditionally been considered to be the domain of only a small number of prominent and well-funded institutions. However, through a diverse range of critical essays, this volume serves to challenge and enlarge existing notions of how digital humanities research is being undertaken while also serving as a kind of alternative guide for how it can thrive within a wide variety of institutional spaces. 

Focusing on the complex infrastructure that undergirds the field of digital humanities, People, Practice, Power examines the various economic, social, and political factors that shape such academic endeavors. The multitude of perspectives comprising this collection offers both a much-needed critique of the existing structures for digital scholarship and the means to generate broader representation within the field. 

This collection provides a vital contribution to the realm of digital scholarly research and pedagogy in acknowledging the role that small liberal arts colleges, community colleges, historically black colleges and universities, and other underresourced institutions play in its advancement. Gathering together a range of voices both established and emergent, People, Practice, Power offers practitioners a self-reflexive examination of the current conditions under which the digital humanities are evolving, while helping to open up new sustainable pathways for its future.  

Contributors: Matthew Applegate, Molloy College; Taylor Arnold, U of Richmond; Eduard Arriaga, U of Indianapolis; Lydia Bello, Seattle U; Kathi Inman Berens, Portland State U; Christina Boyles, Michigan State U; Laura R. Braunstein, Dartmouth College; Abby R. Broughton; Maria Sachiko Cecire, Bard College; Brennan Collins, Georgia State U; Kelsey Corlett-Rivera, U of Maryland; Brittany de Gail, U of Maryland; Madelynn Dickerson, UC Irvine Libraries; Nathan H. Dize, Vanderbilt U; Quinn Dombrowski, Stanford U; Ashley Sanders Garcia, UCLA; Laura Gerlitz; Erin Rose Glass; Kaitlyn Grant; Margaret Hogarth, Claremont Colleges; Maryse Ndilu Kiese, U of Alberta; Pamella R. Lach, San Diego State U; James Malazita, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Susan Merriam, Bard College; Chelsea Miya, U of Alberta; Jamila Moore Pewu, California State U, Fullerton; Urszula Pawlicka-Deger, Aalto U, Finland; Jessica Pressman, San Diego State U; Jana Remy, Chapman U; Roopika Risam, Salem State U; Elizabeth Rodrigues, Grinnell College; Dylan Ruediger, American Historical Association; Rachel Schnepper, Wesleyan U; Anelise Hanson Shrout, Bates College; Margaret Simon, North Carolina State U; Mengchi Sun, U of Alberta; Lauren Tilton, U of Richmond; Michelle R. Warren, Dartmouth College. 

Anne B. McGrail is a faculty member in the English department at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.

Angel David Nieves is professor of Africana studies, history, digital humanities, and English at Northeastern University.

Siobhan Senier is professor of English at the University of New Hampshire.



Anne McGrail, Angel David Nieves, and Siobhan Senier

Part I. Beyond the Digital Humanities Center: Historical Perspectives and New Models

1. Epistemic Infrastructure, the Instrumental Turn, and the Digital Humanities

James Malazita

2. Reprogramming the Invisible Discipline: An Emancipatory Approach to Digital Technology through Higher Education

Erin Rose Glass

3. What’s in a Name?

Lauren Tilton and Taylor Arnold

4. Laboratory: A New Space in Digital Humanities

Urszula Pawlicka-Deger

5. Zombies in the Library Stacks

Laura R. Braunstein and Michelle R. Warren

6. The Directory Paradox

Quinn Dombrowski

7. Custom-Built DH and Institutional Culture: The Case of Experimental Humanities

Maria Sachiko Cecire and Susan Merriam

8. Intersectionality and Infrastructure: Toward a Critical Digital Humanities

Christina Boyles

Part II. Human Infrastructures: Labor Considerations and Communities of Practice

9. In Service of Pedagogy: A Colony in Crisis and the Digital Humanities Center

Kelsey Corlett-Rivera, Nathan H. Dize, Abby R. Broughton, and Brittany de Gail

10. A “No Tent” / No Center Model for Digital Work in the Humanities

Brennan Collins and Dylan Ruediger

11. After Autonomy: Digital Humanities Practices in Small Liberal Arts Colleges and Higher Education as Collaboration

Elizabeth Rodrigues and Rachel Schnepper

12. Epistemological Inclusion in the Digital Humanities: Expanded Infrastructure in Service-Oriented Universities and Community Organizations

Eduard Arriaga

13. Digital Infrastructures: People, Place, and Passion—Case Study of San Diego State University

Pamella R. Lach and Jessica Pressman

14. Building a DIY Community of Practice

Ashley Sanders Garcia, Lydia Bello, Madelynn Dickerson, Margaret Hogarth

15. More Than Respecting Medium Specificity: An Argument for Web-Based Portfolios for Promotion and Tenure

Jana Remy

16. Is Digital Humanities Adjuncting Infrastructurally Significant?

Kathi Inman Berens

Part III. Pedagogy: Vulnerability, Collaboration, and Resilience

17. Access, Touch, and Human Infrastructures in Digital Pedagogy

Margaret Simon

18. Manifesto for Student-Driven Research and Learning

Chelsea Miya, Laura Gerlitz, Kaitlyn Grant, Maryse Ndilu Kiese, Mengchi Sun, and Christina Boyles

19. Centering First-Generation Students in the Digital Humanities

Jamila Moore Pewu and Anelise Hanson Shrout

20. Stewarding Place: Digital Humanities at the Regional Comprehensive University

Roopika Risam

21. Digital Humanities as Critical University Studies: Three Provocations

Matthew Applegate