Intersectionality in Digital Humanities

This volume examines the influence of

intersectionality on the methods, politics,

and ethics of digital humanities practice.


£81.00 ISBN-13: 9781641890519


Barbara Bordalejo

Roopika Risam

Coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in the late 1980s, intersectionality makes the case that dimensions of identity, such as gender and race, cannot be understood in isolation from each other because they work together to shape lived experience. As digital humanities has expanded in scope and content, questions of how to negotiate the overlapping influences of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, and other dimensions that shape data, archives, and methodologies have come to the fore. Taking up these concerns, the authors in this volume explore their effects on the methodological, political, and ethical practices of digital humanities. Essays examine intersectionality from a range of positions: the influence of overlapping identities on scholars within the digital humanities community; how the fields in which they work are subject to competing tensions created by intersecting power structures within digital humanities and academia; and the methodological possibilities and scholarly potential for intersectionality as a framing theory in digital humanities scholarship.


Barbara Bordalejo and Roopika Risam: Introduction
1. Moya Z. Bailey: All the Digital Humanists Are White, All the Nerds Are Men, but Some of Us Are Brave
2. Roopika Risam: Beyond the Margins: Intersectionality and Digital Humanities 
3. Adam Vázquez: You Build the Lanes, We are the Intersections
4. Dorothy Kim: Digital Humanities, Intersectionality and the Ethics of Harm
5. Barbara Bordalejo: Walking Alone Online: Intersectional Violence on the Internet
6. Kyle Dase: Ready Player Two: Inclusion and Positivity as a Means of Furthering Equality in the Digital Humanities and Computer Science 
7. Peter Robinson: Gender, Feminism, Textual Scholarship, and Digital Humanities.
8. Vera Fasshauer: Faulty, Clumsy, Negligible? Revaluating Early Modern Princesses’ Letters as a Source for Cultural History and Corpus Linguistics
9. Amalia Levi: Intersectionality in Digital Archives: The Case Study of the Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project Collection
10. Kimberly Harsley: Accessioning Digital Content and the Unwitting Move towards Intersectionality in the Archive
11. Daniel O’Donnell: All along the Watchtower: Diversity as a core intellectual value in Digital Humanities
Selected Bibliography