We are in the midst of day 2 of the Digital Diversity conference in Edmonton. Just a few observations about what is turning out to be one of the best conferences I have attended. Like ever. Thank you so much to the conference organizers. Thank you to all who are participating.
1. Women. White Women. This is one of the few conferences--dh or literature--that is overwhelmingly attended by women. 90% women. Yet it is also important to note that the attendees are primarily white women. It's like I am in a second wave feminist retreat. I say this not to blame anyone, but to make us think about what this means, how we can expand our community. Or maybe recenter our community?
2. We still have a long way to go. It is clear that there remain crucial issues in terms of gender/sexuality/race/class/etc. that we need to address. What makes me hopeful, in this conference, is that participants seem well aware that work on diversity issues must happen in and out of the academy. I also appreciate that the participants seem aware that issues in dh are really larger issues--of academia and society.
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