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Digital Humanities News
Beyond the Tools: Mobilizing Digital Humanities for Justice in Digital Cultures: On September 28th, the Initiative for Digital Humanities hosted Roopika Risam, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, Comparative Literature of Digital Humanities, and part of the Social Engagement Cluster at Dartmouth College, as she presented the lecture "Beyond the Tools: Mobilizing Digital Humanities for Justice in Digital Cultures". In this talk, Dr. Risam drew on her work in postcolonial digital humanities to discuss the "hows" and "whys" of digital humanities methods as a critical way of promoting equity and justice in digital knowledge production.
Brown Bag Lunches: IDH is hosting monthly brown bag lunches to introduce the UT community to DH researchers and projects on campus. On Monday, November 14th, Dr. Iván Chaar López, Assistant Professor of American Studies, gave a presentation on his project: Artificial Intelligence, Microwork, and the Racial Politics of Care.
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Humanities, Health, & Medicine News
Bridget Goosby, “The Immune System and the Brain: What Can They Tell Us About Racism and Chronic Disease Risk?”: The final HHRS of the fall term, held on November 7, featured Bridget Goosby, UT Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Life in Frequencies Health Disparities (LifeHD) Research Lab. Dr. Goosby’s presentation, “The Immune System and the Brain: What Can They Tell Us About Racism and Chronic Disease Risk?” explored how the brain and immune system interact with one another and how those interactions affect health
HHRS: Panel Discussion on "Liberal Arts and Medical Practice”: The Health Humanities Research Seminar hosted a panel discussion titled “Liberal Arts and Medical Practice” on October 3rd. Three of the four panelists - Dr. Ganesh Palapattu, Dr. Rebecca Teng, and Dr. Craig Hurwitz - were undergraduate majors in UT’s College of Liberal Arts who are now practicing physicians. The fourth panelist, Michelle Raji, is a current fourth-year student at Dell Medical School who majored in English and Creative Writing as an undergraduate.
Eula Biss, "Immunity and Resistance: The History and Politics of a Metaphor": On September 12th writer Eula Biss, winner of the National Book Critics Award, gave a captivating lecture on “Immunity and Resistance: The History and Politics of Metaphor” in the Health Discovery Building at Dell Medical School. Her talk inaugurated the new Humanities, Health, and Medicine Lecture Series cosponsored by DMS’s Department of Medical Education and the HI’s Humanities, Health, and Medicine Master’s Program.
Faculty Fellows Seminar 2022-24: Digital Futures and Social Justice: This past September the Humanities Institute launched a two-year inquiry centered on digital futures and social justice in and through the humanities, with “digital,” “humanities,” and “futures” understood broadly. Our interdisciplinary Faculty Fellows are pursuing projects that apply digital technologies and computational methods to solve questions in the humanities as well as projects that subject digital technologies and infrastructures to humanistic analysis, critique, and contextualization. Stay tuned for FF speaker events in the Spring!
Caroline Randall Williams, "Body Politik - One Black Woman's Thoughts on Surviving American Intersections": Poet, essayist, and cookbook author, Caroline Randall Williams presented a powerful lecture on Tuesday, November 1st. Williams’ talk examined how the lived-in body both inspires and becomes its own text in the world. From blues poetry to the reexamination of soul food in the name of social justice, her multi-genre writing practice explores ways to analyze the body and the human condition, and to claim agency in how we shape and articulate our physical and emotional narratives.