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Critical Data Practices, or, Anxiety as Interdisciplinary Bridge

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, April 28, 2021. 05:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Zoom
Workshop: 
Critical Data Practices in Humanities Research 2020
Meeting Description: 

Join us for the next meeting of the Critical Data Practices in Humanities Research Working Group on Wednesday, April 28 at 5:30pm PDT. Our workshop focuses on the role of data in research and centers the response to challenges that emerge while collecting, evaluating, or simply working with data. This month’s discussion of data representation, challenges, and strategies will feature presentations by Christina Hodge and Rowan Dorin, and a response by Laura Menendez.

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Christina J. Hodge is academic curator and collections manager of the Stanford University Archaeology Collections (SUAC) at the Stanford Archaeology Center, a museum collection of over 100,000 archaeological, ethnographic, and art objects from California and around the world. Hodge is an interdisciplinary museum anthropologist, historical archaeologist, and curator working in critical museum and heritage studies. Her research program investigates university-related collections in order to expose hidden dynamics of race, gender, and agency, focusing on intersections of personal identity and institutional authority. Insights into the evidentiary roles of material culture inform contemporary challenges to racist, white supremacist, and patriarchal norms. She promotes curation as a method of practice-based and inquiry-driven research. In this work, Hodge explicitly theorizes anthropological collections, analyzing practices-including digital practices-from a decolonial perspective. Hodge’s training is in anthropological, social, and interpretive archaeologies and the multicultural material worlds of early modern America.

Rowan Dorin is an assistant professor of history at Stanford University. He earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at Harvard University, and an MPhil in Medieval History from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he held a Junior Fellowship at the Harvard Society of Fellows. His research and teaching focus primarily on the legal, religious, and economic history of western Europe and the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages, and he is currently finishing his first book, entitled Conflicts of Interest: Jews, Christian Moneylenders, and the Rise of Mass Expulsion in Late Medieval Europe.

Laura Menendez is a PhD candidate in the Iberian and Latin American Cultures Department at Stanford University and a current fellow at CESTA’s Digital Humanities Graduate Research Program. She specializes in modern and contemporary Spanish and Catalan literary and cultural productions, while also working on Latin America and the Caribbean from a transatlantic perspective. Her dissertation, “From Houses to Ruins: Narratives of Homes in Modern Barcelona and Havana”, explores conceptualizations of homes and experiences of dwelling in the cities of Barcelona and Havana by analyzing Catalan and Cuban literary, cinematographic, photographic, and architectural works along with spatial analysis methodologies and tools.

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