19 Oct 2022 17:30 - 18:30 McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College



Professor Roopika Risam (Dartmouth College)

Chair: Dr Siddharth Soni (Cambridge)


Digital humanities is a research method with great promise for the democratization of knowledge. But this promise has been far from realized as so much of the research that has been produced reinstantiates literary, historical, and cultural canons. How might we realize the promise of digital humanities and produce a more inclusive digital cultural record? This talk offers a look at the theories and practices of postcolonial digital humanities, an approach to designing digital humanities projects that aims to redress the imbalances of power in 21st century knowledge production.

About the speaker

Roopika Risam is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and of Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College, where she is part of the Digital Humanities and Social Engagement Cluster.

Formerly, Risam was Chair of Secondary and Higher Education and Associate Professor of Education and English at Salem State University. There, she also served as the Faculty Fellow for Digital Library Initiatives, Co-Director of the Viking OER and Textbook Affordability Initiative, Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies, and Coordinator of the Combined B.A./M.Ed. in English Education.

Her research interests lie at the intersections of postcolonial and African diaspora studies, humanities knowledge infrastructures, and digital humanities.

Risam’s work building humanities knowledge infrastructures has been supported by over $3.6 million in grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute for Museum and Library Services, Mass Humanities, and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Her first monograph, New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy, was published by Northwestern University Press in 2018. She is the co-editor of Intersectionality in Digital Humanities (Arc Humanities/Amsterdam University Press, 2019) and South Asian Digital Humanities: Postcolonial Mediations Across Technology’s Cultural Canon (Routledge, 2020). Risam’s latest co-edited collection The Digital Black Atlantic in the Debates in the Digital Humanities series (University of Minnesota Press) was published in 2021. Her current book project, “Insurgent Academics: A Radical Account of Public Humanities,” which traces a new history of public humanities through the emergence of ethnic studies, is under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press.


This lecture will be held in person, and all tickets are free. The McCrum Lecture Theatre has step-free access on Bene’t Street, CB2.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

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