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Speaker Series

The Center of Digital Humanities Research hosts a Speaker Series every academic year in order to bring external scholars in the field to Texas A&M University to meet with Texas A&M faculty, staff, and students, and present a lecture or workshop to the community.

2023-24: Sustainability


English and Media Studies, University of Victoria

"Degrowing Digital Projects"

While digital projects in the humanities are frequently associated with innovation, less attention may be paid to their care and maintenance over time. This talk draws from recent research in activity theory and minimal computing as well as allied fields, such as game studies, to address the “degrowth” of digital projects from the labor perspective. First, I outline the motives and trajectories of this perspective, and then I communicate the importance of value-sensitive design to determining three things: 1) a project’s needs and desires, 2) what work is required and from whom, and 3) how to sustain the labor involved. Degrowth aims to reduce computation’s alienating effects in the interests of social organization and collective expertise, and it does so by foregrounding the cultures and habits of digital projects over their technical particulars. These issues matter for the livelihood of practitioners as gig economics and precarious labor become the norm in the technology sector.


Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh

February 28-29, 2024


Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and of Comparative Literature, Dartmouth

April 24-25, 2024