Deuxième conférence Stéfan Sinclair-CRIHN

[French version follows]

Michael Sinatra, CRIHN director, invites you to the second annual Stéfan Sinclair-CRIHN lecture on Friday 9 December 2022 at the Faculty of Arts at McGill University (Arts 120) with Dean Lisa Shapiro (Faculty of Arts, McGill University) and Dean Frédéric Bouchard (Faculté des Arts et des Sciences de l’Université de Montréal).

Named in honour of Stéfan Sinclair, one of the founders of CRIHN in 2013, this second annual conference will feature a keynote delivered by Claire Battershill, assistant professor cross-appointed in the Faculty of Information and the Department of English at the University of Toronto, and will be followed by a round-table with four doctoral students who will present their own research projects.

The event will take place on the campus of McGill University and will be broadcast live and recorded. (Registration is required to receive the webinar zoom link.) The event will be in English.

[Version française]

Michael Sinatra, directeur du CRIHN, vous convie à la deuxième conférence Stéfan Sinclair-CRIHN qui aura lieu le vendredi 9 décembre 2022 à la salle Arts 120 à la Faculté des Arts de l’Université McGill en présence de Lisa Shapiro, doyenne de la Faculté des arts de l’Université McGill, et de Frédéric Bouchard, doyen de la Faculté des Arts et des Sciences de l’Université de Montréal.

Nommée en l’honneur de Stéfan Sinclair, qui fut un des membres fondateurs du CRIHN en 2013, cette deuxième conférence annuelle sera donnée par Claire Battershill, professeure adjointe en sciences de l’information et en études anglaise à l’Université de Toronto, et sera suivie en après-midi d’une table-ronde avec quatre doctorants qui présenteront leurs recherches.

L’événement aura lieu en présence sur le campus de l’université McGill et sera diffusé en ligne en simultané et enregistré. (Inscription obligatoire pour obtenir le lien pour le wébinaire zoom). L’événement aura lieu en anglais.

Program :

  • 1.30pm: Welcome by Michael Sinatra, CRIHN director
  • 1.35pm: Welcome by Dean Lisa Shapiro, Faculty of Arts, McGill University
  • 1.40pm: Welcome by Dean Frédéric Bouchard, Faculté des arts et des sciences de l’Université de Montréal
  • 1.45pm: Second annual Stéfan Sinclair-CRIHN lecture by Claire Battershill (U Toronto) « Lighting the Windows of the Past: Feminist Historiography, Data Visualization, and Digital Archival Practice » 
  • 2.45pm: Coffee break
  • 3pm-4.30pm: Graduate students Round-table chaired by Jason Camlot (Concordia U) with Arun Jacob (U Toronto — winner of the First Stéfan Sinclair Memorial Scholarship), Lisa Teichmann (McGill U), Parham Aledavood (U de Montréal), and Klara Du Plessis (Concordia U).
  • 4.30pm: Closing remarks by Marcello Vitali-Rosati, CRIHN Associate director

Abstract of Claire Battershill’s lecture « Lighting the Windows of the Past: Feminist Historiography, Data Visualization, and Digital Archival Practice »:

Digital archives, and particularly critical digital archives, have proliferated with astonishing rapidity in the past decade and have correspondingly evoked debates in Digital Humanities about both digitization methods and about the affordances and limits of archival imaginaries and structures. How do we write history by making digital archives? How do digital archives narrativize and visualize the past? What are the tacit assumptions of the digital archive as a genre? In Data Feminism, D’Ignazio and Klein propose a series of core principles for feminist engagements with data visualization: rethink binaries; embrace pluralism; examine power; consider context; legitimize embodiment and affect; and make labour visible. These recommendations offer a direct challenge to conventional visualization and digitization methods which focus often on what’s present in digital archives or corpora rather than what is absent from them. Rethinking digital archival methods in order to place a feminist emphasis on gaps, silences, and erasures requires a rethinking, too, of the aims of these archives in the first place; less to digitize extensive material traces of the past and more to offer always-partial glimpses of the past that openly acknowledge their own partiality. In this paper, I will offer some examples of and proposals for experiments in data visualization, metadata, and digital archival practice that offer possibilities for writing and representing the past with a feminist aesthetic and ethos.  

This event is organized with the support of the Faculty of Arts at McGill University, la Faculté des arts et des sciences de l’Université de Montréal, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University, and McGill DH.

The videos from this event are now available

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