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Wednesday, July 12 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Keynote: The Carework and Codework of the Digital Humanities

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This talk introduces two concepts, carework and codework, that strongly resonate in a digital humanities context. Carework most commonly refers to the subset of feminized reproductive labor that is undertaken out of a sense of compassion with, or responsibility for others, rather than with a goal of monetary gain. Codework, a term coined by Alan Sondheim, describes the genre of electronic literature that mixes computer code with natural language. According to Sondheim, codework is characterized by “the computer stirring into the text, and the text stirring the computer.” In applying the concept of codework to DH, this talk will explore how we might facilitate the creation of digital tools for stirring into the archive, while also allowing the archive to stir the tools. I will argue, moreover, that by thinking about digital tools in terms of codework, we can more fully account for the carework involved in their creation, as well as in the creation of the archives that, in designing our tools, we seek to more fully understand. 


Lauren Klein

Assistant Professor, Georgia Tech

Wednesday July 12, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Ullyot Chemical Heritage Foundation