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3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.—Digital Humanities Workshops in Alden Library 251

  • “#WeNeedDiverseGames: Close Playing Gender, Sexuality, and Race in Games,” Dr. Edmond Y. Chang, Ohio University Department of EnglishIn Gaming (2006), Alexander Galloway argues, “Video games render social realities into playable form” and “play is a symbolic action for larger issues in culture.” As gaming communities and the gaming industry attempt to address the need for diversity and inclusion in games, how might we understand how the algorithmic underpinnings of programming and game design allow for and problematically constrain and recuperate queerness and difference? Or how might we unpack the ways characters of color are often rendered as either lighter-skinned protagonists or darker-skinned enemies? Central to this workshop is the definition and demonstration of close playing or critical ways of analyzing, engaging, and even teaching games to address gender, sexuality, and race in digital games.
  • “Introduction to Text Analysis,” Leigh Bonds, Ohio State University Digital Humanities LibrarianHumanities scholars continue to make significant discoveries using a variety of text analysis methods and tools. Bonds will review some of those discoveries and the methods and tools used to make them. She will also guide participants through using the open source Voyant Tools to analyze their selected text. Participants are encouraged to bring a link to an online text or a text in a Word, pdf, or plain text format.

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.—Keynote Address: Roopika Risam in Schoonover Center Auditorium

  • “Why Wait? Social Justice Digital Humanities for the End Times”At our present moment of crisis – environmental, political, social, educational – how can digital humanities offer us the opportunity to leverage skills in humanities disciplines to create change? Using Torn Apart/Separados as a case study, Risam discusses the possibilities that digital humanities can open up at the very moments we feel most hopeless. She further makes the case for a new approach to the temporality of humanities scholarship that can be quickly deployed in times of disaster. We have the tools, Risam argues, so why wait?

10:15 a.m.–11:00 a.m.—Planning Session in Alden Library 319
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.—Session Block 1
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.—Lunch provided in Alden Library 319
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.—Session Block 2
2:10 p.m.–3:10 p.m.—Session Block 3
3:20 p.m.–4:20 p.m.—Session Block 4
4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.—Wrap-up in Alden Library 319

Because THATCamp is an unconference, the agenda for Saturday will be decided during the first session of the first day. Read more about how unconferences in general and THATCamp in particular work at THATCamp 101 and our About page.

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