Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Digital Humanists

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Workshop Title:

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Digital Humanists


Barbara Bordalejo, Dan O'Donnell, Nathan Woods

Time (in JST and UTC):

July 26 7:30-11:00 (JST)

July 25 22:30-July 26 2:00 (UTC)

Maximum number of participants:



This workshop seeks to create awareness of equity, diversity, and cultural differences, as well as to present strategies for successful inclusion and the development of fairer environments. These factors are especially important within the Digital Humanities because of its emphasis on collaborative work which brings together many different individuals.

Our work shows that in Digital Humanities, where there could be many different voices, most of the power and prestige remain centralized in the Global-North, in Anglophone countries. This is not surprising considering the general state of academia as a mostly male, mostly white environment. Today, it is essential to work with individuals to foster a richer environment, change behaviours, and challenge prejudices.

Aim of the workshop/tutorial:

Through a combination of presentations, group and individual activities, this workshop allows participants to reflect upon EDI matters and co-create strategies to develop better working environments for diverse individuals.

A brief outline showing the core content:

1. Diversity, Implicit Bias and Cultural Cloning

Different concepts of diversity, with particular emphasis on cultural and contextual differences.

2 Privilege

To work on the concept of privilege we have developed a game that we use to illustrate the many factors shaping our lives.

3 COVID and Technocolonialism

In this section, we explore the impact of technocolonialism during the times of COVID. This follows Mboa’s work on identifying epistemic alienation and seeking cognitive justice and their application to DH.

4. Intersectionality (in contraposition to kyriarchy)

This core concept allows us to explore how privilege or lack thereof impacts individuals directly.

5. Intercultural Communication

A practical section that illustrates the many interpretations of specific situations and how these are shaped by individual experiences.

6.Inclusion solutions

We facilitate the identification of “inclusion solutions” that participants can implement or propose in their institutions, projects, or other work environments.