Transformative Digital Humanities: Feminist Interventions in Structure, Representation, and Practice

Friday March 23, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Information Commons, 4th Floor

Loyola University Chicago Lake Shore Campus

Sponsored by: Gale-Cengage, the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, Loyola University Libraries, the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

In 2018, how have digital humanities scholars taken up the call to expand the literary and historical canon to include groups that have been understudied or misrepresented by the print record? What does an intersectional, feminist DH methodology look like, who or what is it transforming, and how might we practice it in our own institutions? Transformative Digital Humanities: Feminist Interventions in Structure, Representation, and Practice asks how digital work might better support the knowledge and cultural production of women and people of color.

We invite humanities scholars, librarians, archivists, digital historians, and others to connect and participate in a day of discussion that will address questions about the organizational and technical infrastructures needed to support transformative digital research, and consider alternative modes of representing gender and race in digital archives.    

Keynote Speakers:

Laura Mandell is Professor of English and Director of Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University. She is also the founding and current director of ARC, the Advanced Research Consortium (, editor of The Poetess Archive, and author of Breaking the Book: Print Humanities in the Digital Age.

Susan Brown is Professor of English at the University of Guelph, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship. She leads the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (, an online repository and research environment for literary studies in Canada. She is also one of the founders of the Orlando project, an online repository of women’s writing in the British Isles.

Kim Gallon is Assistant Professor of History at Purdue University. She is the founder and director of the Black Press Research Collective ( and an ongoing visiting scholar at the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on discourses and representations of gender and sexuality in the early twentieth century Black Press.  

Cassandra DellaCorte, is a Wikipedian in Residence at DePaul University, where she works with students and faculty to correct systemic bias and information gaps on Wikipedia, while highlighting the importance of media literacy in scholarship.


9:00 Coffee


9:15 Welcome

Pamela Caughie, Department of English; Geoff Swindells, Associate Dean of the University Libraries


9:30-10:45 Keynote: Ontological Interventions

Laura Mandell, Texas A&M University, and Susan Brown, University of Guelph

Moderator: Niamh McGuigan, University Libraries


11:00-12:15 Roundtable Discussion: Putting it into Action

Margaret Heller, University Libraries

Andi Pacheco, School of Communication

Rebecca Parker, Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities

Caitlin Pollock, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Roshanna Sylvester, DePaul University


12:15-1:15 ‚ÄčLunch with Gale-Cengage, Presentation on Archives of Sexuality and Gender

and Digital Scholar Lab


1:30-2:15 Keynote: The Black Data Life Cycle: Black Digital Humanities Praxis

Kim Gallon, Purdue University

Moderator: Kyle Roberts, Department of History and CTSDH


2:30-3:30 Roundtable Discussion: Digital Representation Today

Florence Chee, School of Communication

Emily Datskou, Department of English

Frederick Staidum Jr., Department of English

Priyanka Jacob, Department of English

Amanda Malmstrom,  Women and Leadership Archive


3:30-3:45 Coffee Break


3:45-5:00 A Woman’s Place is in the Wiki: Feminism and Wikipedia

Cassandra DellaCorte, DePaul University

Moderator: Nancy Freeman, Women and Leadership Archives


5:00 Reception


Free and Open to the Public. Contact Kyle Roberts, with questions. 

Coming to town for the conference? Stay at the Lang House near campus and receive a 10% discount!

Registration form available here.