Full stack feminism in digital humanities
By: Kate Malone
Last updated: Monday, 16 August 2021
Congratulations to Dr Sharon Webb (History) and Dr Cecile Chevalier (Creative and Critical Practice) for the award for ‘Full Stack Feminism’ from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the IRC (Irish Research Council).
This builds on their previous success with the Feminist Approaches to Computational Technology (FACT) and the Intersections, Feminism, Technology and Digital Humanities (IFTE) Networks. This project aims to embed intersectional feminist methodologies in digital humanities. It will achieve this by developing an interoperable ‘Full Stack Feminist’ (FSF) methodology and toolkit. It develops this approach by focusing on three areas, referred to as stacks:
- data and archives
- infrastructure, tools and code
- access, experience and integration.
The project will highlight and address specific points in project development that, often unconsciously, manifest inequalities or bias in, for example data models, archival descriptions, access rights, and tool functionality.
It will develop an interoperable FSF methodology that software teams, programme managers, database designers, digital arts practitioners, data scientists can review and apply to their work.
This will enable digital humanities practitioners to re-evaluate the structures in which they work. It will also create new intersectional digital humanities spaces, with the hope that practitioners will consider a feminist methodology throughout their work and the development lifecycle, not as a post-reflection.
The project is a collaboration between the University of Sussex and National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
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