Reframing History
Reframing History
Jun 16, 2020
Dhanashree Thorat and a Postcolonial Digital Humanities
35 min
In this episode, I spoke with Dr. Dhanashree Thorat, Assitant Professor of English at Mississippi State University. Dr. Thorat received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida in 2017. She is a founding Executive Council member of the Center for Digital Humanities in Pune, India. She serves as the lead organizer for a biennial winter school on Digital Humanities and advises the center on digital archival projects and DH curriculum development. Dr. Thorat has written about her experiences with building DH networks in the Global South as a HASTAC Scholar (2015-2016) and as a postdoctoral researcher in Digital Humanities at the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, at the University of Kansas from 2017-2019. While at the University of Florida, she has served as co-convenor of the Digital Humanities Working Group and was the lead coordinator for the first THATCamp Gainesville. She was also part of the committee that developed the Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate at UF. She has organized and led DH workshops on various topics including digital archiving, feminist digital humanities, and digital pedagogies. She situates her research at the intersection of Digital Humanities, Postcolonial Studies, and Asian American Studies. Her work investigates the manner in which digital spaces, specifically digital archives and social media, codify hegemonic narratives of Muslims in the post-9/11 moment, and how Muslims use these same spaces to articulate political agency and intervene in mainstream conversations about their racialized bodies. We spoke about her pathway to her current work and the implications for how we understand the potential for digital humanities.
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