Digital Humanities at Michigan State University is proud to extend its symposium series on Global DH into its fourth year. Digital humanities scholarship continues to be driven by work at the intersections of a range of distinct disciplines and an ethical commitment to preserve and broaden access to cultural materials. The most engaged global DH scholarship, that which MSU champions, values digital tools that enhance the capacity of scholarly critique to reflect a broad range of literary, historical, new media, and cultural positions, and diverse ways of valuing cultural production and knowledge work. Particularly valuable are strategies in which the digital form manifests a critical perspective on the digital content and the position of the researcher to their material.

With the growth of the digital humanities, particularly in under-resourced and underrepresented areas, a number of complex issues surface, including, among others, questions of ownership, cultural theft, virtual exploitation, digital rights, endangered data, and the digital divide. We view the 2019 symposium as an opportunity to broaden the conversation about these issues. Scholarship that works across borders with foci on transnational partnerships and globally accessible data is especially welcome.

Michigan State University has been intentionally global for more than 60 years, with over 1,400 faculty involved in international research, teaching, and service. For the past 20 years, MSU has developed a strong research area in culturally engaged, global digital humanities. Matrix, a digital humanities and social science center at MSU, has done dozens of digital projects in West and Southern Africa that have focused on ethical and reciprocal relationships and capacity building. WIDE has set best practices for doing community engaged, international, archival work with the Samaritan Collections, Archive 2.0. Today many scholars in the humanities at MSU are engaged in digital projects relating to global, indigenous, and/or underrepresented groups and topics.


2019 Program Planning Committee

  • Christina Boyles, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, Michigan State University
  • John Dillon, Proquest
  • Max Evjen, MSU Museum & Department of Theatre, Michigan State University
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Digital Humanities Program & Department of English, Michigan State University
  • Devin Higgins, Michigan State University Libraries
  • Ranti Junus, Michigan State University Libraries
  • Megan Kudzia, Michigan State University Libraries
  • Brandon Locke, LEADR, Michigan State University
  • Kristen Mapes, Digital Humanities Program, Michigan State University
  • Ellen Moll, Integrative Arts & Humanities, Michigan State University
  • Aparna V. Zambare, Central Michigan University Libraries


The Michigan State University Global Digital Humanities Symposium is proudly endorsed by The Association for Computers and the Humanities.