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#transformDH and 'Queering the Map': Queer Geographies and Imagined Communities using Community Mapping Projects

Started by Moya Bailey, Anne Cong-Huyen, Alexis Lothian, and Amanda Philips, #transformDH was created at the American Studies Association’s annual conference in 2011, in an attempt to address the intellectual disparities in digital humanities, particularly for marginalized communities based on gender, race, sexuality, and ability. Based on the core values of activism, intersectionality, feminist pedagogy and digital production, #transfromDH has been used to not only promote a variety of projects but also cultivate a community of digital humanities practitioners.

Queering the Map is a community-generated mapping project that geo-locates queer moments, memories and histories in relation to physical space. As queer life becomes increasingly less centered around specific neighborhoods and the buildings within them, notions of ‘queer spaces’ become more abstract and less tied to concrete geographical locations. 

As it collectively documents the spaces that hold queer memory, from park benches to parking garages, to mark moments of queerness wherever they occur, it is a digital project representative of #TransformDH, a movement within the digital humanities that not only seeks questions of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability within the work of Feminist, queer, and antiracist activists, artists, and media-makers outside of academia that contribute to digital studies in all its forms. 

In exploring this unique digital space, Y Vy Truong’s session will examine how we can shift our framework of digital humanities from technical processes to political ones, and seek to understand the social, intellectual, economic, political, and personal impact of digital practices as we develop them in our own work.