Difficult Heritage

Indigenous Collections in Digital Humanities

Jennifer Guiliano
Jennifer Guiliano
Associate ProfessorIUPUI (Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis)WebsiteRead Bio

This talk highlights how the digital humanities is inadequate and potentially perilous when considering not just the existence of Native American and Indigenous collections but also their troubled status as colonial artifacts leveraged in digital humanities research and teaching. I argue that the rhetoric and practice of the digital humanities continues the valorization of colonial practices of collecting, access, and authority over native sovereignty and knowledge.

Jennifer Guiliano is Assistant Director at MITH, leading development activities including grant writing and staff coordination, and a Center Affiliate of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Jennifer received a Masters of Arts in History from Miami University (2002), and a Masters of Arts (2004) in American History from the University of Illinois before completing her Ph.D. in History at the University of Illinois (2010). She has previously served as Associate Director of the Center for Digital Humanities, at the University of South Carolina where she was also a Research Assistant Professor of History. Jennifer is interested in image analytics associated with authorship related questions, and how computing transforms both the questions humanists can ask as well as the answers that can be generated with digital tools, methods, and pedagogies.


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