A multifaceted interdisciplinary scholar and pedagogue, Roopika Risam is also a pioneer in the field of postcolonial digital humanities, with recent projects including South Asian Digital Humanities Postcolonial Mediations across Technology’s Cultural Canon (co-edited with Rahul K. Gairola) and The Digital Black Atlantic (co-edited with Kelly Baker Josephs).
For this CHI salon, she will be joined in conversation with Amherst College’s Jaya Kannan and Yael Rice to discuss Risam’s New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy (Northwestern, 2018) and her experiences as a new member of Dartmouth College's Digital Humanities and Social Engagement Cluster.
This conversation builds upon recent work that staff and faculty members of the "Digital Humanities at Amherst" CHI research seminar, co-led by Kannan and Rice, have been doing to identify digital humanities initiatives at Amherst that foreground social engagement, public humanities and community-facing agendas.
Roopika Risam is associate professor of film and media studies and of comparative literature at Dartmouth College, where she is part of the Digital Humanities and Social Engagement Cluster. Formerly, Risam was chair of secondary and higher education and associate professor of education and English at Salem State University. There, she also served as the faculty fellow for digital library initiatives, co-director of the Viking OER and Textbook Affordability Initiative, coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies, and coordinator of the combined B.A./M.Ed. in English education. Her research interests lie at the intersections of postcolonial and African diaspora studies, humanities knowledge infrastructures, and digital humanities.