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Humanist Archives: Nov. 30, 2022, 8:30 a.m. Humanist 36.276 - events: 2nd annual Stéfan Sinclair lecture

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 276.
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        Date: 2022-11-29 14:41:35+00:00
        From: Michael Sinatra <>
        Subject: Second annual Stéfan Sinclair-CRIHN lecture, 9/12/22 @ 1.30pm EST

Dear all,

Michael Sinatra, CRIHN director, invites you to the second annual Stéfan
Sinclair-CRIHN lecture on Friday 9 December 2022 at the Faculty of Arts at
McGill University (Arts 120) with Dean Lisa Shapiro (Faculty of Arts, McGill
University) and Dean Frédéric Bouchard (Faculté des Arts et des Sciences de
l’Université de Montréal).

Named in honour of Stéfan Sinclair, one of the founders of CRIHN in 2013, this
second annual conference will feature a keynote delivered by Claire Battershill,
assistant professor cross-appointed in the Faculty of Information and the
Department of English at the University of Toronto, and will be followed by a
round-table with four doctoral students who will present their own research

The event will take place on the campus of McGill University and will be
broadcast live and recorded. (The zoom link will be available on the CRIHN
website the morning of the event — see the link below.) The event will be in


1.30pm: Welcome by Michael Sinatra, CRIHN director
1.35pm: Welcome by Dean Lisa Shapiro, Faculty of Arts, McGill University
1.40pm: Welcome by Dean Frédéric Bouchard, Faculté des arts et des sciences de
l’Université de Montréal
1.45pm: Second annual Stéfan Sinclair-CRIHN lecture by Claire Battershill (U
Toronto) « Lighting the Windows of the Past: Feminist Historiography, Data
Visualization, and Digital Archival Practice »
2.45pm: Coffee break
3pm-4.30pm: Graduate students Round-table with Arun Jacob (U Toronto — winner of
the First Stéfan Sinclair Memorial Scholarship), Lisa Teichmann (McGill U),
Parham Aledavood (U de Montréal), and Corina MacDonald (Concordia U).

Abstract of Claire Battershill’s lecture "Lighting the Windows of the Past:
Feminist Historiography, Data Visualization, and Digital Archival Practice":

Digital archives, and particularly critical digital archives, have proliferated
with astonishing rapidity in the past decade and have correspondingly evoked
debates in Digital Humanities about both digitization methods and about the
affordances and limits of archival imaginaries and structures. How do we write
history by making digital archives? How do digital archives narrativize and
visualize the past? What are the tacit assumptions of the digital archive as a
genre? In Data Feminism, D’Ignazio and Klein propose a series of core principles
for feminist engagements with data visualization: rethink binaries; embrace
pluralism; examine power; consider context; legitimize embodiment and affect;
and make labour visible. These recommendations offer a direct challenge to
conventional visualization and digitization methods which focus often on what’s
present in digital archives or corpora rather than what is absent from them.
Rethinking digital archival methods in order to place a feminist emphasis on
gaps, silences, and erasures requires a rethinking, too, of the aims of these
archives in the first place; less to digitize extensive material traces of the
past and more to offer always-partial glimpses of the past that openly
acknowledge their own partiality. In this paper, I will offer some examples of
and proposals for experiments in data visualization, metadata, and digital
archival practice that offer possibilities for writing and representing the past
with a feminist aesthetic and ethos.

This event is organized with the support of the Faculty of Arts at McGill
University, la Faculté des arts et des sciences de l’Université de Montréal, the
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University, and
McGill DH.
Deuxième conférence Stéfan Sinclair-CRIHN

Michael E. Sinatra <> | Professeur titulaire et
Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur les humanités numériques (CRIHN
Responsable du Groupe de Recherche sur les Éditions critiques en contexte
Numérique (GREN <>)
Responsable de l’option doctorale en Humanités numériques
litterature-option-humanites-numeriques/>, du microprogramme
humanites-numeriques/> et de la mineure <
cours/humanites-numeriques/mineure-en-humanites-numeriques/> en HN, Université
de Montréal

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