“Virtual Takeovers”, David Theo Goldberg

“From “Mama” to 0s and 1s: The Panopticon Ear and Antiracist Listening”, Nina Sun Eidsheim

“Africans in post-COVID-19 pandemic China: is there a future for China’s ‘new minority’?”, Roberto Castillo

“The Ghost in the (Twittering) Machine”, Ackbar Abbas
Research Training Workshop

Digital Humanities, Pandemic Futures

The changes wrought by Covid-19 upon conditions of digitally mediated critical scholarship have been at once unprecedented and predictable. Covid-19 exposes our ineluctable dependencies on sociality across different scales of geographical and embodied interaction, while amplifying persistent refrains around political unrest and inequality. Academic community members also face increasing demands for critical reassessment of the habitual privileging of tacit knowledge and interpersonal communication in classrooms, as the conventional premise for researching, teaching, and learning rapidly unfurls in crumbling university structures under these global crises. Instead of understanding the current situation as an exceptional circumstance, we must reckon with questions that interrogate the very conditions in which these changes are produced: How do we begin to practice, let alone theorise, our commitment to critical humanities at this juncture of crises both mundane and historical? What deeper theoretical and comparative lineaments would be useful as we simultaneously conduct and reimagine our fundamental tasks of pedagogy, theory, and engagement into our shared pandemic futures?

Digital Humanities, Pandemic Futures is the third iteration of the collaborative research training workshop series between the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University and the University of California Humanities Research Institute. It aims to continue the trajectory of reflections generated from previous workshops on techno-cultures and the political subjectivities of the voice, re-engaging them to contend with the horizon of the pandemic present/future. 

Readings recommended by featured resource persons will be made available to registered participants before the workshop.

David Theo Goldberg, Humanities Research Institute, University of California (UCHRI)
Ackbar Abbas, Comparative Literature, Univerisity of California (UCHRI) & Cultural Studies, Lingnan University
Nina Sun Eidsheim, Musicology, UCLA & Humanities Research Institute, University of California (UCHRI)
Tang Tse Shang Denise, Cultural Studies, Lingnan University
Roberto Castillo, Cultural Studies, Lingnan University

The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI)

This workshop is coordinated by Anjeline De Dios and Soo Ryon Yoon from Cultural Studies, Lingnan University.

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 | 6 pm PST
Fri, 23 Oct 2020 | 9 am GMT +8

(GMT +8)
09:00-09:05 Welcome Speech
Anjeline De Dios, Soo Ryon Yoon
09:05-09:10 Opening Remark
Tejaswini Niranjana, David Theo Goldberg
9:10-9:40 Virtual Takeovers  
David Theo Goldberg
9:40-10:10 From “Mama” to 0s and 1s: The Panopticon Ear and Antiracist

Nina Sun Eidsheim
10:10- 10:40 Africans in post-COVID-19 pandemic China: is there a future for
China’s ‘new minority’?
Roberto Castillo
10:40-10:55 Break
10:55-12:10 Discussion

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 | 6:45 pm PST
Sat, 24 Oct 2020 | 9:45 am GMT +8

(GMT +8)   
09:45-10:15 The Ghost in the (Twittering) Machine
Ackbar Abbas
10:15-10:45 Trans subjectivities and the Horror under Covid-19
Tang Tse Shang Denise
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Discussion

DateThu, 22 Oct-Fri, 23 Oct 2020 PST
Fri, 23 Oct-Sat, 24 Oct 2020  (GMT+8)

6pm-9pm PST
9am-12pm GMT+8

Online via Zoom