[globaloutlookDH-l] DH Awards Suggestion

James Cummings James.Cummings at it.ox.ac.uk
Fri Feb 7 06:12:07 MST 2014


Hi Alex and Ernesto,

Thanks! That was my precisely my thought (especially that it 
would relate 'Other' with 'Non-English' which seemed a really 
really dangerous idea).

I'll thank the person for the idea but explain how it may be 
construed as even more divisive and problematic.

Thanks for your thoughts!

-James

On 07/02/14 13:09, Ernesto Priego wrote:
> Ditto to what Alex has just shared. Ditto.
>
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> On Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM, Alex Gil <colibri.alex at gmail.com
> <mailto:colibri.alex at gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>     Hi all,
>
>     Sorry for not jumping in earlier. I've been ill and slower
>     than usual.
>
>     James, creating a category for Other that only has
>     Non-English entries is NOT-A-Good-Idea. Take a moment to
>     think about this equation, Other=Non-English, then think
>     about the subjectivities following on the heels of Edward
>     Said's Orientalism
>     <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orientalism_(book)>. I know
>     this is difficult, but you are moving in the right direction!
>     I salute your effort to create a space for 'positive
>     discrimination,' or affirmative action as the USeans call it.
>
>     Since the awards would lose what makes them unique unless
>     voting was 100% volunteer, may I suggest simply continuing
>     the work of advocacy and encouragement behind the scenes.
>     Just do not make any distinction in the categories. Use the
>     other category as Dan suggests, to make sure the community
>     surprises us. We will help you here at GO:DH to reach larger
>     audiences whose main vehicle of digital expression is not
>     English.
>
>     Let me be clear. If you make sure to advocate for a
>     kaleidoscopic and babylonian ecosystem of digital humanities,
>     and show awareness that English models on offer are NOT
>     universal or representative of the rest of us, I'll be on
>     your side if you receive any ill will.
>
>     Your great admirer,
>     Alex.
>
>
>     On Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 6:17 AM, James Cummings
>     <James.Cummings at it.ox.ac.uk
>     <mailto:James.Cummings at it.ox.ac.uk>> wrote:
>
>
>         Hi GO::DH,
>
>         Me again! Sorry. After summarising the suggestions
>         received here I received a suggestion through other means
>         that I'd like to run by you since it does feed into the
>         desire to encourage non-anglo DH resources to nominate
>         themselves for DH Awards.
>
>         As you'll remember some didn't like the annual nature of
>         the awards without a catch-all category of 'other' and
>         some didn't like the non-English category because of a
>         perceived ghettoisation of non-English resources. I
>         resisted the 'other' category for two reasons (1: a
>         *large* category for admin and voters; 2: difficulty of
>         comparison for voters).
>
>         The suggestion was made to me that there be an 'Other'
>         category for anything that didn't fit into the other
>         categories, but that nominations in this category be
>         restricted to non-English resources (that didn't fit into
>         any of the other categories and the nominations committee
>         try to move things nominated here to other categories if
>         suitable). The idea behind this suggestion, I believe, is
>         that English resources don't get the benefit of the
>         'other' category and miss out as previously described,
>         but non-English resources do not. This would be a form of
>         so-called 'positive discrimination' based on the
>         assumption that anglo resources have more than enough
>         innate privileges.
>
>         For my part, I found the idea clever but I worry about
>         any form of discrimination (positive or not), and also
>         couldn't think of a way to name it which didn't seem to
>         repeat the perceived ghettoisation that people have seen
>         in this year's category. While I don't think
>         anglo-created resources would suffer unduly because of
>         this, it still seems a bit unfair.
>
>         -James
>
>         --
>         Dr James Cummings, James.Cummings at it.ox.ac.uk
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