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“Digital” and “humanities” never struck me as complementary forces. The humanities conjured the analogue; the smell of books, the feel of a camera, the sounds of a classroom engrossed in discussion or the thick silence of study. Yet, through reading Jill Walker Rettberg’s scholarship and digging in to concepts such as the archive and collective memory, I now see that the two realms are far from disparate.
This understanding is central to the Women Who Rock project (University of Washington archive; Scripps College Omeka and WordPress archives) and, on an individual level, contributing content to an archive of women’s voices, narratives, and knowledge. Though it began as a conference, the Women Who Rock project is rooted in its presence as a digital archive and fundamentally wed to the accessibility the internet engenders. The digital archive, as Tara McPherson explores in her introduction to “Media Studies and the Digital Humanities,” is exceptional because its boundaries are malleable, its chronology is non-linear, and, lastly, it is ever-evolving. Can’t the same be said for artists and their work?
Having watched the documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy,” which recounts the tragic story of Aaron Swartz, not far in the wake of a session exploring Omeka and the digital humanities provided another window into the issue of the digital humanities and questions of access. I found myself perplexed by the elitism perpetuated through capitalistic resource possession and by regulatory laws. Through such a lens, gaining even a non-expert grasp on Omeka and WordPress garners more power. It becomes not only a tool for documentation, but for democratization of information, especially information regarding people, movements, or art forms who are still fighting for shelves on the vast walls of the vast halls of our collective cultural library — our memory.
Anna Mitchell is a a member of the class of 2022 at Scripps College. She’s planning to major in French and Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture, with a focus on Gender & Sexuality. She came to Claremont from a small island in Maine.
Women Who Rock (CHST 74) is a course that is regularly offered by Dr. Martha Gonzalez at Scripps College. In this course, which is situated at the intersection of music herstory, gender studies, and digital humanities, Dr. Gonzalez introduces her students to popular music studies through the practice of archive building, oral, history analysis, critical writing, and digital scholarship.