WHAT IS Re:Humanities?

If you have ever had a single question about Re:Humanities, from the most basic logistics to the most esoteric academic references, this is the blog post you’ve been waiting for. Katrina Obieta (BMC ’15), part of the Re:Hum working group, answers all.


1. What is Re:Humanities, logistically speaking? What/Who/Where/When?

Re:Humanities ’15: Save, Share, Self-Destruct. will be held at Swarthmore College on April 9-10, 2015.

2. And: why?

The symposium is a two-day conferences that showcases undergraduate research on digital humanities. Our goal in this symposium is to empower undergraduates with the unique opportunity to playfully engage in scholarly research, challenging them to produce and collaborate in a sphere traditionally reserved for graduates and professionals. The theme this year lies at the intersection of digital scholarship and the public realm. The tools of new media allow for innovative academic research and streamlined social contact, yet present significant trade-offs. Privacy breaches, personal digital trails, and the effects of technology in daily life remain prominent issues in public and academic circles. These concerns raise fundamental questions for both scholars and the community: What do we save? Why do we save it? What do we trade for access? How much data is too much?

3. How can students access and learn about the digital humanities in the Tri-Co beyond this conference?

Re:Humanities is supported by both the Tri-Co Digital Humanities and Haverford College’s Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities. They have many different programs and opportunities for students to learn more about digital scholarship. Learn more here:



4) Feminist scholar Donna Haraway writes, “I seek my siblings in the nonarboreal, laterally communicating, fungal shapes of the queer kin group that finds lapdogs and laptops in the same commodious laps” (When Species Meet, 10). How can the Digital Humanities navigate the differences and similarities between lapdogs and laptops?

Digital Humanities and especially the Re:Humanities Symposium both sit at the intersection between lapdogs and laptops. The Digital Humanities not only allow media and technology to advance, but research and scholarship in this field are constantly thinking about ways in which in can be put to everyday use in academia and beyond. This application and sharing of digital advances and scholarship from academia into the public realm is exactly what this year’s symposium hopes to explore.

5) What advice would you give students who want to submit to Re:Humanities 2015?

Two pieces of advice for students looking to submit proposals: one, is to submit early / on time and two, is to have a clear proposal topic or question. The Working Group is not necessarily looking for finished projects, but having a clear direction will be helpful. This year’s theme reaches out far and wide, so we can’t wait for all the different kinds of submissions and proposals we will receive!

For more information, visit http://blogs.haverford.edu/rehumanities/