All of the conversations
about gender, Digital Humanities, coding, archives, silences, and the like have made me really begin to think about this sense of isolation that many technologists, alt-ac, and Digital Humanists may feel. This might come from the fact that some live on university campuses that provide no infrastructure for their work
. Yet others may be isolated by the lack of funding for embarking on or continuing digital projects because the standards required for peer-reviewable material are unachievable in their current positions. Whatever it is, something else happened today to make me extremely aware (and frustrated)that perhaps there’s a real misunderstanding about just how destitute my university (and by that virtue, myself and my students) are in comparison to other public universities.
I don’t mean how much I get paid or how many resources I have access to. Instead, it’s the social aspect: my students work full time; I teach a 4-4 load within an over-taxed department. My students lack some privileges that are provided at other universities. But, I’m less interested in complaining and more interested in finding solutions — because my students’ situation mirrors my own, and I don’t want to hand over the DH issues of my career to them.