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Digital Humanities in Latin America$
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Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste and Juan Carlos Rodríguez

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401476

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401476.001.0001

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Afrolatin@ Digital Humanities or Rethinking Inclusion in the Digital Humanities

Afrolatin@ Digital Humanities or Rethinking Inclusion in the Digital Humanities

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Digital Humanities in Latin America

Eduard Arriaga

University Press of Florida

Through the study of digital projects developed by Afrolatin@ and Afro-Latin American communities and agents in the Americas, this chapter argues for a rethinking of inclusion as a notion widely discussed in fields such as the digital humanities. Departing from myths of digital universalism and digital neutrality, the text discusses how technologies—in particular, digital technologies—are repurposed by these communities to pursue diverse political, cultural, and symbolic objectives in assorted geographic and cultural contexts. In that sense, the chapter proposes the reconsideration of the digital humanities and digital studies as expansive fields of practice, in which there is space for what the author calls Afrolatin@ digital humanities. Studied projects reveal that such expansion of the digital humanities is less concerned with textual analysis and digitization of canonical material, and more centered around the combination of computer applications and analog practices to challenge colonial and neo-colonial orders embedded in global neoliberal designs. Likewise, those projects propose diverse conceptions of humanity that challenge the universal conception of human centered around western male conceptions.

Keywords:   Afrolatin@, Afro-Latin American, digital humanities, digital universalism, inclusion

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