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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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Modularity, Mimesis, and the Informatic Ideal

Modularity, Mimesis, and the Informatic Ideal

On Intersectional Struggles for Digital Human(itie)s in Latin America

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Digital Humanities in Latin America

Anita Say Chan

University Press of Florida

This chapter explores tactics around a growing digital age “informatic ideal” in contemporary state tactics. Such tactics, including Peru’s new labor law, increasingly exemplify an embrace of what digital studies scholars label as an information age elevation of modularity. Derived from programmer practices from the 1960s onward, the modular principle stressed the value of making individual input parts of large coded systems deliberately detachable, non-interdependent, and even invisible from other parts. Yet, if the modular principle meant to ensure that no other part of the system would register an interruption, the diverse intersectional and multi-mediated visibilization tactics—as well as their reverberations through varied web- and street-based spectacles—demonstrate Latin American citizens’ work to interrupt state and neoliberalized applications of the informatic ideal. Emphasizing intersectional participation, global inclusivity, and collaboration for social change instead, citizen tactics propose other informatic ideals that stress human interdependence and coalition over modularity’s stress on detachability, segregation, and non-interdependence. Their efforts echo feminist, postcolonial, and Latin American DH calls for dedicated efforts toward inclusive, intersectional participation within DH—not only to underscore the value of multi-disciplinary social collaboration, but to contend with modularization and the growing risks of neoliberalization within academic projects.

Keywords:   informatic ideal, intersectional, interdependence, mimesis, modularity, neoliberal, Latin America

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