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Essay in Debates in Digital Humanities 2019



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Book industry -- Digital humanities


It is not a question of whether or not adjuncts teach DH, but whether adjuncts’ DH pedagogy is infrastructurally visible. As digital humanities migrates from R-1s to small liberal arts colleges, regional comprehensive universities, community colleges, and precariously-funded local private institutions, DH is apt to be taught by adjunct faculty. Adjuncts comprise the majority of the non-tenure track humanities professoriate in the United States; 75.5% of humanities faculty are tenure-ineligible. DH is taught and learned by the most vulnerable people in higher education. A DH ethic of care should explicitly facilitate access and equity for them.

This essay examines strategies of care undertaken by adjunct DH faculty, contextualizes such working conditions in GO:DH and minimalist computing, and ends with actions taken by tenured faculty who materialize an ethic of care in the activist group Tenure For a Common Good.


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This chapter originally appeared in Debates in the Digital Humanities 2019 and is reprinted with permission by the University of Minnesota Press.

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