Essay in Debates in Digital Humanities 2019
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.
Berens, K. (2019). "DH Adjuncts: Social Justice and Care", in Debates in the Digital Humanities 2019, edited by Matthew K. Gold, Lauren F. Klein, University of Minnesota Press.