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Tuesday, March 31 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Closing Plenary: Reflections on Twenty Years of Designing Digital Scholarship

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This talk considers two digital scholarship projects helmed by Tara McPherson and her colleagues, the multimedia journal Vectors (first presented at CNI in 2005) and the software platform Scalar. Reflecting on twenty years of digital design, the presentation takes a hard look at the many challenges faced by each project including issues of authorship, collaboration, funding, access, preservation, and scalability. In doing so, McPherson gleans lessons that might be learned from the successes and failures of these endeavors for the future of digital scholarship in the academy. She draws from her recent monograph, Feminist in a Software Lab: Difference and Design (Harvard, 2018) and argues that, while challenging, it is still crucial that scholars, librarians, and designers enter the technological fray in order to expand the possibilities for our digital futures in a time of corporate consolidation.


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Tara McPherson

Professor and Chair, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Tara McPherson is Professor and Chair in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Director of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, and Faculty Chair of Visions and Voices. She is author of two award-winning books, Feminist in a Software Lab (Harvard University Press 2018) and Reconstructing... Read More →

Tuesday March 31, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT