Digital Humanities as cognitive dissidence



It\’s hard to believe but it was a year ago that the Primer Encuentro de Humanistas Digitales (First Meeting of Digital Humanists) was held in the Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City (17 and May 18, 2012).

I participated remotely via a poster / flyer and a website entitled \”HD/DC\”, which I set up to provide further context and references, as well as to keep track if anyone had followed the links included on it from the event on the days it took place. (Some indeed did, according to the stats provided by, where I hosted the site).

It was a way of communicating that in the digital humanities it is also necessary to examine how we practice \”academia\”. For example, I wanted to say that not being able to be physically at an event in real-time taking place in a specific geographic location does not necessarily mean we can not participate on it. Digital/Web technologies do offer accessible means to participate remotely, if one is so inclined.

I know that \”Cognitive Dissidence\” sounds pompous and naïve, but the intention was to suggest that in my opinion “DH” should mean not only new ways of doing things but also new ways of thinking about them. What are academics event for? What are the minimum requirements to hold them? When we say “meeting”, what do we mean? Can digital technologies help us think/do academic meetings differently?

So, inspired by the Day of Digital Humanities in Spanish and Portuguese 2013 and by the next Postcolonial Digital Humanities Summer School (#DHpoco) I have now uploaded to figshare that poster / flyer as a slide in PPT format (not a PDF, which means it is editable by whoever downloads it, if such a thing were of interest).

This means that a resource which is already one year-old is given a new lease of life by making it available on another platform. Figshare allows me to see some metrics of who views and downloads the file, and most importantly gives me a Digital Object Identifier for this work that would otherwise be at the mercy of the fragility of a free blog, buried somewhere in the vast expanse of the World Wide Web and completely ignored by the forms current academic recognition.

Humanidades digitales: espacios para la disidencia cognitiva (póster para Primer Encuentro de Humanistas Digitales en la Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Ciudad de México, 17 y 18 de mayo de 2012). Ernesto Priego. figshare.

Author Bio: Ernesto Priego is lecturer in Library Science at City University London and editor in chief of The Comics Grid. Journal of Comics Scholarship.