Zusammenfassung: : Risam explores the need for decolonising research in DH and highlights several on-going projects with innovative approaches to combining technology and indigenous epistemologies.

Motivation:: Exploring criticism towards DH practices with respect to intersectional issues.

Ergebnisse:: This piece offers various definition of what colonialism means, how it is embedded into research and in what ways we can be aware of and actively resist colonialist rhetoric and biases.

Keywords: : digital-humanities, colonialism

  • 78 | Decolonization as a process, not an event
  • 79 | Colonialism was grounded in violence, therefore decolonization is a similarly violent process
  • 79 | Reproducing colonialist thought in DH research is a form of oppression
    • Colonialism of the mind (see also Ngugi wa’ Thiong’o (1986))
  • 79 | Diversification does not equate to decolonization
  • 80 | Postcolonial and decolonial computing (HCI)
  • 81 | New tools and methodologies are needed to undo the damage of colonialist technologies
  • 81 | There is no binary of doing vs thinking, they are necessarily intertwined
  • European-centric superiority complex
  • 83 | Sharing knowledge freely and openly is a Western ideal that isn’t shared in all cultures → Example: Mukurtu project for Waramungu Aboriginal community needed to be split into different levels of privacy since the community believes that some information should only be accessible for specific social groups
  • 83 | Various exemplary projects are mentioned here
  • 84 | There are no easy answers and solutions, innovation is key