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Digital Humanities Speaker Series: Dr. Christina Boyles


Dr. Christina Boyles is Assistant Professor of Culturally-Engaged Digital Humanities in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University.

She will prevent the Lecture: "Disaster Datafication: On the Surveillance State in Post-Maria Puerto Rico"

Event Location
Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room (OSU Library) 
(reception following)

Nearly two years have passed since Hurricane María made landfall in Puerto Rico, yet its effects are still reeling through the islands. Rather than assisting with recovery, government agencies are engaging in what I term climatizing surveillance—mechanisms developed to both disempower Puerto Ricans and to ensure valuable resources remain in the hands of the wealthy elite. At its core, this enterprise seeks the erasure of marginalized peoples and their claims to commonly held lands and resources. This presentation will discuss how these processes operate in Puerto Rico, highlight their broader implications for a climate-stricken world, and outline strategies for resistance.

Event Sponsor(s)
OSU Digital Humanities Initiative

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Event is free and open to the public