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On February 6, Roopika Risam, an associate professor of Film and Media Studies & Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College, will give an online public talk titled "No Data without Representation: Principles and Practices for Intersectional Data."

A number of recent interventions, such as Data Feminism (Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren Klein) and the Feminist Data Set (Caroline Sinders), have offered frameworks for what they call "intersectional feminist data." This seeming dominance of white women in discourses at the nexus of intersectionality and data begs the question: where are the voices of women of color in this conversation? In this talk, Risam outlines principles for approaches to intersectional feminist data visualization that, first and foremost, create space to bring the voices of women of color and other vulnerable communities into data-driven approaches to scholarship through community-engaged work. 

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar. Register for the link at

About the speaker: 

Roopika Risam is an associate professor of Film and Media Studies and of Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. Her research interests lie at the intersections of postcolonial and African diaspora studies, humanities knowledge infrastructures, and digital humanities. Risam’s work has been supported by over $3.6 million in grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute for Museum and Library Services, Mass Humanities, and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Her first monograph, New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy, was published by Northwestern University Press in 2018. She is currently developing The Global Du Bois, a data visualization project on W.E.B. Du Bois, and her current book project, “Insurgent Academics: A Radical Account of Public Humanities,” which traces a new history of public humanities through the emergence of ethnic studies, is under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press. Risam also co-directs Reanimate, an intersectional feminist publishing collective that recovers archival writing by women in media industries, and co-hosts the Rocking the Academy podcast.

About the Series:

The UT Humanities Center's Distinguished Lecture Series bring acclaimed humanities scholars and renowned artists to the Knoxville campus for research-based conversations with UT faculty and graduate students and to give a public talk on a topic of the speaker's choosing. Speakers are nominated and hosted by faculty from our nine affiliated arts and humanities departments. Because only speakers with exceptional records of publication and research activity are eligible to receive a nomination as a visiting scholar, the program brings to campus some of the most cutting-edge and prolific intellectuals in the humanities today. Details on this season’s program are available at If you enjoy this series and would like to support future UT Humanities Center programming, please visit to learn about giving opportunities.

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