Postcolonial digital humanities

The project builds on the findings of the other four subprojects in order to consider cosmopolitan Europe through digital affordances as enabling forms of connectivity and belonging, as well as transferring and transforming some of the offline, everyday practices and divides online (Nakamura, 2002; Daniels, 2012; Sharma, 2013; Titley, 2014).

What do the digital humanities mean for a critical understanding of digital diasporas in postcolonial Europe? The PI will contribute to the innovation in digital humanities from a postcolonial perspective by accounting for the debates on digital divide, online racism and gender discrimination as often reminiscent of how colonial dynamics are reproduced in a digital context (Amin, 2010; Stoler, 2013; Ponzanesi and Leurs, 2014).

This overarching project will rethink postcolonial digital humanities in order to grasp the mechanisms through which Postcolonial Europe can be rethought as a conceptual map that includes both past and present dynamics of migration (material and virtual), leading to a networked cosmopolitan society; i.e. the motto of unity in diversity as contesting the notion of Fortress Europe, secularism and nativist belonging.