Elizabeth Hopwood

Elizabeth Hopwood is the Assistant Director of the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities at Loyola University Chicago, where she is also the Graduate Program Director of the Masters in Digital Humanities Program, and Lecturer in English. Her research interests include nineteenth-century American and Atlantic literature, food studies, digital humanities design, and new media. Her current project examines representations of women and technology in nineteenth-century cookbooks and advertising trade cards.

Previous DH work from Northeastern University, where she earned her PhD in English, include: Managing Editor of Digital Humanities Quarterly, project manager of The Early Caribbean Digital Archive, and developmental builder of Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive. She was recently published in Teaching with Digital Humanities: Tools and Methods for Nineteenth-Century American Literature, University of Illinois Press.

Speaker Series Talk

“Slow Work and STEAHMpunk: Instructional Design in Digital Humanities” (February 20, 2019)

This talk will discuss some of the practical issues that arise out of on-the-ground interdisciplinary, collaborative Digital Humanities work. Issues—of infrastructure, of labor practices, of ethics, of knowledge work—often attend new and burgeoning projects, leading to frustration. I argue that we might reframe such issues as productive touchstones upon which the glorious messiness of humanities and the fascinating fuzziness of computer science converge. By way of a case study, I’ll discuss a current project called STEAHMpunk: a project that responds both to the growing divide of women in tech and to the disciplinary divides between the Humanities and the Sciences. STEAHMpunk infuses the Arts and Humanities into STEM by a refocus on instructional design, pedagogy, and collaborative teaching circles within feminist coding spaces.