“A series of dynamic essays that investigate and problematise the impact of technology and digital culture on Latinx America. . . . While ambitious in scope, the volume offers a diversity of perspectives and case studies that highlight the unique affordances and consequences of the digital divide throughout parts of the United States and Latin America.”—Bulletin of Latin American Research
“A collection of excellent articles dealing with the impact of digital technologies and media in Latin American culture.”—Revista de Estudios Hispánicos “A valuable contribution to scholarly knowledge, combining contributions by a wide range of academics and practitioners and offering exciting case studies on lesser-studied regions and topics. In particular, it brings race much more clearly into view in Latin American digital humanities.”—Thea Pitman, coauthor of Latin American Identity in Online Cultural Production
“This book brings together an excellent cadre of scholars to demonstrate convincingly that our media ecologies are not universal or homogeneous—that seeing through the eye of Latinx studies, we can refresh anew our understanding of technology in the twenty-first century.”—Alex Gil, Columbia University Libraries
As digital media and technologies transform the study of the humanities around the world, this volume provides the first hemispheric view of the practice of digital humanities in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Americas. These essays examine how participation and research in new media have helped configure identities and collectivities in the region.
Featuring case studies from throughout Latin America, including the United States Latinx community, contributors analyze documentary films, television series, and social media to show how digital technologies create hybrid virtual spaces and facilitate connections across borders. They investigate how Latinx bloggers and online activists navigate governmental restrictions in order to connect with the global online community. These essays also incorporate perspectives of race, gender, and class that challenge the assumption that technology is a democratizing force.
Digital Humanities in Latin America illuminates the cultural, political, and social implications of the ways Latinx communities engage with new technologies. In doing so, it connects digital humanities research taking place in Latin America with that of the Anglophone world.
Contributors: Paul Alonso | Morgan Ames | Eduard Arriaga | Anita Say Chan | Ricardo Dominguez | Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo | Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste | Jennifer M. Lozano | Ana Lígia Silva Medeiros | Gimena del Río Riande | Juan Carlos Rodríguez | Isabel Galina Russell | Angharad Valdivia | Anastasia Valecce | Cristina Venegas
Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste is professor of world languages and Latin American cultures at Georgia State University’s World Languages and Cultures Department. He is the author of Lalo Alcaraz: Political Cartooning in the Latino Community. Juan Carlos Rodríguez, associate professor of Spanish at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is coeditor of New Documentaries in Latin America.
A volume in the series Reframing Media, Technology, and Culture in Latin/o America, edited by Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste and Juan Carlos Rodríguez
Publication of the paperback edition made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.