Digital Technology Roundtable
Scholars often make use of digital archives and materials in their pursuit to represent the histories and cultures of their research sites. These materials can illuminate violence, colonialism, and poverty as well as overcome unfamiliarities students may have with such topics through their visualities. As teachers across a diverse set of sites and educational institutions, we invite discussion on a series of questions about visualizing histories of and/or in Asia. How can professors in higher education overcome technological disparities in places where resources vary? How can scholars hold themselves accountable to those we represent visually? How can we share our archival research across diasporic groups? Our roundtable includes viewpoints that consider low-resource educational institutions, digital archives of violence, economic disparities, and visual anthropology. Dr. Chen will engage with the issue of resource disparities while teaching at National University of East Timor. Dr. DeAngelo will describe how to incorporate visual anthropology assignments for teaching about Southeast Asia. Dr. Grant will explore methods of opening the collection of photographs, notes, and communiques to Cambodian and Cambodian American artists and archivists so as to hold universities accountable to the communities they study. Dr. McAllister will describe the use of experiential teaching of participatory research methods in the classroom combined with analysis of documents from an agricultural project with ethnic minorities in northern Laos as a mechanism to help students to critically reflect on political ecology and how group and power dynamics influence research and project outcomes. Dr. Messier will describe the politics of representation of technology disparities in Hyderabad, India. These topics will engage with the various institutional challenges that come from an R1 university, a small private liberal arts college, an Asian national university, and a public university in Canada as well as from our varied ranks in the institutions. We believe demonstrations accompanied by discussions are the best ways in which to address these issues. We expect our roundtable to generate creative approaches and actionable items to resolve them. The roundtable will thus engage with both challenges and promises through demonstrations of innovations we have used in classrooms and community-facing projects.