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PhD students win fellowships in Critical Digital Humanities

Submitted on Friday, August 20, 2021

Three doctoral students at the Faculty of Information have won graduate fellowships as part of the University of Toronto’s new Critical Digital Humanities Initiative. These inaugural fellowships are awarded to students whose research aligns with the CDHI’s focus on emphasizing questions of power, social justice, and critical theory. A total of eight fellowship were awarded.

The Faculty of Information students are:

Carina Emilia Guzmán is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Information and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies collaborative program, studying with Professor T.L. Cowan and Professor Jasmine Rault. Guzmán’s dissertation is developing a trans-feminist and queer framework, “stor(y)ing mi desmadre,” to explore the digital, media, and archival praxes of feminized queer communities in Latin America.

Mariam Karim is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Information and the collaborative program at the Women and Gender Studies Institute, supervised by Professor Jasmine Rault. Her project examines Arab women’s movement’s (1936–2020) information activism, exploring feminist continuities and media transformations in movement websites and social media.

Yuxing (Yolanda) Zhang is a PhD candidate working with Professor Tero Karppi at the Faculty of Information. Her research combines multispecies ethnography and media and infrastructural studies to examine the politics of water-based, algorithmic agroecological technologies in Suzhou, China.