Happy autumn! Today we're highlighting Kendall Futrell, a Five College Digital Humanities Undergraduate Fellow for the 2018-2019 year. Read Kendall's reflections on Bad Books, her #digitalhumanities project on #censorship, and her time in the fellowship at https://t.co/vrZYiqSHCM
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An Exploration of Censorship
Bad Books: An Exploration of Censorship is an online exhibit tracing the manifestation of censorship throughout time, from manuscript to mass media. Kendall is creating digital reproductions of various materials from Smith College Special Collections to put on display. These materials will act as a foundation for a much larger discussion about censorship. Censorship is an issue that has affected people across all disciplines. Scientists, philosophers, and literary figures have all had their works burned, banned, or been killed for writing them. Even in this age of self publication, censorship is still at work across the world. It may have changed, but it is still happening. Kendall’s project invites people, across multiple disciplines, to think about this issue together. What counts as censorship? Where do you see censorship in your daily life? Kendall’s project is designed to get people thinking about the ways that censorship appears. And to get people engaging with primary sources and the wealth of materials Special Collections can offer.
In form, the project envisions technology as a way to augment our experiences with books rather than as a replacement for books. Yet, it lingers over questions about the way that the internet has both helped and hindered censorship projects.