Textual Fundamentalism and the Digital Humanities


hari kumar is an Instructional Designer at Amherst College. kumar’s scholarly work explores and dissects the intersections of critical pedagogies, digital literacies, and cultural politics in academic writing, and decolonizing academic knowledge production. He specializes in critical pedagogies for active participatory learning, and has worked extensively on integrating pedagogically grounded uses for technology to support and enhance classroom practice.
kumar’s technical background and humanities interests have led him to specialize in authoring multimedia online texts that are immersive, collaborative, and performative. kumar earned his MS in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, his MA in Communications from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and is an English Ph.D. candidate at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst.

On December 3rd, kari kumar gave a talk at Amherst College to students, faculty, and staff from the Five Colleges that explored the ways in which texts might be decolonized through performance methodologies.

The lecture engaged questions of race and knowledge production in contemporary culture, with the aim of ‘decentering’ Western textualism both inside and peripheral to the academy.