Reframing Failure: It’s Complicated — Collaborations and Partnerships

Dr Helen Graham and Dr Arran Rees are panellists in this seminar organised as part of a series looking at reframing failure within the digital humanities.

Most of us recognise that failure is an unavoidable part of any scholarly endeavour — let alone life — especially for people who work across disciplines. Yet, for something so central to our experience, it often sits at the periphery of our writing, training, and professional discourse.

The Reframing Failure seminar series, explores how we can reframe failure within the digital humanities: the ways we can learn from it, talk about it, and hopefully reconsider our collective relationship to it.

A common challenge for digital humanities projects — and a place where many stumble — is managing collaborations across disciplines, cultures, and communities of practice. These differences raise questions of translation, inclusivity, and workplace norms for digital humanities practitioners.

Panellists in this seminar include:

  • Ruth Ahnert (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Helen Graham (University of Leeds)
  • Arran Rees (University of Leeds)
  • Ruth Ahnert (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Emma Jaster (Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics)
  • Daniela Major (School of Advanced Study)
  • Caio Mello (School of Advanced Study)
  • Jennifer Stertzer (University of Virginia)

Helen and Arran will be participating in this panel as part of their work on the Congruence Engine project. Co-facilitating the action research of a large, distributed, and interdisciplinary project is bound to encounter divergences of opinion and will require different iterations of work. They will be reflecting on their work in the project, as well as other interdisciplinary and complex environments they have worked in.

About Reframing Failure

Conceived as a series of conversations, Reframing Failure presents an opportunity to reflect on practice. Organised by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, it welcomes those from within and outside the digital humanities and takes an international and interdisciplinary approach to failure.

Find out about all the seminars in the series.

Booking information

This seminar takes place online via Zoom.

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