One challenge with my research interests related to academic publishing is that a lot of them are focused on futuring. I’m interested in how platforms in a given moment are relevant to a zeitgeist, but also how they illuminate larger concerns. Right now, I’m intrigued by how educators are using Discord and how libraries are using Twitch. (Hell, how congresspeople are using Twitch.) I’m interested in what this all means, but by the time any traditional scholarship happens, some of these will be passe. What insights from their heyday will remain, though? I’m going to ponder this further and how I can make this part of what I do.
This is the website of Kimberly Hirsh. The subtitle of this site comes from the description of woodland goth on the Aesthetics wiki.
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I acknowledge that I live and work on unceded Lumbee, Skaruhreh/Tuscarora, and Shakori land. I give respect and reverence to those who came before me. I thank Holisticism for the text of this land acknowledgement.
We must acknowledge that much of what we know of this country today, including its culture, economic growth, and development throughout history and across time, has been made possible by the labor of enslaved Africans and their ascendants who suffered the horror of the transatlantic trafficking of their people, chattel slavery, and Jim Crow. We are indebted to their labor and their sacrifice, and we must acknowledge the tremors of that violence throughout the generations and the resulting impact that can still be felt and witnessed today. I thank Dr. Terah ‘TJ’ Stewart for the text of this labor acknowledgement.