Centers and Margins: Access and the Ethics of Openness in the Digital Humanities

Session Abstract/Description: 

Kimberly Christen Withey's keynote, "Centers and Margins: Access and the Ethics of Openness in the Digital Humanities," will explore the terrain of openness within the Digital Humanities and at the interface of cultural adaptation and political push back. Withey is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Digital Technology and Culture program, and the Director of Digital Projects at the Plateau Center, Native American Programs at Washington State University. Her work explores the intersections of cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, intellectual property rights, the ethics of openness, and the use of digital technologies in and by indigenous communities globally. She is currently working on several digital humanities projects that explore ethical issues of openness and access in relation to indigenous cultural protocols and digital archives. Christen is the Director of the Plateau Peoples' Web Portal, a collaboratively curated site of Plateau cultural materials, and is also the Director of Mukurtu CMS: a free and open source content management system and community digital archive platform built around the particular needs of indigenous peoples globally. Learn more about her work at


Keynote 2

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 11:45am to 1:00pm

Presenters for this session

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Washington State University