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The Suffrage Postcard Project (SPP), a feminist digital humanities (DH) project, is a team initiative between faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. The SPP utilizes a range of digital tools to explore how transatlantic suffrage postcards and feminist DH practices engender new historical narratives about the suffrage movement, especially in the United States and Britain.
The Suffrage Postcard Project revolves around three central DH initiatives: feminist data visualization; feminist digital archiving; and feminist digital pedagogy.
1. Feminist Data Visualization
One critical concern of feminist data visualization, as Catherine D’Ignazio explains, is the representation of absence; what is not represented is as significant as what is represented. A feminist data visualization tool, for our purposes, may take account of the absence of women of color, immigrant women, working-class women, non-cisgender women, and women without children in visual representations of women in pro- and anti-suffrage postcards.
2. Feminist Digital Archiving
The SPP is committed to creating an open-access, searchable, and easy-to-use digital archive of suffrage postcards for research and teaching purposes. We hope that you will find our site useful for such purposes and ask that the site is credited by citation or hyperlink in any research or teaching.
3. Feminist Digital Pedagogy
Well aware of the institutional titles bestowed upon academics and educators, as well as our inability to fully divorce ourselves from them, team members for the SPP nonetheless aim to conduct research, through vigilant collaboration, so as to operate outside of these limitations. For the sake of our readership, we use universally-recognizable institutional titles within the SPP.
The Suffrage Postcard Project can be followed on Twitter (@Suff_Postcards).