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4. Spring 2017

The Suffrage Postcard Project at USF’s Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium

Lea Minniear

In spring 2017, Natalie Bohin, Michele True, and I all collaborated on a poster presentation on the Suffrage Postcard Project (SPP) at USF’s Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. We knew going in that the majority of the presentations and judges were going to be from disciplines outside of the humanities, so we were excited to not only talk about the SPP but also to engage in conversations about feminist digital humanities. Keeping in mind that our humanities project was in the minority, we practiced giving different versions of our presentation for a variety of audiences. This was extremely helpful come the day of the colloquium when some observers asked questions ranging from what is feminism to general questions about the suffrage movement. Although starting a conversation about the SPP on the definition of feminism makes for a longer introduction, it was a great feeling to know that our feminist digital humanities project was a one of a kind in the room.

Thankfully we did get a chance to stretch our DH muscles with an amazing podcast interview conducted by USF graduate students Bianca and Ashley. They are working on a DH project called The Intersection and stopped by the Colloquium to talk with us about our experience with the SPP and feminist digital humanities. It was so rewarding to take the time to talk in depth about our methodology and tagging process as well as how feminist DH has revolutionized the way perceive technology, because as you know – feminism is always intersectional and data is never neutral! Additionally, the podcast was a great chance for each of us to speak on aspects of the project that were most interesting to us. Natalie was able to talk about her fascination of the relationship between fashion and suffrage represented in the postcards, while Michele elaborated on her love of the manipulation of data during the tagging process, all of which gave a more robust feel of the SPP. From the in-depth podcast interview to the broader discussions on feminism with those who passed by, the research colloquium was an amazing experience that left us feeling even more confident about our role as RAs on the project. We hope you enjoy listening to the podcast as much as we enjoyed participating in it!