GO::DH Executive Committee Elections – Candidate Profiles

Global Outlook::Digital Humanities is holding its third Executive Committee elections. According to the approved bylaws that establish procedures by which GO::DH is governed, four out of eight of the seats on the executive committee are up for election this year. Each executive serves a two year (renewable) term. The election will be open for members to vote from April 2nd, 2016 to April  8th, 2016. We have following five nominations for this year's executive committee: 1. Elena Gonzalez-Blanco 2. Élika Ortega 3. Nuria Rodríguez Ortega 4. Thomas G. Padilla 5. Roopika Risam CANDIDATE STATEMENT 1. Elena Gonzalez-Blanco I’ve been working with GO::DH committee since it was been created, and it has been a fruitful experience, as it is a very diverse group which focuses on broader perspectives for DH. I would love to continue working for the group, to strengthen the impact of DH outside the English-speaking world –with a special focus, in my case, towards the Spanish community- and to discover new ways of scholarly communication, tool generation, project preservation and helping emerging communities interested in DH, which need to be trained and oriented. Elena is a very active member of the Digital Humanities community. She is member of the Executive Committee of EADH Executive Committee member GO::DH since 2013, Centernet Executive Committee, ADHO Conference Coordinating Committee, ADHO Awards Committee, and the President of the Spanish Association for Digital Humanities: HDH (Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas, Sociedad Internacional) and recently been appointed as secretary of the ADHO. 2. Élika Ortega I have been a member of GO::DH Executive Committee for two years. During that time I have coordinated initiatives related to multilingualism and community translation. Aside from the outcomes of experimental exercises like DH Whisperers, my work at GO::DH has inspired me to continue to fosters avenues of exchange among DH communities all over the world. The Translation Toolkit, developed in collaboration with other GO::DH members, aspires to be one such avenue. Up to now, GO::DH has been extremely succesful at highlighting the high quality DH work done around the world and putting into place cooperation practices with a handful of DH communities. This has made it imperative for DHers to engage with or, at least, recognized the field's diversity. However, much work is still needed to move from this recognition towards an ecology of knowledges in DH in which sustainable relationships and collaborations among diverse communities are not occasional or the work of only a few. I envision this kind of collaborations as something that can become the norm in the field if made part of DH training and pedagogy. If re-elected to the GO::DH Executive Committee, I will continue to work on the multilingual and translation initiatives I am passionate about, as I see them as a pathway to mutual communication among local DH communities. Furthermore, in the next two years, I hope to lay the ground for interinstitutional and transnational student training projects as a way to foster, in the new generations, long lasting exchanges among distinct DH cultures and practices. 3. Nuria Rodríguez Ortega http://www.uma.es/departamento-de-historia-del-arte/info/70968/nuria-rodriguez-ortega/ 4. Thomas G. Padilla http://www.thomaspadilla.org/ 5. Roopika Risam https://www.salemstate.edu/academics/schools/1188.php?id=6198 This election is being managed by Gurpreet Singh on behalf of Prof. Daniel O'Donnell, CHAIR, GO::DH.

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