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AC Co-Founder Peter Herdrich Speaks on Digital Humanities and Ethics in a Time of Crisis

May 17, 2021

At a panel hosted by the Aga Khan Library, AC Co-Founder Peter Herdrich joined Sharon Smith (Associate Academic serving as Curator for the Middle East, North Africa, Global South, History, and Religion, ASU Library), Walid Ghali (Head of the Aga Khan Library, London), Jon Carlson (Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University) and Anand Gopal (Assistant Research Professor with the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict and the Center on the Future of War at Arizona State University) for a discussion titled “Interrupted and Restricted: Digital Humanities and Ethic in a Time of Crisis.”

This panel covered not only the forward facing aspects of digital humanities (DH), ensuring access to researchers, students, and scholars, but also examined the ethics and implications of what is disseminated via the virtual vis-à-vis human rights.

Herdrich presented on the AC’s on-the-ground projects in digitization, with the following key takeaways: 

  • Digitization combats looting: A complete record of a collection can help immediately identify what is missing to put authorities and markets on the lookout.
  • Local partners lead the way: In situations of crises, it is crucial to follow the lead of partners on-the-ground in determining project activities and objectives. 

Watch the full discussion here.