'Performance and the Archive' Talk + Homecoming Writing Awards

Image from Vibrant Lives "Living Net" project. / Photo courtesy Jacqueline Wernimont

Working with a variety of theories of performance and textual performativity, literature and digital humanities scholar Jacqueline Wernimont will present a set of archival performances that draw on literary texts, textual archives, and multimedia tools. Following Wernimont’s talk, winners of English's Homecoming Writing Awards will be announced and will read from their work.

Wernimont is a founding co-Director of the HS Collab and an Assistant Professor of English at ASU, where she specializes in literary history, feminist digital media, histories of quantification, and technologies of commemoration. She is the Interim Director of ASU's Nexus Lab, directs the Graduate Certificate program in Digital Humanities and is currently a Fellow of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, where she works on new civil rights in digital cultures. She is an active part of the FemTechNet collective. 

Wernimont is at work on a monograph that traces long histories (21st century to 16th century) of technologies like wearable devices, body measurements, and body counts. She earned a PhD and MA in English Literature from Brown University and a BA in English from the University of Iowa, where she also studied molecular biology.  Wernimont says of her beginnings, "I cut my digital humanities teeth at the Brown University Women Writers Project, where I began as an encoder and later worked as the project manager and textbase editor." In addition to ASU, Wernimont has taught at Harvey Mudd College and Scripps College.

The Homecoming Writing Contest celebrates the creative and scholarly writing of undergraduate students within the ASU Department of English. Awards of $500 each are presented to first place winners in poetry, short story/creative nonfiction, and scholarly essay.

This event is hosted by the Department of English as part of its celebration of ASU Homecoming. All are welcome. Refreshments served.

Kristen LaRue-Sandler
Department of English
Durham Language and Literature Building, room 316, Tempe campus