Kimberly Christen Withey


Kim ChristenI am an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Digital Technology and Culture program in the Department of English, and Director of Digital Projects at the Plateau Center, Native American Programs at Washington State University. My work explores the intersections of cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, intellectual property rights, the ethics of openness, and the use of digital technologies in and by indigenous communities globally. I have worked in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, Australia over the last decade with Warumungu community members on a range of projects including a book, an interactive website, and a community archive. My collaborations with the Warumungu focused on alliance-making in cross-cultural projects. My book, Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town was published in 2009 by the School of Advanced Research as part of their Global Indigenous Politics Series. I am currently working on several digital humanities projects that explore ethical issues of openness and access in relation to indigenous cultural protocols and digital archives. I am the Director of both the Plateau Peoples' Web Portal, a collaboratively curated site of Plateau cultural materials and Mukurtu CMS: a free and open source content management system and digital archive built around the particular needs of indigenous peoples globally. I am fortunate to be collaborating with the Center for Digital Archaeology at UC Berkeley on many digital heritage projects that leverage Mukurtu. In addition, I am co-Director of Local Contexts an educational platform for an innovative set of traditional knowledge licenses and labels. This site contains links to my publications, presentations, courses, and projects. Explore. Engage.

Questions? Contact me @ kim.christen@gmail.com