María F – Bio & Contribution Statement

María Fernanda Buitrago is a M.A. student in Digital Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center completing a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Spanish Literature from Los Andes University, Bogotá, Colombia. Her undergraduate work had an emphasis on cultural analysis, creative writing, pedagogy, and ethnographic research. María has collaborated with diverse communities, including indigenous groups, urban vulnerable youth facing homelessness in Bogotá, migrant women in New York City and rural women victims of SGBV in Colombia. Professionally she has worked in cultural institutions in NYC in a variety of roles, most recently as a Public Programs and Events Coordinator. Among her current interests are collaborating with rural women from the Global South to understand their distinctive forms of authority, resistance and self-determination. She’s also interested in using DH methods and tools for anthropological inquiry, constructing community archives, folksonomies, dialoguing with Latin American ontologies and epistemologies, and researching Colombian indigenous, women and peasant writers.

María joins the Feminist Markup JWDP as an Outreach Coordinator. Her work focuses on sourcing technical and content support for the development of the tagsets, definitions and TEI/XML structure as well as finding opportunities to collaborate with any interested groups. She also contributes to the encoding of the XML files, like the rest of the members. Her interest in joining the project comes from her desire to learn more about the intersection between TEI/XML and feminist methodologies and frameworks for culturally diverse and non-english materials.