Critical Knowledge Production Through Black Digital Humanities

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October 2018

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African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities Conference


This roundtable will explore how connections among education, blackness, and digital culture create an expansive perspective to consider pedagogy, education and social justice -as ultimate objective of a “technology of recovery” (Gallon 2016). What conceptions of knowledge and representation emerge from black-centered digital cultures in the Global South and Global North? What does it mean to center Black culture, Black thought, and Black persons in digital humanities pedagogy in white-dominated spaces? This roundtable will address these questions by using four black-centered digital humanities interventions as the starting point for an open conversation. Eduard Arriaga will discuss how Brazilian and Colombian black communities are re-thinking the digital as a way to re-articulate knowledge production and representations. Robin Turner and Antwain Hunter will talk about an NEH-funded course in which African and Black diasporic people’s experiences of travel, enslavement, and partial freedom ground a semester-long exploration of the question “What is freedom?” in the Transatlantic World. Including texts from Africa, the Americas, and Europe that span the 14th and 21st centuries, the course culminates in student-created, public-facing, interactive digital projects. Olivia MacIsaac will discuss the digitization and online display of records from the Indianapolis Recorder, an African-American newspaper founded in 1895. Tania Lizarazo will explore the digital storytelling project Mujeres Pacíficas as collaboration in which the embodied lived experiences of black women are archived as knowledge production. This roundtable aims to spark a productive conversation on black-centered digital pedagogy, research, and culture that extends beyond the presenters to bring in attendees’ perspectives on black digital humanities in diverse sites.


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