ATNU/IES Virtual Speaker Series 2020/2021 #5

Cover for Black AtlanticIf ‌you couldn't join us for the live event, you can watch the lecture here.

‌For our fifth event in the ATNU/IES Virtual Speaker Series, we very happy to welcome Professor Roopika Risam, from Salem State University. Roopika will talk about the challenges and questions raised by the publication of her recent co-edited volume, The Digital Black Atlantic. Join us on the 25th of Januaryt at 17h00 (GMT) from wherever you are in the world. For more information, see the abstract below and don't forget to register to receive the joining link!‌

Envisioning the Digital Black Atlantic: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Practice

Roopika Risam

Monday, 25th of January 2021
17h00 (GMT)


Drawing on my experience co-editing the volume The Digital Black Atlantic for the Debates in the Digital Humanities series (University of Minnesota Press) with Kelly Baker Josephs, this talk explores the challenges of putting postcolonial digital humanities into practice by producing a volume on African diaspora digital humanities. From series editors who struggled to see the difference between our proposed volume on the digital black Atlantic and another proposed volume on global digital humanities to difficult editorial choices we encountered, the process of assembling the volume raised the critical question of how “the digital” travels throughout the African diaspora, changing and being changed by local contexts for digital knowledge production. The roots and routes of the digital in the African diaspora - from Nigeria to Dominica to South Africa to the United States to Jamaica and on - offer a critical transformation of digital humanities praxis that, I argue, is a practice of cultural survival necessary to ensuring a central place for the African diaspora in the digital cultural record.

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