UCL Centre for Digital Humanities


UCLDH ONLINE: Complicating the whiteness of Digital Humanities: The Deep History of Black DH

12 May 2021, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

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Amy E. Earhart (Texas A&M University) will document a deep dig into the ecology of digital humanities, centering Black DH work in the field.

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While projects focused on Black culture, texts and artifacts are not as rare as they once were there remains a lack of understanding of the rich and deep histories of Black DH and its impact on the field. Sharon Leon’s foundation chapter, “Complicating a ‘Great Man’ Narrative of Digital History in the United States,” serves as a model of the necessary documentation that scholars must compile of alternative histories of digital humanities. Accordingly, this talk will document a deep dig into the ecology of digital humanities, centering Black DH work in the field. Among the scholars’ work discussed will be Abduhl Alkalimat, creator of e-black studies, Bryan Carter, Virtual Harlem, Marilyn Miller Thomas-Houston, iBlack Studies and co-editor of the multi-media journal Fire!!, Ronald Bailey, who developed www.dignubia.org and www.nubianet.org and Afro Publishing without Walls, and Maryemma Graham, History of Black writing. An ongoing project, I am conducting interviews with such foundational Black dh scholars to better understand their contributions to the field.

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This event is organised by UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, which is part of the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.

About the Speaker

Amy E. Earhart

Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University

Involved with digital humanities scholarship since 2003, Earhart’s scholarship has focused on examining infrastructures of technology and their impact and replication of “race,” building infrastructure for digital humanities work, embedding digital humanities projects within the classroom, and tracing the history and futures of dh, with a particular interest in the way that dh and critical race studies intersect.

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