AHA Session 174
Saturday, January 8, 2022: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Rhythms Ballroom 3 (Sheraton New Orleans, 2nd Floor)
Jessica Marie Johnson, Johns Hopkins University
Christina Thomas, Johns Hopkins University
This lightning round session will bring together innovative young scholars using digital tools, theories, and methods to create portals into the history of Black people in Louisiana.
Doing digital history and making history accessible to the public has never been more important. This is especially true for the study, dissemination and teaching of African American, African diasporic, and African histories of the United States. This session, in lightning round format (5-7 minutes each) will bring together innovative young scholars using digital tools, theories, and methods to create portals into the history of Black people in Louisiana. Ranging from studies using the Louisiana Colonial Documents Digitization Project to working with corpus of runaway slave ads to explore the research praxis of John Blassingame and other Black historians of Gulf Coast Louisiana life and culture, this highly visual panel will share insights gained and pitfalls surmounted when studying the complex, multi-empire, centuries long history of the diasporic and archipelagic people of African descent of the Gulf Coast. Digital humanists, K-12 teachers, artists, activists and cultural practitioners welcome for a robust conversation about what and how to do public, digital histories of black life in the region.
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