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AADHum brings African American studies and digital humanities together in order to expand upon both fields, making the digital humanities more inclusive of African American history and culture and enriching African American studies research with new methods, archives and tools.

Generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the initiative draws on the remarkable faculty, staff, and centers—in the College of Arts and Humanities and across the university—with internationally recognized expertise in the digital humanities and in African American literature, history, and culture. The initiative is co-directed by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities and the Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy.


Reimagining the Lives of Black Soldiers Wives and Widows in Post-Civil War America

Dr. Brandi C. Brimmer, AADHum Scholar and Assistant Professor at Morgan State University, shares her plans to use “QGIS tools to address the problem of spatial representation and black women during the Civil War era.” She discusses ways that mapping technology can help to visually and spatially represent this region to highlight “the proximity of refugee camps, social institutions, and waterways” to the development of what she terms “the pension network.”



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