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.

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From Analyzing to Actualizing Apartheid: A Journey in Realization

A July 2018 humanitarian trip to Palestine left me inspired by the region’s anti-Apartheid and occupation liberation movement and comparisons to similar struggles plaguing South Africa and Namibia—specifically, by the current land rights’ reform and water restrictions plaguing all three countries. As I draw comparisons that link these oppressive regimes to their military, economic and political support by the U.S. government, I’m outraged and empowered. Being a 2019 AADHum Scholar gave me time to both process my experiences in all three regions and to outline my current research project.

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