AADHum Intensives

The AADHum Initiative’s 2018–2019 programming shines a spotlight on work that is intentionally digital, and intentionally Black, by amplifying researchers who are actively working at the intersections of African American history, culture, and digital humanities. AADHum Intensives will feature a single researcher or small research team, allowing the AADHum community to focus on their work while also participating in an open format meant to foster learning, discussion, and progress. AADHum Intensives will further distill the most powerful elements of AADHum’s hallmark activities (workshops, reading groups and incubators) to facilitate the creation of excellent digital humanities work: presentation, as each researcher delivers a brief talk contextualizing the development of their digital project; dialogue, as participants engage with the researcher, with the goal of providing purposeful feedback and fostering discussion of two key theoretical or disciplinary readings that ground their project; and skill building, as AADHum and MITH staff support each researcher to develop or refine a key technical skill relevant to their project.

During the Spring 2019 semester, Intensives will feature members of the 2019 AADHum Scholars cohort and focus on supporting them in the advancement of their digital projects in African American history and culture. Though these Intensives do not provide broad theoretical or digital skills training, they are open to the public. We enthusiastically welcome all interested parties who want to learn more about the Scholars’ projects and/or participate in the ongoing development of their work. Please come prepared to engage in a discussion-driven, seminar-style event.

Due to the in-progress status of these projects, Intensives will not be live-tweeted or live-streamed.

Spring 2019 Schedule

All Intensives are held in the MITH Conference Room, 0301 Hornbake Library, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Thursday, February 14, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Life, Love, and Labor in Clemson University’s Early African American History, 1825-1972

Rhondda Thomas, Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature, Department of English, Clemson University

Recommended Readings:

  1. Alexis Lothian and Amanda Phillips, “Can Digital Humanities Mean Transformative Critique?”, E-Media Studies (2013)
  2. Rhondda Robinson Thomas, “Reconstruction, Public Memory, and the Making of Clemson University on John C. Calhoun’s Fort Hill Plantation,” American Literary History (2018)

For copies of recommended readings, please reach out to aadhum@umd.edu.

Monday, February 25, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Victor Bramble, Doctoral Student, Department of American Studies, University of Maryland

Recommended Readings:

  1. Kaaryn Gustafson, “Contextualizing Criminality, Noncompliance, and Resistance,” from Cheating Welfare (2011)
  2. Gary T. Marx, “A Tack in the Shoe and Taking Off the Shoe: Neutralization and Counter-neutralization Dynamics,” Surveillance & Society (2009)

Monday, March 11, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

On the Weight of Breath

Kimberly Bain, Doctoral Candidate, Department of English, Princeton University

Recommended Readings:

  1. Caroline Levine, “Introduction,” from Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network,” Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015.
  2. They Won’t Go When I Go,” S1 EP6 from Random Acts of Flyness (HBO)

For copies of recommended readings, please reach out to aadhum@umd.edu.

Monday, March 25, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Apathy of Apartheid: Using VR to Explore Liberation Struggles in South Africa, Namibia and Palestine

Imani M. Cheers, Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University

Recommended Readings:

  1. Michelle Alexander, “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine,” The New York Times, January 15, 2019.
  2. Noura Erakat, “Marc Lamont Hill and the Legacy of Punishing Black Internationalists,” Washington Post, December 5, 2018.
  3. Gabo Arora and Ari Palitz, My Mother’s Wing (2016)
  4. BBC, Hebron: 2 Streets, 2 Sides (2019)

Thursday, March 28, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Stanley Maxson, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, University of Maryland

Recommended Readings TBA.

Monday, April 8, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Musical Theatre of Black Women

Jordan Ealey, Master’s Student, Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies

Recommended Readings:

  1. Lisa M. Anderson, “A Black Feminist Theatre Emerges,” from Black Feminism in Contemporary Drama. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008.
  2. Sasha Constanza-Chock, “Design Justice: Towards an Intersectional Feminist Framework for Design Theory and Practice,” Proceedings of the Design Research Society 2018.

For copies of recommended readings, please reach out to aadhum@umd.edu.