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Intentionally Digital, Intentionally Black: African American History, Culture & Digital Humanities Conference


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Black Archives without Archivists, Black Curation without Curators: An Intra-Historical Conversation

This roundtable brings Black curators, archivists, and researchers together for a conversation about what digital and social media tools offer historians of African American life and history. The digital opens up space for "anyone" to be archivists or curators, but flattens experience and professional credentials. Does this help or harm practitioners of Black and Black diasporic history? What does social justice look like in this context, particularly those working directly with community organizations, community members, family members, as well as students? Are curators, archivists, and university-affiliated scholars speaking to each other and what do we need to learn from each other? Where do we need to check ourselves? The participants  on this roundtable, in collaboration with audience members, hope to generate a set of best practices for intra-historical engagement between community accountable scholars rooted in Black and Black Diasporic historical practice.  

Jarrett Drake
Doctoral Student
Harvard University

Lanae Spruce
Manager of Social Media and Digital Engagement
National Museum of African American History & Culture

Stacie Williams
Digital Learning and Scholarship Team Lead
Case Western Reserve University

Rayshauna Gray
Historical Researcher and Writer
Tufts University's History Department and Center for the Study of Race & Democracy
Harvard University’s History Design Studio (Hutchins Center for African and AfAm Research)