Title: Esther L. Stallmann Lecture: David Kim (U. Delaware)
Speaker: David J Kim
Location: UTA 5.522 (1616 Guadalupe St., 5th Floor)
“Evidences of Our Advancement:” Documenting the 19th-Century Black Activism Beyond the Abolitionist Movement
Throughout the nineteenth century, free and fugitive blacks across the US organized more than 150 state and national Colored Conventions. Less prominent than the contemporaneous abolitionist movement,, the Colored Conventions movement represents a complex network of black political and religious leaders, intellectuals and entrepreneurs dedicated to the cause of racial justice in education, labor, citizenship and international human rights. This presentation discusses the Colored Conventions Project (P. Gabrielle Foreman, faculty director) and its various digital and collaborative layers of archives building. Reflecting on its initial stages, as well as looking forward to the next phase of development, it will discuss the challenges of "modeling," as a digital humanities' methodological framing, both the interpretative and the community-building possibilities of this archive: from the discovery of documents to the design of the forthcoming database.
David J. Kim is a visiting assistant professor in English and the project manager of the Colored Conventions Project at University of Delaware. He has developed numerous digital projects on the archives of minoritarian cultural production in the US. His research explores the historical connections between the current data discourse and the 19th-century ethnography and technology.
1:15pm to 2:30pm