Race and the Digital Humanities: A Crowdsourced Project List

So the other day I asked my Facebook friends the question: "When you think of 'race' and the digital humanities, what are you favorite projects that spring to mind?" and was presented with the following helpful responses.


  1. well of course I LOVE Kim Gallon and Jessica Marie Johnson projects. I loved Tamika Richardon's project that she shared at the AHA. I just reviewed Goin North Janneken's project with Charles Hardy and I love it. This project is fascinating  http://scalar.usc.edu/works/race-and-migration-in-the-united-states-/digital-exhibit , I'm totally rattling these off the top of my head here and I know I'm forgetting alls sorts of stuff I love a lot, but I'm helping a student write her conference presentation now so I will leave at that.
  2. Everything Profess Moravec said, of course. Have been getting involved with #BarrioEdPHL #BarrioEdProj: barrioedproj.org/
  3. Moya Bailey, Maria Cotera, Anna Everett, Lisa Nakamura of course... I recently finished a piece on DH and gender that talked a lot about women of color's digital histories and can share if you would like!
  4. Well this is my project, but the African American AIDS History Project afamaidshist.org -- an Omeka archive of African American communities' responses to HIV/AIDS.
  5. Micha Bailadora new game....
  6. Thanks Tara! Here's the link:  http://micharoja.itch.io/redshift-and-portalmetal  also, I think of the work of Elizabeth Lapensee, Mattie Brice, Alexandrina Agloro in decolonizing games. And Roopika Risam in decolonizing the digital!
  7. My adds (some might have been mentioned): #Transformdh, The LatiNegr@s Project: Being AfroLatino, Blogs like mine ( African Diaspora, Ph.D.) but also African American Intellectual History Society. Kai Green's Queer in the City project which is doing awesome teaching with Instagram. The NOLA Course Archive which I host but which students run. Alecia Brown and Josh Crutchfield started #BlkTwitterstorians. There's the #FergusonSyllabus and Ahmad Greene and what he did (@Janisha Gabriel in cahoots) with #FergusonFridays. Wash U has a Ferguson archive they are building and there are other related projects. Me and Vanessa Holden doing the Queering Slavery Working Group on Tumblr which remixes images from slavery's archive. Slavery related projects like the Slave Trade database (slaveryvoyages dot org) and the UVA slaveryimages dot org database. Mark Anthony Neal and the NewBlackMan (In Exile) project along with Left of Black. Hmmm.......
  8. Shanté Paradigm Smalls does a LOT of teaching on Tumblr (you'd have to ask her for a list of her projects). Moya Bailey has been mentioned. I always add Alexis Pauline Gumbs to the list because of the many projects she and Julia Sangodare Roxanne Wallace have--from queer elders to film projects to decolonizing the academy. There was the symposium at U Toronto on digital African diaspora. There's the project Laurent DuBois is doing on Black Atlantic and there's a Digital Black Atlantic consortium which either Laurent or Vincent Brown may know more about. Also--Vincent Brown's work, Alex Weheliye, Marisa Parham, Schuyler Esprit, Kevin Brown (several of us will be on a panel at ASA)
  9. There's Simone Browne. Several folks who presented at the Humanities Center in Ann Arbor last year (I need to remember the program). If we are thinking in terms of digital feminisms there is the This Tweet Called My Back Tumblr with Sydette Harry and more. There's the Africa Past and Present Podcast series. There's projects/blogs like Black Gotham project, the Virtual Harlem project, Africa in Words.
  10. There's Octavia Butler Legacy Network which just published Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements (preorder it!).
  11. I know I'm missing many, many folks. Please charge the head not the heart. And there's also the question of where the humanities starts and ends in your query. Is this digital humanities a la academia and run by academics or more expansive? Example: Slavery & Abolition publishes an annual supplement of books, articles, dissertations and such on slavery in the broadest sense -- from antiquity to present. The supplement is practically a book at this point. Is this what you're thinking for #dh x race?
  12. This is a great question Jessica Marie Johnson. I'm making notes of the projects I didn't know about, but it's a really awesome question. Does "DH" only exist in academia? It shouldn't, I think.
  13. (Adding Renina Jarmon and the work she does around black women and film, hip hop, feminism media. Author of Black Girls are From the Future. Also adding Regina N. Bradley who does MANY things but maybe is most known for work with the Sound Studies Blog and the Outkast podcast series)
  14. medievalpoc, mappingpoliceviolence, thistweetcalledmyback are not academic projects. Also, probably SaveWiyabi Project.
  15. Hi Dorothy Kim (and *hi to everyone*): Many of the projects I listed above aren't academic projects if we define them as sponsored by a college/university or run by those who define themselves as academics. Many are also very critical of the academy and academics. Many are ALSO run and continue to be run by people in graduate programs or affiliated with unis/colleges/centers in some way. I'd let them define themselves on how they stand and I think this is why the question of what we mean by digi humanities and where it is centered and WHO is centered becomes important.
  16. Samip Mallick's South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)!
  17. There are also projects I didn't mention because they have specifically asked to remain off the radar of academia due to exploitation, abuse, etc. I'm hoping I didn't add any of those above but if you're reading, let me know and I'll make an edit. (Another reason why defining what we mean by humanities or academia is a thing). Thanks y'all! :)
  18. Jessica Marie Johnson, and what a great ethical/theoretical/material connection you reminded us of: DH should not only exist within the academy. Indeed many of the projects you listed as well as the ones Dorothy Kim listed are not supported by an institution, but are more core "DH" than a lot of other projects I know of!
  19. Hi Jessica! Several of the projects I listed deliberately discuss how they are not funded by institutions and often include crowd-funded donations and/or are part of community efforts w/ volunteer labor.
  20. Margaret Rhee does amazing work here, too, both in an academic and artistic context, and has several projects out/forthcoming!!
  21. It's probably difficult to access now b/c of google maps hell, but hypercities HIFI project hypercities.com/#/hi-fi