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Black Studies and Digital Humanities Will Be Focus of Panel Discussion

So-called “digital humanities” have become a major focus of scholarly research these days. The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia will host two visiting speakers who will discuss what race and black studies bring to digital humanities during a session to be held Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. in Bryan Hall, room 229.

The event is free and open to the public.

The panelists are Anna Everett, professor of film and media studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, and Jessica Marie Johnson, assistant professor of history and digital humanities at Michigan State University.

Everett’s books include “Digital Diaspora: The Race for Cyberspace,” and she has published articles such as “The Revolution Will Be Digitized: Afrocentricity and the Digital Public Sphere.”

Johnson founded the blog African Diaspora, Ph.D. to create an online space to discuss and share books, articles, reviews and news relevant to the field. African Diaspora, Ph.D. is a digital humanities resource highlighting research, teaching, scholarship and scholars in the field of Atlantic African Diaspora history. Johnson was a post-doctoral fellow last year at Pennsylvania State University’s Africana Research Center and Richards Civil War Era Center.

Tamika Richeson, a U.Va. doctoral student in history in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, will lead the discussion and offer brief comments. She is a doctoral fellow in digital humanities at the University Library’s Scholars’ Lab.

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