African Diaspora 2.0: Oral Sources and Digital Humanities

September 26, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – September 28, 2014 @ 1:30 pm
York University Harriet Tubman Institute
York Lanes
York University, North York, ON M3J 2S5
416-736-2100 ext 33058

"African Diaspora 2.0: Oral Sources and Digital Humanities" is a workshop will take place on September 26-28, 2014 at the Harriet Tubman Institute.

Co-hosted by Concordia University's Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling , the workshop connects scholars and community historians of Africana studies with digital specialists to discuss how to make past and present oral narratives of people within the African diaspora more accessible and visible through technology. In the spirit of this collaboration, we invite you to participate in lively discussions regarding the role of race, place and economy in the digital turn and to register for the hands-on software labs and demonstrations related to the mapping, collection, organization, and dissemination of oral testimonies.

African Diaspora 2.0:
Oral Sources and Digital Humanities

Workshop Program
September 26-28, 2014
Harriet Tubman Institute
York University
305 York Lanes

Friday, September 26,2014

6:00 – 8:00 Welcome Reception (Rm TBA)

  • Opening remarks—Dr. Michele A. Johnson, Director of the Harriet Tubman Institute
  • Professor Naomi Adelson, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Saturday, September 27, 2014

9:00 – 9:30 Coffee and Refreshments

9:30 – 12:00 ‘Africa’ and the Digital Turn—Possibilities, Pitfalls and Pragmatics

  • Roopika Risam, Salem State College, “The Race for Digitality: Connectivity as Diasporic Identity”
  • Diane Lee, Digital Librarian, Harriet Tubman Institute, “Digital Preservation and African Historical Documents at the Harriet Tubman Institute”
  • Alex Gil, Columbia University, “Do-it Yourself Oral History: Digital Platforms for the Work of Remediating Memory?”

Denise Challenger, York University, Discussant

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 Experiences in the Field—Testimonies and the Digital

  • Claire Payton, New York University and Duke University, “The Haiti Memory Project and Oral History in the Digital Age?”
  • Mary Leigh Morbey, York University, Faculty of Education, “Social Media Engages Oral Culture at Ugandan Heritage Sites”
  • Annie Bunting, York University, Harriet Tubman Institute, “Oral Histories of Enslavement for Marriage in Times of War”

Laurie Jacklin, Department of History, Ryerson University, Discussant

2:30 – 2:45 Coffee and Refreshments

2:45 – 5:00 Workshop: Interview Databases and Transcription Techniques

  • Sandra Gasana, Université à Quebec à Montréal
  • “From Stories Matter to Curating Testimony: The Rwandan Survivors Perspective”
  • Hands-on Lab: Stories Matter Software
  • Hands-on Lab: Curating Testimony Software

7:00 – 10:00 Conference Dinner

Sunday, September 28, 2014

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee and Refreshments

10:30 – 12:30 Workshop: “Mapping Voices—Sights and Sounds of Oral Testimonies”

  • Seth Kotch, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Software Demonstration: “Mapping People Making Movements: Real People, Digital Spaces, and Oral Narratives”
  • Phil Litchi, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University, Hands-on Lab: “Audio Walks” Mapping Software

12:30 – 12:45 Closing Remarks

12:45 – 1:30 Lunch

Questions and comments can be sent to Annie Bunting or Denise Challenger at