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FLDH 2023 Webinar Series: June Webinars

Please join the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH) in June for the next three webinars, part of its 2023 Webinar Series: Latin America and Caribbean Edition. More information below:

Using Social Media to Explore Haitian History – Rendering Revolution

Friday, June 16, 2 p.m EDT

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Dr. Siobhan Meï, Lecturer, University of Massachusetts Amherst & Dr. Jonathan Square, Assistant Professor, The New School

“Rendering Revolution: Sartorial Approaches to Haitian History” is a queer, bilingual, feminist experiment in digital interdisciplinary scholarship that uses the lens of fashion and material culture to trace the aesthetic, social, and political reverberations of the Haitian Revolution as a world-historical moment. 

Launched in 2020, Rendering Revolution focuses on stories of self-fashioning that rarely receive attention in colonial archives and explores the many ways in which modern identities (and concepts such as human rights) were formed in relation to the legacy of slavery in the Americas. The materials produced, curated, and translated for this project focus on the activities of occluded figures in history, including women and members of the LGBTQI+ community. Drawing on black feminist thought and transnational queer methodologies, Rendering Revolution generates a transhistorical, undisciplined digital archive that illustrates the importance of material culture in constructing diverse (and often competing) visions of freedom in the Atlantic world.

In this webinar, project founders Dr. Siobhan Meï and Dr. Jonathan Square will offer a brief overview of the project and will then focus on our approaches for publishing public-facing short-form content on proprietary social media platforms. While platforms such as Facebook and Instagram have allowed us to engage with a wide and diverse audience, there are also many concerns that arise when using a privately owned tool to curate a digital archive that explicitly addresses colonialism and its afterlives.

United Fronteras: A Transborder Digital and Public Repository

Friday, June 23, 2 p.m EDT

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Dr. Sylvia Fernández, Assistant Professor of Public and Digital Humanities, University of Texas at San Antonio & Dr. Laura Gonzales, Assistant Professor of Digital Writing and Cultural Rhetorics, University of Florida

In 2019, the project United Fronteras began with the intention of countering the official or hegemonic representation of the Mexico-United States border in the digital cultural record and to inspire the questioning and critical development of materials or projects that utilize digital technologies to represent the border from various perspectives. In this webinar I will touch on the process of how UF creates a digital registry through a transborder model of work between academics from various humanities disciplines and members of the community outside of academia to make use of de-postcolonial digital humanities and minimal computing practices and methodologies to generate a third digital space that demonstrates the multiplicity of (hi)stories from the border and to document the public memory of the materials and projects in this region. The use of minimal computing in this project is a fundamental part of this independent and autonomous projects dedicated to resist the structures of power and physical and digital vigilance in border regions because of its ability to provide autonomy, independence, accessibility, functionality, security, neutrality and material stability across borders.

Developing a Multilingual Repository of Open/(ish) Access Materials: A Case Study of the Haitian Studies Association’s Digital Initiatives

Friday, June 30, 2 p.m EDT

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Dr. Natália Marques da Silva, Digital fellow, Haitian Studies Association and Director of the Hand Art Center, Stetson University; Dr. Darlène Elizabeth Dubuisson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh; Dr. Laura Wagner, Independent scholar/Haitian Creole Team Lead, Respond Crisis Translation; & Dr. Petrouchka Moise, Assistant Professor / Cultural & Community-Based Digital Curator, Grinnell College Burling Library.

As part of its Decolonize Haitian Studies efforts, the Haitian Studies Association (HSA) is improving public access to Haiti-related materials. Economic and linguistic barriers in academic publishing, along with inequities of representation and authorship have had adverse effects on Haiti-based scholars and students as well as non-affiliated scholars in other locations. Despite leading knowledge production related to Haiti, such individuals have less access to resources and materials than peers associated with large North American or European universities (where facilitating high cost memberships to research databases is common). This duality is deeply concerning and requires ongoing attention, including by organizations like the HSA.

In this presentation, we outline an HSA initiative to aggregate and index Haiti-related publications, resources, and syllabi on a self-hosted repository. The goal of this repository is to support students, emerging scholars and the public with multilingual resources, like syllabi and Open/Open(ish) Access publications. We believe that the creation and dissemination of such repositories is crucial to decolonizing scholarship, particularly in relation to Digital Humanities. The presentation will address successes and challenges we’ve encountered during this project and initiate a group discussion on creatively addressing unethical barriers to knowledge.

CIFNAL Speaker Series April 15

Join us on April 15 (12pm EDT) for Nathan H. Dize’s presentation: “Translating Haiti in the Archives of Predominantly White Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” Register here.

Translating Haiti in the Archives of Predominantly White Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities 

Where is Haiti located in institutional archives of US universities? How is the Caribbean nation translated, or made legible to researchers and visitors of these archives? How is Haiti translated in the archives of Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) versus Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)? And how might these translations help us create more durable, accessible, and open collections in the future?

Nathan H. Dize will talk about his experience working, researching, and volunteering at numerous colleges and universities in the United States, including: Fisk University, Morgan State University, West Virginia State University, the University of Florida, the University of Maryland in College Park, Vanderbilt University, and Oberlin College.

Nathan H. Dize is Visiting Assistant Professor of French at Oberlin College. His work is situated at the crossroads of literary and intellectual history, cultural studies, translation studies, and the digital humanities. Nathan is particularly interested in how literature enables Haitians to practice intimate and collective rites of mourning across generations and beyond national borders. He is the translator of three Haitian novels: The Immortals by Makenzy Orcel (SUNY Press, 2020), I Am Alive by Kettly Mars (UVA Press, 2022), and Antoine des Gommiers by Lyonel Trouillot (Schaffner Press, 2023). Nathan has written for publications such as archipelagos, Caribbean Quarterly, Francosphères, the Journal of Haitian Studies, sx salon, and Transition; he also serves on the editorial board of the online magazine, ReadinginTranslation.com.

You can find recordings from the previous presentations on the CIFNAL Speaker Series’ page.

CIFNAL Speaker Series March 4

Please join us this Friday for the third talk of the CIFNAL Spring Speaker Series by Darlene Hull (Libros de Barlovento): Plein de Défis : a Book Vendor’s Experience Acquiring Library Materials from Haiti

March 4, 2-3pm EST

Registration Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoc-GvpzstGNyC62otaAvYbVnb3ogf1nSj

Darlene Hull completed her BA in Spanish at Bard College in 1979 after two years of study in Mexico and earned her Master’s Degree in Information and Library Science from the University of Kentucky in 1982. She served as Curator of Hispanic History & Culture Collections in Special Collections and as Latin American & Caribbean Specialist librarian at the University of Connecticut from 1982-2005. Darlene joined the Caribbean book distribution company, Libros de Barlovento, as co-owner in 2005. From 2009-2012 she was also a U.S. Distributor for vLex, a Barcelona-based full-text foreign and international legal database. She has been an active member of the organization SALALM since 1984 and served as the association’s President in the year 2002/2003.

Talk Description: A book vendor shares 10 years of experience collecting Haitian materials for academic and research libraries including information on publishing trends and output, relationship to the publishing industry in France and Canada, acquiring Creole as well as French language materials, the annual Livre en Folie, the nitty gritty of travel, acquisitions, and shipment prep in Haiti, challenges of acquiring Haitian materials remotely and overall high cost of doing business in Haiti.

CIFNAL Speaker Series February 25

Please join us on February 25 for the second talk of the CIFNAL Spring Speaker Series by M. Stephanie Chancy: Preserving Cultural and Historical Patrimony: dLOC Partnerships and Collaborations in Haiti

February 25, 2-3pm EST

Registration Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkd-qgqzkrE9UEMOcVUa0CvaXlO6SDW7iC


M. Stephanie Chancy is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the History Department at Florida International University. She holds a Ph.D. in History from FIU, and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts from the University of Miami. Her research focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European Atlantic material culture. Her work incorporates elements of Caribbean History, European History and U.S. History, as well as material pieces such as paintings, sculptures and photographs. She served as the Green Family Foundation Graduate Fellow at the Digital Library of the Caribbean, taught several undergraduate courses in Art History, and prior to her academic career, was an administrator for two non-profit performing arts organizations. 

Talk Description 

Preserving Cultural and Historical Patrimony: dLOC Partnerships and Collaborations in Haiti 

The talk introduces the Digital Library of the Caribbean and discusses its mission. It specifically addresses dLOC’s work in Haiti and with its Haitian partners. It highlights the focus on both cultural and historical preservation as well as dLOC’s commitment to making that information available to scholars, teachers and students whose research focuses on Haiti.

Save the dates: CIFNAL Speaker Series (Virtual), Spring 2022

CIFNAL is proud to announce its first virtual Speaker Series to debut this Spring.

Clovis Gladstone: Computational Approaches to Textual Scholarship: the ARTFL Project’s French Digital Collections

February 4, 12-1pm EST

Registration Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYodeugrTojHNeIssD-daPSy57tRvumwTgn

M. Stephanie Chancy: Preserving Cultural and Historical Patrimony: dLOC Partnerships and Collaborations in Haiti

February 25, 2-3pm EST

Registration Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkd-qgqzkrE9UEMOcVUa0CvaXlO6SDW7iC

Darlene Hull (Libros de Barlovento): Plein de Défis : a Book Vendor’s Experience Acquiring Library Materials from Haiti

March 4, 2-3pm EST

Registration Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoc-GvpzstGNyC62otaAvYbVnb3ogf1nSj

Jérémie Roche (CAIRN), Julie Therizols (OpenEdition), and Emilie Chouinard (Erudit): The Future of Electronic Publishing in France and Francophone Canada

March 28, 12-1pm EST

Registration Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYuf-mqqzwtHdUfUVU_jqFfc9IdeE-c07Qh

Nathan H. Dize: Translating Haiti in the Archives of Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

April 15, 12-1pm EST

Registration Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwldO-hrjIpHNNzGVGgE-bG-90v0WCVIvjw

Quinn Dombrowski: Corpus Hebdo: Building Infrastructure for Multilingual Digital Humanities

May 20, 12-1pm EST

Registration Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsfuuopzIuH9bz_pyH4Vp9Nj4c5fsj19ga

Charlotte Denoël: French medieval manuscripts at the BnF: current research programs and future perspectives

June 10, 12-1pm EST

Registration Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrcOCpqTkqGtyZGvwVCpRkJY4Us88EWBxL

More information about each talk will be available soon.