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Talks by Dorothy Kim and Edward Baptist highlight Digital Humanities @ Vandy last week

Posted by on Thursday, February 14, 2019 in Uncategorized.

Last week Vanderbilt the Digital Humanities Center welcomed Dorothy Kim (Brandeis University) and Edward E. Baptist (Cornell University) to present their research and digital humanities projects on campus.

On Wednesday, February 6, Edward E. Baptist spoke with Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff during over lunch about “Freedom on the Move,” a collaboratively produced database of “runaway ads” posted by enslavers and jailers to locate fugitives fleeing enslavement. The multi-institutional project involves scholars, librarians, and technologists from Cornell University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Alabama, the University of New Orleans, and the Ohio State University. Later that day, Baptist gave a presentation of the database at Fisk University. “Freedom on the Move” launched today, February 14.


On Friday February 8, Dorothy Kim gave a lunch talk entitled, “The Embodied Database: Race, Gender, and Social Justice.” In her talk, Kim discussed shifts in medieval studies and the origin myth of Busa, dove into Holocaust databases and Jewish/Christian relations, and also discussed South American khipus and antifascist DH methodological practices in relation to medieval studies and white supremacy.


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