TALK: The Race for Digitality | Roopika Risam
Roopika Risam

TALK: The Race for Digitality | Roopika Risam

At African Diaspora 2.0, Roopika Risam of #DHPoco: Postcolonial Digital Humanities discussed the tension between digital humanities and African diaspora studies. An excerpt: “…In the race for digitality, we find ourselves struggling to understand the relationship between our deep investments in discourses like intersectional feminism or critical race theory and digital humanities. The burden of … Continue reading

Edward E. Baptist

Baptist on What Whites Refuse to Believe About Slavery | The Guardian

“In 1845, Frederick Douglass, a fugitive from slavery, joined dozens of white passengers on the British ship Cambria in New York harbor. Somewhere out on the Atlantic, the other passengers discovered that the African American activist in their midst had just published a sensational autobiography. They convinced the captain to host a sort of salon, … Continue reading

Baptist On “What the Economist Doesn’t Get About Slavery” in POLITICO Magazine
Edward E. Baptist

Baptist On “What the Economist Doesn’t Get About Slavery” in POLITICO Magazine

“We think of authors as people who lay themselves bare in their books, but perhaps reviewers of books reveal their innermost fears and beliefs as well. That can be true even when—as in the distinguished British periodical the Economist, founded in 1843—the reviewers hide behind anonymity. When Mr./Ms. Anonymous of the Economist reviewed my book … Continue reading

ESSAY: Salgado on Art in Schomburg’s Black Atlantic
César A. Salgado

ESSAY: Salgado on Art in Schomburg’s Black Atlantic

César A. Salgado | The Visual Arts in Arturo A. Schomburg’s Black Atlantic: “…Although there is no date on the prospectus, Schomburg’s book project on Negro Painters was part of the third and last phase in his career as a Harlem/Brooklyn intellectual, antiquarian, and race leader. This phase begins in 1926, after he sells his … Continue reading

Donald R. Shaffer

ESSAY: Shaffer on Emancipation and “What Mattered More?”

As 1862 drew to a close, as far as emancipation was concerned the nation’s attention was riveted on whether President Abraham Lincoln would finalize the Emancipation Proclamation. They had little to worry about on that score. In the last days of 1862, Lincoln and his cabinet were not debating whether the administration should go ahead … Continue reading

SPECIAL to #ADPhD: Rael on “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work”
Patrick Rael

SPECIAL to #ADPhD: Rael on “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work”

Lincoln’s Unfinished Work Patrick Rael (Bowdoin College) Special to African Diaspora, Ph.D. Amidst the widespread discussions of Steven Spielberg’s recent film Lincoln, few have sought to place the film within its own tradition of Civil War films. There’s nothing new, of course, about focusing a film on the character of Abraham Lincoln, though it has … Continue reading

FILM/ESSAYS: Chronicle “Conversation” on Spielberg’s <em>Lincoln</em>
Barbara Krauthamer / Harold Holzer / Kate Masur / Nina Silber / Thavolia Glymph

FILM/ESSAYS: Chronicle “Conversation” on Spielberg’s Lincoln

The Conversation Blog at the Chronicle of Higher Ed hosted a roundtable on Spielberg’s recent release Lincoln: As viewers flock to see Lincoln, and reviewers rave about Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance, historians are raising different issues: How accurate is the film’s portrayal of emancipation? What does it leave out? The Chronicle Review asked several scholars to … Continue reading

ESSAY: Hahn on the “Legacy Of Eugene Genovese”
Eugene D. Genovese / Steven Hahn

ESSAY: Hahn on the “Legacy Of Eugene Genovese”

“Yet no book of Genovese’s has had the impact of Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made (1974). A long, complex, almost Hegelian treatment of the master-slave relation – and of the dynamics of power that were embedded within it – Roll, Jordan, Roll is a study of intense struggle, unfolding over decades, that … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Rice x Caryl Phillips on African Atlantic Memory
Alan Rice / Anne Eichmann / Caryl Phillips / Charles Forsdick / Johanna C. Kardux / Lubaina Hamid / Marian Gwyn / Senam Okudzeto

INTERVIEW: Rice x Caryl Phillips on African Atlantic Memory

Alan Rice. “A Home for Ourselves in the World: Caryl Phillips on Slave Forts and Manillas as African Atlantic Sites of Memory.” Atlantic Studies 9, no. 3 (2012): 363–372. Abstract “This interview with the black Atlantic writer Caryl Phillips focuses on his non-fiction works and interrogates his ideas on the African diaspora and memorialisation, paying … Continue reading