African Diaspora 2.0 Workshop 2014

The Harriet Tubman Institute and the Concordia’s Centre for Oral History & Digital Storytelling present: “African Diaspora 2.0: Oral Sources and Digital Humanities.”  This workshop will connect 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.

Please register online if you would like to attend the workshop.

The Etherpad for this workshop is at: 

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 [Schulich Private Dining Room]

— Opening remarks—Dr. Michele A. Johnson, Director of the Harriet Tubman Institute
— Dr. Thabit A. J. Abdullah, Associate Dean, External Relations, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Reception sponsored by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Saturday, September 27, 2014

9:00 – 9:30 Coffee and Refreshments [York Lanes 305]

9:30 – 10:15 Keynote  [York Lanes 305]
Steven High, Co-Director the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University, “Going Beyond the ‘Juicy Quotes Syndrome’: Living Archives and Reciprocal Research in Oral History”

10:30 – 12:00 ‘Africa’ and the Digital Turn—Possibilities, Pitfalls and Pragmatics [York Lanes 305]

— Roopika Risam, Salem State College, “The Race for Digitality: Connectivity as Diasporic Identity

— Diane Lee, Harriet Tubman Institute, “Digital Initiatives 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 [York Lanes 305]

— Claire Payton, New York University and Duke University, “The Haiti Memory Project and Oral History in the Digital Age?

— Mary Leigh Morbey, Maureen Senoga, Mary Pat O’Meara, and Michelle Sengara, 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, Ryerson University, Discussant

2:30 – 2:45 Coffee and Refreshments

2:45 – 5:00 Workshop: Interview Databases and Transcription Techniques [ACW 203]

— 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 – 10:15 Coffee and Refreshments

10:15 – 12:30 Workshop: Mapping Voices—Sights and Sounds of Oral Testimonies 

10:15 – 10:45  Seth Kotch, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Software Demonstration: “Mapping People Making Movements: Real People, Digital Spaces, and Oral Narratives” [York Lanes 305]

10:45 – 11:15 Paul Lovejoy, York University, “SHADD Biography Project: Testimonies of West Africans from the Era of the Slave Trade”  [York Lanes 305]

11:30 – 12:30 Phil Lichti, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University, Hands-on Lab: “Presenting Oral Histories Through Audio Walks” [ACW 203]

12:30 – 12:45 Closing Remarks

12:45 – 1:30 Lunch

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