The Caribbean Digital III

The Caribbean Digital III
2 December 2016
Maison Française | Columbia University

Additional pre-conference workshop on Thursday, 1 December, 4-6PM at the Studio@Butler for an information session and workshop devoted to multimedia mapping project In the Same Boats: Toward an Intellectual Cartography of the Afro-Atlantic.


Over the course of this day of multiform panel presentations, participants will engage critically with the digital as praxis, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities presented by the media technologies that evermore intensely reconfigure the social, historical, and geo-political contours of the Caribbean and its diasporas. Presenters will consider the affordances and limitations of the digital with respect to a wide range of disciplines and methodologies. Discussions will pick up themes addressed in the 2014 inaugural event and focused conversations at last year’s colloquium.

Please take the time to explore the website. For each of the conference panels, discussants have proposed differing “ways in” to their respective sessions – some engage pointedly the specifics of panelists’ interventions, while others evoke broader questions about the Caribbean (and the) digital. These discussion questions are included below the panel abstracts (linked below).


Maison Française | Columbia University

9AM  Welcome
Kelly Baker Josephs (Williams College)

9:10AM Opening Remarks
David Scott (Columbia University)

9:30-11:00AM         Digital Diasporic Religion

Amalia S. Levi (Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum) — “Dispersion and the Digital: A Report on Ongoing Archival Work at the Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum in Barbados”

Stephanie Jackson (Graduate Center, City University of New York) — “Digital Diaspora and the ‘Divine Mother’: The Emancipatory Politics of Social Media for Indo-Caribbean Ecstatic Religion”

Samina Gul Ali (University of Miami) — “Transgressive Islamic ‘Brownness’: Disruptive Racial and Cultural Formations Within Feminist Muslim Latina and South Asian Communities”

Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken (City College, CUNY) — Discussant

11:00-11:15AM Break

11:15AM-12:30PM         Mapping Caribbean Concepts

Angel ‘Monxo’ López Santiago (Hunter College) — “Working the Digital Spatial Humanities Among Crumbling Archives”

Marta Gierczyk (University of Miami) — “Creole City, Creole Citizenship: Mapping Kingston in Kerry Young’s Pao”

Kaiama L. Glover (Barnard College), Alex Gil (Columbia University Libraries), Alyssa Vann (Stanford University) — “In The Same Boats: Toward an Afro-Atlantic Intellectual Cartography :: Beta Scope”

Roopika Risam (Salem State University) — Discussant

12:30-1:30PM Lunch

1:45-3:00PM         Tales from the Archive

Marlene L. Daut (University of Virginia) — “Haiti at the Digital Crossroads: Archiving Black Sovereignty Together”

Schuyler Esprit (Dominica State College) — “Innovating research and heritage on small islands: Dominica’s model for Preservation and Education”

Keja Valens (Salem State University) — “Abundance And Scarcity: Cuban Food Writing In Digital Archives, 1857-2016”

Jessica Marie Johnson (John Hopkins University) — Discussant

3:00-3:15PM Break

3:15-4:30PM         Multimedia Melting Pots

Lamia Zaibi (University of Manouba, Tunisia) – “Transcending boundaries: Kwame Dawes’s Digital Collaborations”

Terri Francis (Indiana University) — “Double Exposures: Eyeballing, Framing the Archives, & Thomas Edison’s Caribbean Films”

Grace Aneiza Ali (New York University) — “Un|Fixed Homeland”

Tzarina T. Prater (Bentley University) — Discussant

4:30-4:45PM Break

4:45-6:00PM         Caribbean Digital Praxis

Laurie N. Taylor (Digital Library of the Caribbean) — “Let’s Look to the Stars Together: Collaboratively Developing Constellations of Communities of Practice for Caribbean Studies Digital Scholarship”

Abby R. Broughton (Vanderbilt University), Kelsey Corlett-Rivera (University of Maryland), Nathan H. Dize (Vanderbilt University) — “(De)constructing Boundaries through the Digital Humanities: Collaborative Pedagogy and A Colony in Crisis”

Laura Wagner (Duke University) — “Nou toujou la!: The Digital (After)Life of the Radio Haiti Archive”

Laurent Dubois (Duke University) — Discussant

6:00-7:30PM       Closing Reception: Framing Caribbean Digital Art

Tamika Galanis (Visual Artist) — “The Human-Coral Hybrids: Embodying Past, Present, and Future”

Kearra Amaya Gopee (Visual Artist) — “Coup”

Yasmine Espert (Columbia University) — Presenter