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AADHum — the African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities initiative at the University of Maryland— is an organization focused on critical, theoretical, and material explorations of Black digital experience.

We believe that digital tools offer ripe and rich sites for critique and discovery, and we are committed to making sure that the complex bonds between Black diasporic life and digital expression hold us in ethical, sustaining, and empowering ways.

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The AADHum team hails from a range of humanities disciplines. We each bring a unique perspective to our collective exploration of the interpretive, community-building, and presentational possibilities of #BlackDH and other kinds of experimental scholarly publishing. To learn more about us and our perspective on doing #BlackDH, check out this profile of our team, recently published by the Association for Computing in the Humanities (ACH). You can also read our individual bios here.
In December 2020, AADHum presented Black as X: Platforming Experimental Scholarship, our first Scholars Symposium for the 2019-2020 cohort. In a series of conversations with noted Black Studies scholars, each AADHum scholar offered project demonstrations, discussed their project process, and speculated about future project iterations.

Learn more about each AADHum Scholar's project, watch recordings, and more here!

 
In collaboration with Electric Marronage, AADHum director Marisa Parham and assistant director Aleia Brown presented a series of interactive workshops that introduced audiences to new tools for creating and deepening digital projects.

In October, Dr. Parham and AADHum teamed with irLhumanities to lead a pair of introductory workshops on interactive writing software.  In December, Dr. Aleia Brown and the AADHum team facilitated “bl(x)k rhizomes: fugitive planning & black museum study,” which introduced participants to creating animated collage in HTML5.  Dr. Brown also took part in a public talk entitled “Insurgency: Libraries and Archives Against Enclosure,” with MICA librarian Jennifer A. Ferretti and Bilphena Yahwon of Press Press.
 
In "Pour One Out For 2020's Wildest Subplots, Twists & Heroes," a recent article in Bustle, poet and essayist Shayla Lawson spins a recap of 2020 through the lens of Erykah Badu’s desire to meet interstellar travelers.

#Same. 

In 2021, we are focused on manifesting the new,  cultivating the exciting, and solidifying our commitment to seeking what we intellectually desire. Join us!


February 22nd and 23rd ⇢ join us for part two of the Black as X: Platforming Experimental Humanities afternoon symposium series!

Monday, February 22 at 1pm
Catch AADHum scholars Dr. La Marr Jurelle Bruce (UMD) and Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson (Johns Hopkins), working with us to think about the place of Black digital studies and #BlackDH in our personal and institutional conceptualizations of Black Studies. This conversation will be moderated by Dr. Marcia Chatelain (Georgetown).

Tuesday, February 23 at 12:30pm
Join AADHum scholar Brienne Adams (UMD) in conversation with Elizabeth Alexander (Cornell), Rianna Walcott (Kings College London), and Christin Washington (UMD). They will discuss the challenges and opportunities of engaging #BlackDH projects as part of doctoral study, in a conversation moderated by former AADHum graduate scholar Dr. Kimberly Bain (Tufts).

Immediately following, we will also be joined by scholars from across the faculty spectrum, who will reflect on strategies for integrating digital approaches across their different institutional lifeworlds. This roundtable discussion will feature AADHum scholars Dr. Merle Collins (UMD) and Dr. Amaka Okechukwu (George Mason), and also Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities and Co-PI for Enslaved.org, Dr. Daryle Williams (UMD). This conversation will be moderated by Dr. Schuyler Esprit, founder and director of Create Caribbean, and Research Officer, School of Graduate Studies and Research, The University of the West Indies.

Learn more about the Black as X series here, and stay tuned to our events page for updates.

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AADHum — the African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities initiative at the University of Maryland— is an organization focused on critical, theoretical, and material explorations of Black digital experience. // We believe that digital tools offer ripe and rich sites for critique and discovery, and we are committed to making sure that the complex bonds between Black diasporic life and digital expression hold us in sustaining and empowering ways.

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