Over the course of this afternoon of multiform panel presentations, we engaged 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 considered the affordances and limitations of the digital with respect to their particular methodologies – notably, representing the past, historicizing space, and telling stories. Discussions picked up themes addressed in our 2014 inaugural event as well as anticipated the launch of sx archipelagos, a peer-reviewed Small Axe Project publishing platform dedicated to scholarship of and emerging from the Caribbean – set to go live in 2016. View a recording of sessions 1 and 2 here.
The transformation of the academy by the digital revolution presents challenges to customary ways of learning, teaching, conducting research, and presenting findings. It also offers great opportunities in each of these areas. New media enable oration, graphics, objects, and even
The conference is open to the public. FRIDAY, 4 DECEMBER Maison Francaise – Columbia University 1PM Welcome Kaiama L. Glover, Barnard College 1:15PM Opening Remarks David Scott, Columbia University 1:30-3:00PM Panel I – Histories Vincent Brown, Harvard University – Two
The first Caribbean Digital event took place 4-5 December 2014 at Barnard College and Columbia University. The conference was preceded by a one-day researchathon dedicated to the construction of a comprehensive bibliography of and on the work of Kamau Brathwaite. More information
Kaiama L. Glover (Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies, Barnard College/Columbia University) specializes in francophone postcolonial literature with a particular focus on the Caribbean. She is the author of Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon (Liverpool UP, 2010), a study of