Session 2 – Cartographies

Kaiama L. Glover and Alex Gil – in conversation with Ian Baucom – will present their nascent digital mapping project In the Same Boats: Toward an Afro-Atlantic Intellectual Cartography. The project aims to develop an easily accessible, visually impactful, and intellectually generative resource for twenty-first century humanities research concerning seminal Afro-diasporic figures across space and over time. In the Same Boats will chart the extent to which Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latino, and Afro-American intellectuals have had opportunities to be in both punctual and sustained conversation with one another: attending the same conferences, publishing in the same journals and presses, active in the same political groups, perhaps even elbow-to-elbow in the same Parisian cafés and on the same transatlantic crossings – literally and metaphorically in the same boats – as they circulate throughout the diverse spaces of the Americas, Africa, and Europe.


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 canon formation in the French-speaking Caribbean. Her current project addresses womanhood and the ethics of self-care in Caribbean prose fiction. Kaiama is co-editor of Translating the Caribbean, an ongoing series of critical essays on translation in the Americas published in Small Axe; co-editor of Revisiting Marie Vieux Chauvet: Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Feminine, forthcoming as a special issue of Yale French Studies; and co-editor of The Haiti Exception: Anthropology and the Predicaments of Narrative, forthcoming with Liverpool UP. She is also the co-founder and co-coordinator of the Transnational and Transcolonial Caribbean Studies Research Group.

Alex Gil (Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Humanities and History Division, Columbia University Libraries, and Affiliate Faculty in the English and Comparative Literature Department, Columbia University) specializes in twentieth-century Caribbean literature and Digital Humanities, with an emphasis on textual studies. He has published in journals in Canada, France and the United States, while sustaining an open and robust online research presence. In 2010-2012 he was a fellow at the Scholars’ Lab and NINES at the University of Virginia. He now serves as chair of the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities initiative and is actively engaged in several digital humanities projects in New York City and around the world. He is also the organizer of the THATCamp Caribe series, an unconference series focusing on the digital humanities and held in the Caribbean.

Ian Baucom works on twentieth century British Literature and Culture, postcolonial and cultural studies, and African and Black Atlantic literatures. He is the author of Out of Place: Englishness, Empire and the Locations of Identity (1999, Princeton University Press), Specters of the Atlantic: Finance Capital, Slavery, and the Philosophy of History (2005, Duke University Press), and co-editor of Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain (2005, Duke University Press). He has edited special issues of the South Atlantic Quarterly on Atlantic Studies and Romanticism, and is currently working on a new book project tentatively entitled History 4˚C: Search for a Method. He served for seventeen years in Duke University’s Department of English as a professor and director of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. He has served since 2014 as the Buckner W. Clay Dean at the University of Virginia’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.