keynote conversation – recovering Aponte’s Book

Ada Ferrer, Linda Rodriguez, and Edouard Duval-Carrié

Presenters Ada Ferrer, Linda Rodriguez, and Edouard Duval-Carrié take us through the origins, development, and possible futures of the Digital Aponte Project, tracing both the big picture and the particular challenges and excitement of their collaboration. Their discussion will reveal the trajectory via which a lost analog object created by a Caribbean revolutionary has been resurrected by Caribbeanist scholars in an interactive digital platform, only to be transformed into a new analog artifact by a Caribbean artist, thus demonstrating the very kind of “magic” digital humanities work can produce. Kaiama L. Glover will moderate this conversation.

 

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Édouard Duval-Carrié, artist and curator, is the Artistic Director of the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance and, in its ninth year, the Borderless Caribbean Art Series. Duval-Carrié also curated the exhibition, From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography, at NSU Fort Lauderdale.

Ada Ferrer is Julius Silver Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. She is the author of Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution and Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution, which won the Atlantic World, African Diaspora, and Latin American book prizes from the American Historical Association, the Frederick Douglass Book Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale, and the Haiti Illumination Prize from the Haitian Studies Association. She is currently at work on a book tentatively titled Cuba: An American History, to be published by Scribner, co-curating the exhibit “Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom,” and with Linda Rodríguez, developing the digital humanities website Digital Aponte.

Linda Rodriguez is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. She is an art historian who focuses on colonial Cuba. In 2015, she co-organized the international symposium, José Antonio Aponte and His World: Writing, Painting, and Making Freedom in the African Diaspora at New York University. Currently, she is lead scholar for the digital humanities website Digital Aponte.