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Black x Digital Panels at ASALH 2012: Fire!!! and eBlackStudies

The 97th Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Convention
(September 26 – 30, 2012) is just around the bend.  ASALH (or ‘The Association’) is the premier organization for anyone (academics, independent scholars, graduate students, undergraduates, high school students) interested in the serious study of African-American history.  This year’s theme is “Black Women in American Culture and History.”

This year, two digital humanities panels might be of interest:


Are You On Fire?: A Hands-On Workshop For Preparing Submissions To Fire!!! The Multimedia Journal in Black Studies. 


In February 2012, the inaugural issue of FIRE!!! The Multimedia Journal in Black Studies was launched through JSTOR. The new journal is published by The Association for the Study of African American Life and History to “promote scholarship that gives direction to Black Studies, but sees its unique contribution as providing a publication venue for scholars who utilize multimedia evidence to advance their theories and interpretations.” This workshop will feature presentations by the co-editors on the history of Fire!!! and lessons from its first year of development. Most significantly, the panel will include presentations by members of the editorial board and authors of articles for the first issues with emphasis on developing and preparing articles for submission, and exploring topics in African American Studies which might lend themselves to articles and future special issues of this important journal.


Roundtable Workshop on eBlack Studies


For several years, attention has been drawn to what has been called “the digital divide”: the unequal access to advanced information and communication technologies faced by Africans Americans and other people of color, working people with modest economic means, residents in inner-city and rural communities, and other segments of the U.S. population. Since 2005, a group of scholars in African American Studies have rallied to address these issues. This workshop will continue the annual conversations which have taken place at the annual conferences of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History and the National Council for Black Studies. Included will be reports on several new and on-going developments.

For more visit the organization’s website.  If I missed your panel or paper as I skimmed the program, leave the details in the comments.  I’ll be sure to add them here.

And if you are attending, let me know: @jmjohnsophd or on Facebook.  I’d love to meet you.