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Codex Log: July 2013

 Decks of French Slave Ship Aurore, 1784

Major updates:

  • I launched the Codex on November 29, 2012 and quickly created five volumes: African Diaspora, PhD, Diaspora Hypertext, Seeing Dark Matter, Free Women of Color, and Oceans Between. I’ve streamlined to three: African Diaspora, Ph.D. (name now changed to #ADPhD), Diaspora Hypertext, and Seeing Dark Matter. Why? Over the course of the year, I realized I would not be able to generate enough new material to support the last two Tumblrs. The two Tumblrs also, in their own way, represent separate manuscript projects I’m committed to beyond the Tumblr-verse. I may come back to adding either or both to what I’ve taken to calling the triptych in my head. For now, I consider them appendices, bridges between analog research and writing I am preparing for publication and the digital research and blogging I prepare for the Codex itself.

Tweaks made here and there:

  • Folasade AdeosoMore attribution–
    • The summer 2013 background on my Twitter page is an image created by visualpanic on Flickr and found using Compfight. I’m using it in accordance with its cc Attribution 2.0 license:


[UPDATE: August 1, 2013 @ 3:10 pm]

Attribution I forgot to add. The summer 2013 Twitter avi is a detail from an image found at Slavery Images (, as compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. The image can be found here and appears below:


The image is from John Gabriel Stedman, Narrative, of a Five Years’ Expedition, against the revolted Negroes of Surinam . . . from the year 1772, to 1777 (London, 1796), vol. 2, facing p. 280. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University). The description (from the same website) reads:

“Caption, “Family of Negro Slaves from Loango”. The man is carrying a basket of small fish and a net on his head; his pregnant wife carries a basket of fruit with her infant on her back, while spinning cotton and smoking a tobacco pipe. The man is branded just below his right shoulder with the initials J.G.S., i.e., John Gabriel Stedman. This and other engravings are found in the autobiographical narrative of Stedman, a young Dutchman who joined a military force against rebellions of the enslaved in the Dutch colony. The engravings are based on Stedman’s own drawings and were done by professional engravers. For the definitive modern edition of the original 1790 Stedman manuscript, which includes this and other illustrations see Richard and Sally Price, eds. Narrative of a five years expedition against the revolted Negroes of Surinam (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988).”