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Black Cyborgs

Things I said at #femDH that I want to remember: “Is a black person with a lantern a cyborg?” I was thinking through Simone Browne’s work on the lantern laws in New York City, instituted after the 1712 slave conspiracy. Liz, luckily, caught it, but I don’t want it lost in Twitter’s temperamental temporality:

“Can a Machine Make You Feel?” (#BlackCodeStudies, #femDH)

Discussing the black masculine body and dance and feeling and capitalism and machines and opportunity and representation and Lil Buck’s artistic genius (which is his own but also straight out of the Memphis, jookin, black diasporic rhythmic embodied brilliance of the Upper South) and black cyborgs all at #femDH:

Shani Crowe (#BlackCodeStudies, #femDH)

“The collection of images highlights insanely detailed and intricate braided ‘dos, which Crowe created after years and years of practice. “As a child, I would get my hair braided every two weeks by one of my aunts or an older cousin,” she tells us. “I picked up the skill from watching my relatives braid, and practicing on dolls. When I was around 11, and my aunts couldn’t execute the designs I wanted, I began braiding [on] my own. I was a walking advertisement for myself, and ended up attracting clientele.”

Snapchat (#BlackCodeStudies, #femDH)

We had quite a bit of fun with Snapchat at #femDH. Our exercise was simple–in your groups, sign on to Snapachat (or download it if you don’t have it already) and spend a few minutes playing with the app. It took no time at all for participants to begin to play with the platform’s lens feature (known to the rest of us as filters) to create videos and images:

FemTechNet Critical Race & Ethnic Studies Pedagogy Workbook (#femDH)

“Acknowledging the challenges of teaching these sensitive and contentious topics in a time of economic retrenchment and increasing institutional precarity for departments of ethnic, gender, and humanisitic studies, this workbook is an ongoing project to build resources for faculty members who are often overburdened at their home institutions, but are willing to take on the difficult task of teaching about gender and racial inequity in our information culture….”


Chinyere Tutashinda on Surveillance (#BlackCodeStudies, #femDH)

“In the 21st century, the overseer has jumped from outside on the street to online in your home. Without technology leaders and strategists dedicated to racial justice, Black communities – both citizen and migrant – will continue to bear the brunt of discriminatory policing, now in the high-tech world of the Internet…”


Class Constitution (#femDH)

We shared Cathy Davidson’s strategy for creating a class constitution at #femDH. I did a version of this exercise with the #BlackCodeStudies students and used Etherpad to take collaborative notes as we did. It worked better than I could have hoped. As a college teacher, it was terrifying. As a facilitator, it was electrifying. And for a moment these two identities of mine came together. As a result, I think, the class began to come together too.

They were also brilliant students who made it easy to take risks and try new things–and create community. So there was that too. 🙂

Rastus the Mechanical Negro (#BlackCodeStudies #FemDH)

Kidada E. Williams posted this image on Twitter nearly a year ago. I’ve come back to often since, to think about slavery, about black folks engagement with the digital era, technology, afrofutures, slavery. It brings to mind Sharpe’s call to live in the wake. It brings to mind Fuentes call to read the archive against the bias grain. In bringing these things to mind, I’m reminded and deeply grateful to all of the black feminist and black diaspora thinkers doing the work of pushing past the surface, under the water (subterranean routes), reading the dead books, and calling out alongside the murdered and the disappeared for justice.

I also recently shared it with the participants in the Feminist Digital Humanities course I co-taught with Liz Losh at this year’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute. Sharing much of that material over the next few days–because I can’t keep these browser tabs open any longer.

The thread below the tweet is as interesting as the tweet itself. Thank you Kidada for sharing.