I wrote an essay about family, history, solidarity, slavery and some other things for Bitch Media.
Read on at the link below:
Looking forward to participating on this roundtable at this year’s ASALH in Cincinnati!! The show may be canceled, but I’ll be #TeamTubman and #TeamErnestine forever. And I’m joining Regina N. Bradley, Deirdre Cooper Owens, Janell Hobson, and Amrita Chakrabarti Myers to discuss the show, the good, the bad, the provocative, and what it means to have histories of slavery on the small screen.
Details below. Be sure to book your flights for Wednesday so you can join us for this Thursday morning conversation.
And if you haven’t checked out Treva B. Lindsey’s interview with Aisha Hinds, the actress who played Harriet Tubman in the show, read it here.
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:
Reading a 2007 essay by Martine Acerra on the technology of slave ships in les Cahiers des Anneaux has me looking up bilge pumps. From the National Park Service and written by Courtney Andersen in 2014:
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.