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Brown Bag Discussion w/Henry Lovejoy
October 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Digital historian and Africa and African Diaspora scholar Henry Lovejoy will be hosting a special brown bag discussion at the Center for 21st Century Studies on Friday at noon. Lovejoy is an affiliate of CU Boulder’s Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS) and the director of the popular education image repository SlaveryImages.org. He is currently working on developing historical GIS methods with statistical models to determine when and where enslaved Africans originated within pre-colonial Africa, and when and where they went in diaspora.
In this brown bag, we will discuss the risk of digital experimentation to display uncertain data that have misrepresentation probe change over time at diverse scales. Anne Kelly Knowles wrote that attempts at mapping the past, especially among societies and cultures that did not have orthographies, is “a jarring experience” because the process “reveals how uncertain, vague, imprecise, or temporally unstable locations can be.” Despite uncertainty, the representations that historical maps portray have degrees of validity as an interpretive tool to rethink and visualize our past.
Be sure to join us later on Friday for Lovejoy’s talk, “Probabilities of African Origins: The Collapse of the Kingdom of Oyo and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, 1816-1836” at 3:30 in Curtin Hall 118.