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Panel: “Data, Activism, and Intersectionality”

November 19, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us for “Data, Activism, and Intersectionality,” a panel that will feature: Khadijah Abdurahman (We Be Imagining podcast), Faithe Day (Purdue University), Sureshi M. Jayawardene (San Diego State University), and Angel David Nieves (Northeastern University). Each panelist will speak about their research and we will then have time for discussion and questions among the panelists and attendees.

This is a remote event and registration is required. RSVP here. Please RSVP by 5pm on November 18.

The panel will be introduced and contextualized by Angel David Nieves, Professor of Africana Studies, History, and Digital Humanities; Director of Public Humanities, Northeastern University. We will then have presentations from each of the panelists on the topics below, followed by questions and discussion.

J. Khadijah Abdurahman: I plan to speak about “Remixing the Archive” I’ll share brief clips where I’ve remixed my favorite Black scholars with archival audio, hip hop, Jazz and news samples to model the kind of dialogue between academia and the performance arts as embedded in the lived experience of everyday people that I believe to be necessary to enact radical, meaningful/material change in the world. I’d like the audience to consider the epistemic argument of these *remixes* relative to the rational calculability assumed by algorithms

Faithe Day: This presentation offers a demonstration of the Black Living Data Booklet, a digital project which exists at the intersection of art, activism, and academic knowledge. Through a discussion of the booklet and the relationship between intersectionality and digital scholarship, this presentation encourages researchers, students, and community members to approach the creation and consumption of media, information, and data differently through a better understanding of discernment and care.

Sureshi M. Jayawardene: Considering the long history of Africana Studies’ engagement with science and technology, my comments focus on the more decisive integration of digital humanities content and tools in the instructional practices of Africana Studies coursework today, beyond just the implementation of DH projects for student assessment.

Speaker Bios

J. Khadijah Abdurahman (she/her) is a child welfare system abolitionist and an independent researcher whose focus is predictive analytics in the child welfare system. She is the co-founder of Word2RI, an oral history archive of racial justice and gentrification on Roosevelt Island, Director of We Be Imagining, a nascent public technology project currently curating programming examining race and technology through infusing academic discourse with the performance arts in partnership with community based organizations in collaboration with Columbia University’s INCITE Center and The American Assembly’s Democracy and Trust Program. She is a visiting researcher and lecturer at Cornell Tech in the Milstein Program.

Faithe Day (she/her) is a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation within the Libraries and School of Information Studies and the African American Studies Department at Purdue University. Dr. Day develops curriculum, data collection, and curation projects in collaboration with other scholars to identify critical frameworks and best practices to ensure an ethical and justice-centered approach to data curation, with a focus on Black and LGBTQIA+ Community Based Data and Discourse. Her most recent digital humanities project is the Black Living Data Booklet, a manual and manifesto on the ethical engagement of data on and for Black communities.

Sureshi M. Jayawardene, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at San Diego State University. As a scholar of the African diaspora, her research raises questions about Black geographies, Africanity, and self-definition among diasporic African communities in South Asia whose ancestors were brought to the region through the Indian Ocean slave trade. Her research interests in educational technology and digital humanities have also driven her work into the shaping of a distinct Africana DH subfield and pedagogical innovation in Africana classrooms using DH. She is affiliated with the Digital Humanities Center and Department of Women’s Studies at SDSU.

NULab events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. All fall 2020 NULab events will be virtual. Please contact[at]gmail[dot]com with any questions. 



November 19, 2020
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


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