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NULab Spring Conference: Digital Storytelling

March 29, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

On March 29, 2018, the NULab will be hosting its third annual conference, showcasing the work of faculty, graduate students, and research collaborators.

The keynote address will be delivered by Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the Johns Hopkins University.

See here for the conference program.

Space is limited and registration is required; please RSVP here.

9:30am Registration and breakfast

10am Welcome

10:10–11:15am Keynote: Jessica Marie Johnson, “All the Stars Are Closer: Galaxies of Black Digital Practice”

11:30am–1pm “Teaching in the Humanities with Digital Data”
Nicole Aljoe: English, Director of the African and African-American Studies Program
Cameron Blevins: History
Elizabeth Maddock Dillon: English, NULab Co-Director
Élika Ortega: Cultures, Societies and Global Studies

1–1:45pm Lunch

1:45–3:00pm “Between Data and Narrative: Methods for Digital Storytelling”
Nicholas Beauchamp: Political Science
Molly Nebiolo: History
Dietmar Offenhuber: Art + Design, Public Policy and Urban Affairs
John Wihbey: Journalism

3:15–4:45pm “Twice Told Tales: Impact and Circulations”
Donghee Jo: Economics
Laura Nelson: Sociology and Anthropology
Jessica Silbey: Law, Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity Co-Director
Laura South: Khoury College of Computer Sciences

4:45–5pm Closing

Speaker biography:

Jessica Marie Johnson is a historian of Atlantic slavery and the Atlantic African diaspora. She is the author of Practicing Freedom: Black Women, Intimacy, and Kinship in New Orleans Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, under contract). She is co-editor with Dr. Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University) of Black Code: A Special Issue of the Black Scholar (2017). Her work has appeared in Slavery & Abolition, The Black Scholar, Meridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism, Debates in the Digital Humanities, American Quarterly, Social Text, Forum Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Black Perspectives (AAIHS), and #DHPoco: Postcolonial Digital Humanities, as well as in edited volumes. She is the recipient of research fellowships and awards from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, the Richards Civil War Era Center, and the Africana Research Center at the Pennsylvania State University.

As a digital humanist, Johnson explores ways digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent. She is the founder of African Diaspora, Ph.D. (, co-organizer of the Queering Slavery Working Group with Dr. Vanessa Holden (University of Kentucky), a member of the LatiNegrxs Project (, and a Digital Alchemist at the Center for Solutions to Online Violence (




March 29, 2019
9:30 am - 5:00 pm


Alumni Center, Northeastern
716 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States


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