Current Projects


The Jay Z Mixtape
Kenton Rambsy
"This digital humanities project places Jay Z's 13 solo-studio albums in a broad African American literary continuum of autobiographical and semi-autobiographical works. I will gather metadata on Jay Z in order to produce thematic data visualizations. I will include additional resources such as a timeline and a list of key terms that reveal notable patterns and connections between Jay Z and black writers such as Frederick Douglass, Richard Wright, Malcolm X, Amiri Baraka, and Ralph Ellison."
Mapping City Limits:
Post-1960's Paris and the Writings of James Baldwin, James Emanuel, and Jake Lamar

Tyechia Lynn Thompson
"My project examines Paris as portrayed in the writings of these three African-American writers. Because more attention is paid to the 'hey day' of American expatriation to Paris and not post-1960's Paris, the myth of a colorblind Paris proliferates. Even now, this myth continues, in part, because the post-1960's Paris paradigm is ignored. Without it, we lose the complexities of race, ethnicity, war, language, nationality, sexuality, and religion in the post-colonial and post-civil rights periods." In her production, Thompson has used Google Maps and Google Earth, the Neatline Plugin for Omeka, and Scalar.
This Is My Century: The Life and Legacy of Margaret Walker
Robert Luckett
"The partnership with AFRO-PWW would produce a world-class digital exhibition to accompany [a traveling exhibition] and allow for deeper exploration of Walker's life and legacy. Additional partnerships with the Dusable Mueum of African American History in Chicago, the University of Iowa, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, Dillard University in New Orleans, and the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center in Jackson are being secured for each of those locations to serve as host sites along with the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State for the traveling exhibition."
Diaspora Dance Identities: Martinique's Bèlè Revival
Camee Maddox-Wingfield
"Since 2009, I have collected data as a participating dance ethnographer, observing the ways in which bèlè performance in Martinique intersects with political critique, local economic solidarity, the national education system, transgressive sexuality and gender performance, and creolized conceptions of spirituality. I would like to explore how the digital mapping of dance and movement data, particularly those documenting Black diaspora dance communities, can be curated for public engagement. A digital mapping project such as this would theoretically advance our understandings of diasporic belonging and cultural citizenship expressed through the medium of dance performance."
IBlack Studies
Irma McClaurin and marilyn thomas-houston
"iBlack Studies stands as the first multimodal introduction to Black Studies and seeks to create a site that can serve as a resource for Introduction to African American Studies courses as well as a resource site for researchers interested in studying the intellectual history of the field. The cornerstone of iBlack Studies is a rich archive of materials from a Ford Foundation funded 2006 convening entitled Conversations for Sustaining Black Studies in the 21st Century. The result of this intergenerational, interdisciplinary and varying paradigmatic event was multi-camera video footage of rich dialogues of key Black Studies scholars (some of whom have since died) and commissioned statements, transcriptions, and biographical sketches in PDF format."