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Feb 9: Jessica Johnson on Digital Humanities Against Enclosure

February 9, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Bridging past and present in digital practice is more important now than ever. This talk will explore the paradigms and possibilities for digital practice in our research, teaching, and collaborative work that moves beyond project completion and embodies a crossroads praxis: A praxis of engagement with our machines that centers history, ethics of care, active accountability, and our humanity.

Jessica Marie Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the Johns Hopkins University. Johnson is a historian of Atlantic slavery and the Atlantic African diaspora. She is the author of Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, August 2020). She is co-editor with Lauren Tilton and David Mmimo of Debates in the Digital Humanities: Computational Humanities. She is guest editor of Slavery in the Machine, a special issue of archipelagos journal (2019) and 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, American Quarterly, Social Text, The Journal of African American History, the William & Mary Quarterly, Debates in the Digital Humanities, Forum Journal, Bitch Magazine, Black Perspectives (AAIHS), Somatosphere and Post-Colonial Digital Humanities (DHPoco) and her book chapters have appeared in multiple edited collections.

  • Chair: Giovanna Ceserani, Associate Professor of Classics, Stanford and Faculty Director, CESTA
  • UCL Respondent: Nenna Orie Chuku
  • Stanford Respondent: Anna Toledano


This is the second event in our recently announced The Digital Humanities Long View seminar series, a collaboration between UCL's Centre for Digital Humanities and the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford.

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Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) at Stanford and UCL's Centre for Digital Humanities.
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