30th June 2017


10:00 – 10:10 – Welcome in Lecture Hall – SB 121

10:10 – 11.10am

The Digital Future of African Literature

Afrikult chairs a session discussing the growth of digital publishing in Africa and the impact this is having on African writers, readers and language.

Nancy Adimora, Emma Shercliff, Zaahida Nabagereka & Marcelle Mateki Akita.

11:10 – 12:10

The Bits and Bytes of Black Heritage

The panellists in this session discuss heritage projects and the role of digital tools and theories to aid the investigation and dissemination of the black past.

Patrick Vernon OBE, Rob Waters, Tony Warner & Abira Hussein

12:10 – 12:25 – Tea & Coffee Break

12:25 – 13:25

Digital Media: Creating Content on the Margins

This session will be chaired by Buzzfeed news editor Elizabeth Pears, in conversation with members of some of the most recognisable digital content producers – BK Chat London, Gal-Dem, Media Diversified – discussing why the digital provides an avenue to empower content creators and black audiences.

Sebastian Thiel, Kiri Kankhwende, Varaidzo & Andy Amadi.

13:30 – 14:15 – Lunch

14:00 -15:30

Workshop: Editing Wikipedia While Black

(rm: SHL SB211 – Parallel)

This workshop will include an introduction to editing Wikipedia, a look at how 19th century Black encyclopedists continue to influence free knowledge and open data movements of the digital age, and the role of Wikipedia in documenting the black digital landscape.

14:15 – 14:45

Emerging Thinkers

This short panel will profile the work of Masters students – giving them the opportunity to discuss their current research projects, and the future of their interests in the field of digital humanities.

14:45 – 15:45

The Black Body and Technology

How is the black body conceptualised and subjected to racialised forms of profiling in the age of algorithms and machine learning? Our panellists discuss this theme, addressing issues of migration, Trans-humanism and Afro futurist thought.

Florence Okoye & Irene Fubara-Manuel

15:45 – 16:45

Theorising Blackness in the Social Network

What exactly is blackness and how is it constructed, interrogated and negotiated online, across national borders, on global platforms with local features? What role do broader social justice issues play in contemporary constructions of blackness?

Kadian Pow, Dr Sanjay Sharma & Kui Kihoro Mackay

16:45 – 17:00 – Final Coffee break 

17:00 – 18:00

Keynote Address

Kelly Foster – Representations of Blackness in Open Knowledge Systems

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