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THE RESEARCHATHON

December 5, 10am-5pm, Studio@Butler, Butler Library 208

Led by digital humanist and Caribbeanist scholar Alex Gil, this collaborative research event is meant to yield a tangible reflection of our commitment to carry Césaire studies into the next generations. On December 5, over the course of one day, we will compile the largest online bibliography of primary and secondary sources related to Césaire, expanding significantly on the two existing large bibliographic projects. Open to students, scholars, librarians, and technologists, the researchathon will train and organize task-based teams (data entry, web and catalog research, programming, etc) and go live at the end of the day.

To learn more visit our researchathon page.

 

THE FORUM

December 6, 10am-5pm, Maison Française, Buell Hall, Columbia University

Co-organized by Kaiama L. Glover, Alex Gil, Brent Hayes Edwards, and David Scott, “The Work of Man Has Only Just Begun”: Legacies of Aimé Césaire is a centenary celebration of Césaire’s life and work. This one-day public forum  will be the culmination of an online discussion around four topics, curated by four pairs of scholars: Anne Eller and Millery Polyné reflect on Césaire’s views on the revolutionary potential of Nature and the body; Gary Wilder and Yarimar Bonilla reflect on  freedom and sovereignty – in the Caribbean and beyond – through a Césairean lens; Carrie Noland and Christopher Winks debate Césaire’s transatlantic engagement with poverty; and Brent Hayes Edwards and Erica Hunt wax Césairean poetics.

With your participation, we intend to think Césaire collaboratively and within a digital humanities framework. To this end, we invite – we encourage – you to join actively in this conversation. Spend time here in this online discussion. Engage with the questions and reflections posted on each of these blog pages by leaving your own responses – as lengthy or as concise as you’d like. Over the next weeks, our eight curator-scholars will be keeping a close eye on the conversations that unfold here, and the ideas you generate will be taken up on December 6 by those in attendance at our live event. In experimenting with academic form in this manner, we hope to enact the practice of radical questioning that marked Césaire’s engagement with the world. You can see the full schedule here.

 

This event is  free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Center for Digital Humanities Research, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, the Digital Humanities Center, the Institute for African Studies, the Institute for Comparative Literature Studies, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, and the La Maison Francaise at Columbia University

 

 

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Thank you!

Thank you all who participated in our event! We have received great feedback from the community and feel very proud of what we accomplished. We didn't do this alone, and we give credit where credit is due. Please visit our credits page to see a list of all of those who made this happen.

Be part of the conversation

In the time leading up to our live forum at Columbia’s Maison Francaise, we encourage you to get involved. Our scholars have gotten the ball rolling on this site with a brief back-and-forth exchange. We hope you’ll find these dialogues compelling and we ask you to add your own reflections on the topics at hand by leaving a reply someplace (or places) on the site - as lengthy or as concise as you'd like. The responses we accumulate here will provide the point of departure for our forum discussions on December 6. Now, please join us on this digital humanities adventure!

Roll up your sleeves

On December 5, over the course of one day, you are invited to help to help us compile the largest online bibliography of primary and secondary sources related to Césaire. The main group will gather at the Studio@Butler, but you are welcome to join us from anywhere. Open to students, scholars, librarians, and technologists the researchathon will train and organize task-based teams (data entry, web and catalog research, programming, etc) and go live at the end of the day. To learn more or get ready visit our researchathon page.