Nieves at Amherst: Digital Humanities as Restorative Social Justice

On Wed, Oct. 29th, DHi Co-Director Angel David Nieves will present a lecture at Amherst College titled "Digital Humanities as Restorative Social Justice: Virtual Heritage, 3D Reconstructions and South Africa’s Township Histories."  This lecture will take place at 4:30pm in Amherst's Friendly Reading Room, Frost Library.

In 2013 a group of scholars from across the US approached the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) with a proposal for a new special interest group (or SIG) with a focus on social justice and human rights. As a step forward, the group developed an "advisory document for building collaborative projects, conducting events, gathering sensitive data, and composing scholarly communications with social justice issues and human rights in mind." This talk will argue for a more engaged form of digital scholarship that promotes social justice praxis.

Angel Nieves is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Hamilton College and current co-director of Hamilton's Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi). Nieves' scholarly work and community-based activism critically engages with issues of memory, heritage preservation, gender and nationalism at the intersections of race and the built environment in cities across the Global South. Nieves is the associate editor of Fire!!!: A Multimedia Journal of Black Studies, an online journal of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
 
His most recent research explores the building of a multimodal information environment to discuss Soweto's past, present, and future redevelopment - addressing cultural practices of remembrance, reconciliation and empowerment with a view towards an integrative approach to social justice and the practice of digital humanities scholarship. Nieves completed his doctoral work in architectural history and Africana Studies at Cornell University.
 
This lecture is presented as part of Amherst's 5CollDH Speaker Series.
 
The Five College Digital Humanities Speaker Series for the 2014-2015 academic year explores politics, poetics and urgency in the study of digital cultures.