February 27: Angel Nieves, “Intersectional Cartographies & Social Justice DH:
3D Digital Scholarly Editions Documenting Human Rights Violations From Apartheid-Era South Africa”
Wednesday, February 27, 4:10 pm, Center for Digital Humanities (344 Buttrick)
Angel Nieves, “Intersectional Cartographies & Social Justice DH: 3D Digital Scholarly Editions Documenting Human Rights Violations From Apartheid-Era South Africa”
Over the past year, funded by a grant from both the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a team of sixteen digital humanists – including faculty, librarians, technologists and university publishers – has been working to bring together 3D modelling and digital editions in an effort to advance scholarly publishing practices. As part of this work, this team has reimagined how a scholarly digital edition might include 3D models in the form of annotation and apparatus. Four scholars, two working in the ancient world, and two others on sites/locations dating from the twentieth-century, have developed working prototypes for a more robust and sustainable digital platform that could include 3D models of cultural heritage objects, or entire virtual worlds of historical reconstructions within the framework of digital scholarly editions (DSEs). However, bringing together these two areas of digital scholarship with their own unique histories and practices has required a re-examination of the methods deployed in digital scholarly editions including annotation, ambiguity, and transparency. Nieves will focus this talk on his digital scholarly edition, Apartheid Heritages: A Spatial History of South Africa’s Township’s (www.apartheidheritages.org). The work is currently under consideration at Stanford University Press as part of their Mellon-funded digital publishing initiative. This project brings together immersive 3D technologies and digital ethnography in the pursuit of documenting human rights violations committed by the former apartheid-state.
Prof. Nieves will also be available for an informal lunch discussion from 12:00-1:00 pm on Wednesday, February 27. All are welcome, but please register in advance: https://goo.gl/forms/9L8aqvpLE46g8dK83
About the Speaker:
Angel David Nieves, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History and Digital Humanities at San Diego State University (SDSU) in the Area of Excellence in Digital Humanities and Global Diversity. He was Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) at Hamilton College (2008-2017). Nieves’s 3D scholarly edition entitled, Apartheid Heritages: A Spatial History of South Africa’s Township’s (http://www.apartheidheritages.org) brings together modelling, immersive technologies and digital ethnography in the pursuit of documenting human rights violations in apartheid-era South Africa. He recently completed a new book project entitled, An Architecture of Education: African American Women Design the New South, with the University of Rochester Press for their series “Gender and Race in American History” (June, 2018). Nieves is also currently working on a new volume in the Debates in the Digital Humanities Series (w/Senier & McGrail) and recently completed work on a special collaborative issue of American Quarterly (Fall 2018) on DH in the field of American Studies. He serves on the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) Committee on Information Technology (2016-2019). He sits on the Boards of the New York State’s Humanities Council (2017-2020) and the Society for American City and Regional Planning History (2018-2021). Nieves (2017-2018) was Presidential Visiting Associate Professor at Yale University in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and an affiliate in the Yale Digital Humanities Laboratory (DHLab).