The AFRO-PWW Outreach Team will attend the 40th Annual National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) Conference in Charlotte, NC. The first of several introductory presentations for this year takes place on Thursday, March 17th from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the Omni Hotel. Invited attendees will meet the team and learn about the project.
The team members will individually present formal papers on the panel, “Publishing Without Walls (PWW): Digital Publishing as a 21st Century Black Studies Initiative” on March 18 at 9:00 a.m. in Omni Hotel’s Cypress Room. The papers will be published in a special topics issue of Fire!!!: The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies.
Digital publishing is one of the tools through which Black Studies scholars can participate in a global dissemination of interdisciplinary understandings and interpretations of the Black experience. The PWW panel addresses the role digital technologies can play in Black Studies by explaining the purpose of the AFRO-PWW series; providing examples of a variety of publishing platforms supported by the project; introducing the journal Fire!!! as an example of the value of digital journal publications; and reporting on the value of collaboration in the digitization of collections at HBCUs.
Designed to ensure that scholarship on the African American experience is disseminated to the widest possible audiences, the team will suggest ways for overcoming the “digital divide.” The presentation and panel both deal with efforts that reach beyond equitable access to hardware and broadband connections to include knowledge about and use of digital technologies. Discussions will focus on the role of new software, online publishing platforms, and web-based resources to help facilitate research, preservation of data, and discuss collaboration in the creation and dissemination of new knowledge.
Coming Events and Activities
PWW will be at the College Language Association (CLA) Convention in Houston, TX this April 6-9, 2016. More details on our CLA events will come soon!