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Panama Silver, Asian Gold: Migration, Money, and the Making of the Modern Caribbean

Dr. Rhonda Cobham-Sander (Amherst College), Dr. Donette Francis (University of Miami), Dr. Leah Rosenberg (University of Florida)


Students in the course undertake archival research, digital scholarship, and literary studies of the Caribbean through an interdisciplinary lens. Through class assignments, they consider the colonial dimensions of archives, examining how particular facets of identity and subalternity influence Caribbean writers and scholars.

Outcomes & Deliverables

Students examine topics of intersectionality across archival material and produce digital projects using Scalar, Wikipedia, and the Wiki service PBWorks.

Resources

Course Syllabus

The “Panama Silver, Asian Gold” syllabus is included in Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities, a born-digital, peer-reviewed resource available on Humanities Commons

Assignments

Examples of course assignments shared at the institute.

Example PBWorks Site

Wiki for Dr. Rosenberg’s course “Tourism and Caribbean Literature”

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Exploring Caribbean Literature through Archival Research & Creative Writing

Dr. Rosamond S. King (Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York)


The archive assignment for Caribbean Literature asks students to examine how historical constructions of race are reflected in photography.

Goals: Archive Assignments

  • Use online archives and databases to conduct image or photo research
  • Conduct photo analysis on chosen images
  • Consider the motivations and identity of the photographer, the photo’s context, and how race is depicted in the photos
  • Learn about metadata, and what the metadata reveals about the images
  • Bridge creative writing and analysis through poetry

Outcomes & Deliverables

  • An effective photo analysis of the chosen image, improved metadata for the chosen photograph, and an essay on the analysis and their chosen revisions to the metadata.
  • An original poem inspired by an archival photograph

Resources

Photo Analysis Assignment

Student assignment to analyze race and positionality in archival photographs. (Shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.)

Poetry Archive Assignment

Guidelines for Dr. King’s unit assignment on writing ekphrastic poetry inspired by archival photographs. (Shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.)

Caribbean Photo Archive

A rich collection of over 3,000 photographs amassed by archivist Patrick Montgomery, now held by the Art Gallery of Ontario

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Roots of the Commonwealth: Caribbean Provisions from the British Empire to the 21st Century

Dr. Keja Valens, Salem State University


We will consider literary, historical, and archival materials as we work to chart the ways that provisions have been planted and transplanted, prepared and consumed, imagined and depicted in relation to ideas of indigeneity, independence, and community in the Caribbean and its diaspora.

Course Overview

  • ENG 715: Topics in Digital Studies, a graduate-level course
  • Examine and use concepts and practices of postcolonial digital humanities to trace literary, culinary, agricultural, and economic paths of ground provisions with a focus on provisions such as yuca, yam and plantain in and through the Caribbean from the 15th through the 21st centuries.
  • Draw course materials from the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, the Digital Library of the Caribbean, HathiTrust, the Internet Archive and other similar sources to develop digital projects that include mapping, timelines, and curated exhibits.

Outcomes & Deliverables

Students completed a series of assignments focused on critical analysis of primary sources and interpretation through digital tools. They completed reflective writings and developed “Provisions,” a multi-exhibit Omeka project.

Resources

Course Syllabus

Spring 2020 schedule with links to additional resources and readings (Shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.)

Assignment: Mapping & Meaning

Designed to support critical and conceptual thinking about maps (Shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.)

Assignment: How are West Indians Represented in the Archive?

Reflecting on Lady Nugent’s Journal (Shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.)

Exhibit: Provisions

A series of student-created Omeka exhibits on the role of ground provisions such as yams in Caribbean foodways

New Digital Worlds

Students read Dr. Roopika Risam’s book throughout the semester.

Institute Reflection

Keja discusses how the institute impacted her course.

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