Recently developed digital technologies enable the elaboration of new insights and research strategies to learn more about the Atlantic slave trade and its aftermath. At least three major digital initiatives have developed over the last several decades for the study of the history of the Atlantic trade.
- The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has been developed by international teams of experts. It is hosted now by Emory University and many of its works are accessible online through its website SlaveVoyages.Org.
- Another major digital source for the history of Africa both during the slave trade and well afterwards is the online “Free Cartographic Library” – Afriterra.
- The African Historical Graphics Archive is an additional resource focused upon digitizing primary source material including maps, prints, views, published sketches and early colonial photographs of Africa.
All of these resources deploy numerous forms of digital technology to enhance the study of African, American and trans-Atlantic history.
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The History Design Studio (HDS) is part of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.
It is a workshop for new ideas in multimedia history. Joining a commitment to the professional practice of history with an experimental approach to form and presentation, the HDS is a creative space where students and scholars can design new modes of historical storytelling. We express historians’ core values through the innovative methods of artisanship and craft. Extensive use of primary sources, keen historiographical awareness, attention to change over time, and an overarching respect for evidence guide our projects in databasing, storyboarding, audiovisual narration, performance, cartography, and software development. By stretching the canvas of historical scholarship, studio participants make lasting contributions to the understanding of the past and its many meanings.
The HDS Spring Semester exhibit will be on display in the Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery of Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, starting 17 May 2019.