Digitizing Diaspora

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 10.48.02 AMWhat would it mean to read diaspora spatially? How might an examination of the nature of movement, the travel itineraries undertaken, the borders crossed, the routes navigated, allow us to better understand the intellectual movements that were born out of mobility or lack thereof?

Digitizing Diaspora maps the travels of prominent thinkers and actors in the African diaspora. This visualization allows us to plot physical movement through space on a map and corresponding timeline, in order to analyze how the spaces through which black writers, activists and intellectuals travelled shaped and challenged their thinking on global black identities and the (im)possibility of solidarity across national borders.

Digitizing Diaspora provides curated access to archival material and allows users to consult and engage with a variety of primary documents including letters, interviews, pictures and journal entries that highlight the role of space, place and movement in the making of the African diaspora.

Digitizing Diaspora Exhibits (click on the title below to view the digital map)

  1. Congo Diary: Eslanda Robeson’s Second African Journey (2D map with timeline)
  2. Congo Diary: Eslanda Robeson’s Second African Journey (3D map. Requires Tour builder plugin)