Columbia group for experimental methods in the humanities (xpmethod)
Columbia University Libraries
archipelagos is particularly grateful for the support we received from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through its Digital Start-Up Grant program, the NEH provided much-needed resources for the multiple valences of experimentation and innovation undergirding this platform.
NEH Office of Digital Humanities
Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference
Barnard Committee on Online and On-Campus Learning
Kaiama L. Glover is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of French and Africana Studies and Director of the Digital Humanities Center at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her research focuses primarily on postcolonial francophone literature and culture, particularly that of Haiti and the French Antilles. Her book, Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon (Liverpool UP 2010), examines canon formation in the French and Creole-speaking Caribbean and the particular fate of the Haitian Spiralist authors vis-à-vis this canon. Her most recent monograph, Disorderly Women: On Caribbean Community and the Ethics of Self-Regard, is forthcoming with Duke University Press in 2020. In 2018-2019 she was a resident Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris, France where she began work on her new book project, “René Depestre: For the Love of Revolution.” Glover is founding co-editor of archipelagos journal, and founding co-director of the digital humanities project In the Same Boats: Toward an Afro-Atlantic Intellectual Cartography.
Alex Gil is Senior Lecturer II and Associate Research Faculty of Digital Humanities in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Yale University, where he teaches introductory and advanced courses in digital humanities, and runs project-based learning and collective research initiatives. Before joining Yale, Alex served for ten years as Digital Scholarship Librarian at Columbia University, where he co-created and nurtured the Butler Studio and the Group for Experimental Methods in Humanistic Research. His research interests include Caribbean culture and history, digital humanities and technology design for different infrastructural and socio-economic environments, and the ownership and material extent of the cultural and scholarly record.
Soraya Limare graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure-Ulm and is now a PhD candidate at Columbia University in the department of French and Romance Philology. Her research focuses on francophone literature from the Caribbean.
Juliet Ali is an artist and graphic designer. She is the art director of the Small Axe Project and has been designing the print journal since 2004. She holds an MFA in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Her experience in graphic design spans over thirty years in various industries, including advertising, toys, jewelry, home furnishing, and outdoor media. She taught art for three and a half years for the Board of Education, Trinidad, West Indies, and has been involved in the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) mentoring program for students from the High School of Art and Design. In 2013 she participated in a group show Dreams Lived/Dreams Shattered: MLK, JFK 50 Years Later held at FIT gallery. Since 2008 she owned and managed her own graphic design/consultancy business Astryd Design Inc.
Brian Ballsun-Stanton (Ph.D. University of New South Wales, 2012) is currently a Research Associate at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. His research interests include exploring how people interact with and understand the nature of data and an investigation into the mechanics of ludic-narrative interactions in games. He is the Technical Director and Data Architect for the Field Acquired Information Management Systems (FAIMS) Project. Department of Ancient History
Dennis Tenen teaches English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Tenen’s research happens at the intersection of people, texts, and technology. His recent work appeared on the pages of Computational Culture, boundary 2, and Modernism/modernity on topics that range from book piracy, to algorithmic composition, unintelligent design, and the history of data visualization. Tenen is a co-founder of Columbia’s Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities. His first book, Plain Text: The Poetics of Computation was published in 2017 by Stanford University Press.
Yarimar Bonilla is Associate Professor of anthropology and Latino & Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, where she is on the executive board for the Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies. She teaches and writes about social movements, colonial legacies, and the politics of history in the Atlantic World. She is the author of Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment (2015) and is currently working on a book project about the statehood movement in Puerto Rico.
Vincent Brown, Charles Warren Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies, is a multi-media historian with a keen interest in the political implications of cultural practice. He directs the History Design Studio and teaches courses in Atlantic history, African diaspora studies, and the history of slavery. Brown is the author of The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery (Harvard University Press, 2008) and producer of an audiovisual documentary about the anthropologist Melville J. Herskovits broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens. He is currently writing a book about African diasporic warfare in the Americas.
Elizabeth Maddock Dillon is Professor and Chair of the Department of English and Co-director of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks at Northeastern University. She is the author of New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849 (Duke University Press, 2014) which won the Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History from the American Society for Theatre Research and The Gender of Freedom: Fictions of Liberalism and the Literary Public Sphere (Stanford University Press, 2004), which won the Heyman Prize for Outstanding Publication in the Humanities at Yale University. She is co-editor with Michael Drexler of The Haitian Revolution and the Early U.S.: Histories, Geographies, Textualities, which is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press. Dillon is the co-director of the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College and the former the chair of the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Signs and the Women Writers Project and has served on the editorial boards of Early American Literature and American Literature and the advisory board of PMLA. She is the founder of the award-winning crowd-sourced digital archive Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, and the co-founder and co-director of the Early Caribbean Digital Archive.
Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and Director of the the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. He is the author of A Colony of Citizens: Revolution & Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 (2004), Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004), Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France (2010), Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (2012) and most recently The Banjo: America’s African Instrument (2016). His writings have appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, the New York Times, Slate, Sports Illustrated, and The New Republic. In 2016-18 he was a fellow at the National Humanities Center, where he is working on two projects: a book on soccer called The Language of the Game (under contract with Basic Books), and an experimental biography of Katherine Dunham.
Schuyler Esprit is a scholar of Caribbean literature and cultural studies, and postcolonial theory. Dr. Esprit holds a PhD in English literature from University of Maryland, College Park. She is the Founding Director of Create Caribbean Inc., Research Institute at Dominica State College. The Research Institute supports students and scholars to use digital technologies for research, teaching and learning in areas of Caribbean development, especially its culture, history and heritage. She currently works as Registrar and Dean of Academic Affairs at Dominica State College. Esprit is a writer and editor, research consultant, and youth advocate. She has also taught and held professional positions at a number of universities in the United States, and has also worked as the Editor of Dominica’s longest running newspaper, The Chronicle. She is now completing her book entitled West Indian Readers: A Social History and its digital companion, both of which are historical explorations of reading culture in the Caribbean. She has also written the introduction to the 2016 Papillote Press edition of The Orchid House, the 1953 novel by Dominican writer Phyllis Shand Allfrey.
Jessica Marie Johnson is Assistant Professor of History at Michigan State University. Her work has appeared in Slavery & Abolition, The Black Scholar, Meridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism, and Debates in the Digital Humanities. As a digital humanist, Johnson explores the way digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent.
Kelly Baker Josephs is Professor of English at York College, CUNY. She is the author of Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature (2013), editor of sx salon: a small axe literary platform, and manager of The Caribbean Commons website. Her current project, Caribbean Articulations: Storytelling in a Digital Age, explores the intersections between new technologies and Caribbean cultural production.
Frances Negrón-Muntaner is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, curator, scholar and professor at Columbia University, where she is the founding director of the Media and Idea Lab and founding curator of the Latino Arts and Activism Archive at Columbia’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library. Among her books and publications are: Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (CHOICE Award, 2004), The Latino Media Gap (2014), and Sovereign Acts (forthcoming). Her most recent films include Small City, Big Change (2013), War for Guam (2015) and Life Outside (2016). For her work as a scholar and filmmaker, Negrón-Muntaner has received Ford, Truman, Scripps Howard, Rockefeller, Pew, and Chang-Chavkin fellowships. Major funders such as Social Science Research Council, Andy Warhol Foundation, and Independent Television Service have also supported her work. In 2008, the United Nations’ Rapid Response Media Mechanism recognized her as a global expert in the areas of mass media and Latin/o American studies; in 2012, she received the Lenfest Award, one of Columbia University’s most prestigious recognitions for excellence in teaching and scholarship. Most recently, she was the recipient of a 2017 OZY Educator Award. Negrón-Muntaner also served as director of Columbia’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race from 2009-2016.
Laurie N. Taylor is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Florida, and Digital Scholarship Director for the international collaborative Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC). Her work focuses on digital scholarship and developing socio-technical supports (people, policies, technologies, communities) for scholarly cyberinfrastructure to foster an environment of radical collaboration that supports diversity and inclusivity. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the LibraryPress@UF, a joint imprint of the UF Libraries and Press, member of the UF Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate Board, affiliate librarian for the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research, and affiliate faculty member in the UF’s Center for Latin American Studies.