[globaloutlookDH-l] Fwd: Global Outlook/Afro-Hispanists

Alex Gil colibri.alex at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 20:22:04 MST 2012

Hi all,

Here's the response from Dorothy. I will try to ring her tomorrow to learn
more about what she recognizes as avenues of collaboration.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: African Hispanic Studies Conference <ahsconf at uoguelph.ca>
Date: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Subject: Re: Global Outlook/Afro-Hispanists
To: Alex Gil <colibri.alex at gmail.com>
Cc: Amilcar Priestley <proyectoafrolatino at gmail.com>, Daniel O'Donnell <
daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca>

Dear Alex,
Thank you very much for your email and for your interest in the
Afro-Hispanic virtual conference . My main motivation for working on this
initiative is to use technology to build bridges between this side of the
Atlantic and various African institutions. It is my hope that through this
conference we will be able to draw in African voices to the discussions in
Afrohispanism. As we identify our strengths and limitations in our
transcontinental/transnational use of technology in this project, we will
be in a better position to enhance our collaboration with Africa and its
Diaspora.  I have looked at the mission and vision of Global Outlook ::
Digital Humanities (GO::DH) and I see opportunites for collaboration with
you as well.
Thank you also for the link to http://afrolatinoproject.org. It is a great
project. Indeed, it is a significant source of reference in one of the
proposals I have received for the conference.

Thank you once again for getting in touch. Should you wish to chat further
you can reach me at 519-824-4120 ext 53179.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Alex Gil" <colibri.alex at gmail.com>
To: ahsconf at uoguelph.ca
Cc: "Amilcar Priestley" <proyectoafrolatino at gmail.com>, "Daniel O'Donnell" <
daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca>
Sent: Friday, 23 November, 2012 1:09:14 PM
Subject: Global Outlook/Afro-Hispanists

Dear Dorothy,

I'm writing on behalf of the Global Outlook :: Digital Humanities (GO::DH)
special interest group of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organization
(ADHO). We recently heard of your initiative to organize a virtual
conference of Afro-Hispanists. I work on the Afro-Atlantic 20th century
myself, especially on the writings and thought of Aimé Césaire. We are very
excited that you are forming these transnational bonds using the available
technologies to highlight the global nature of our scholarly enterprise.

At the ADHO we are engaged in several initiatives, including the GO::DH, to
build communities of practice in digital scholarship around the world. One
of the major problems of the development of digital scholarship in the
humanities has been the siloed nature of our efforts. We hope that GO::DH
will eventually allow all continents and diasporas to form a visible front
for new practitioners. Although the overt theme of your conference is not
the digital itself, we feel that you are using the digital in the
transformative manner that speaks to the digital humanities. Here's an
example, which you may be aware of, of the 'transformative' use of
technology that speaks to your conference theme:
http://afrolatinoproject.org/ . (Amilcar Priestley cc'ed here)

We would love to learn more about your conference, and perhaps build
bridges between us. I would love to have at least a quick call next week if
you are available to learn more about the details of the conference and the
reach of the digital in your organizational principles.

All the best,
Alex Gil
Digital Scholarship Coordinator
Humanities and History
Columbia University Libraries

Dorothy Odartey-Wellington, PhD
Afro-Hispanic Studies in Africa/
Africa in Afro-Hispanic Studies
School of Languages and Literatures
University of Guelph

Alex Gil
Digital Scholarship Coordinator
Humanities and History
Columbia University Libraries
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