Crowdsourcing our Cultural History: From the Archives into our Lives

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Exploring the links between colonial newspapers and slavery

This is an online event hosted on Clubhouse. Bookers are sent a link in advance giving access.

The British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme has led a crowdsourcing project to recover the stories of enslaved people from the pages of 18th- and 19th- century Caribbean newspapers. In a live online session, novelist Victoria Princewill is joined by distinguished researchers in this field to explore how to put old newspapers to work. 

Audience members will need to download the free Clubhouse App and join via a link shared shortly before the event. The experience is like joining a live radio show and is led by Victoria, an experienced Clubhouser, who will show us how it’s done.

Professor Nicole N. Aljoe is an associate professor of English and African American Studies at Northeastern University. Her recent publications include Caribbean Slave Narratives in The Oxford Handbook of African American Slave Narratives. She is co-editor of Journeys of the Slave Narrative in the Early Americas (2014) and of Islands in the Stream: The Early Caribbean in Literary History (forthcoming Palgrave MacMillan). She is also the author of Creole Testimonies, Slave Narratives from the British West Indies, 1709–1838 (Palgrave McMillian, 2004).

Victoria Princewill FRSA is a British novelist of west African descent. Her novel In the Palace of Flowers tells the forgotten story of enslaved Abyssinians, black people living in the Qajar court of Iran. Victoria’s essay, ‘What’s in a Name?’ for Granta magazine, was deemed ‘Best of the Literary Internet’ by Literary Hub. She has bylines in the Guardian, Independent, n+1 magazine, the LRB, gal-dem, and the BBC. She has an MA in Literature from Oxford, an MA in Philosophy from UCL and is currently doing another graduate degree at KCL in neuroscience.

Dr Mia Ridge is the British Library’s Digital Curator for Western Heritage Collections. As part of the Library’s Digital Scholarship team, she helps enable research based on the British Library’s digital collections. Her current projects involve crowdsourcing the transcription of historical playbills, and experimenting with machine learning-based methods. Her edited volume, Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage (Ashgate) was published in October 2014.

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Name: Crowdsourcing our Cultural History: From the Archives into our Lives
Where: Entrance Hall
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96 Euston Road
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