Thursday, February 11, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dr. Vanessa M. Holden
Co-sponsored by Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, Transnational Studies, the UB Center for Diversity Innovation
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Freedom on the Move (FOTM) is an open access crowdsourced database project aimed at transcribing and coding thousands of advertisements placed by enslavers and jailors for fugitives from American slavery. Often called runaway ads, these important primary sources are a rich record of enslaved people’s resistance and American slavery’s cruelty.
Based at the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER), FOTM’s lead faculty include Ed Baptist (Cornell), Vanessa M. Holden (UB Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Center for Diversity Innovation), Hasan Kwame Jeffries (Ohio State), Molly Mitchel (UNOLA), and Josh Rothman (Alabama). Dr. Holden will speak about these fraught sources and the ethical implications of cataloguing them.
CO-SPONSORS: Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, Transnational Studies, the UB Center for Diversity Innovation
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Dr. Vanessa M. Holden is an assistant professor of History and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Holden’s current book project, tentatively titled, Surviving Southampton: Gender and Community the Southampton Rebellion of 1831 (University of Illinois Press), explores the contributions that African American women and children made to Nat Turner’s Rebellion. Her writing has been published in Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies, Perspectives on History, Process: A Blog for American History, and The Rumpus. She also blogs for Black Perspectives and The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History. She co-organizes the Queering Slavery Working Group (#QSWG) with Jessica Marie Johnson (Johns Hopkins University). Dr. Holden serves as a faculty adviser on a number of public history and digital humanities projects including: Freedom on the Move (a digital archive of runaway slave adds); Black Horsemen of the Kentucky.
Areas of Interest/Special Expertise: Interdisciplinary projects (arts/social sciences/African American Studies); public history/digital history; queer/LGBTQ history and studies.
PhD, African American and Women’s and Gender History, Rutgers University; BA, History and English, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College
This presentation will be offered free of charge online.