DH as Restorative Social Justice

 

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Angel Nieves is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Hamilton College and current co-director of Hamilton’s Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi). Nieves’ scholarly work and community-based activism critically engages with issues of memory, heritage preservation, gender and nationalism at the intersections of race and the built environment in cities across the Global South. Nieves is the associate editor of Fire!!!: A Multimedia Journal of Black Studies, an online journal of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
His most recent research explores the building of a multimodal information environment to discuss Soweto’s past, present, and future redevelopment – addressing cultural practices of remembrance, reconciliation and empowerment with a view towards an integrative approach to social justice and the practice of digital humanities scholarship. Nieves completed his doctoral work in architectural history and Africana Studies at Cornell University.

On October 29th, Prof. Angel David Nieves gave a talk at Amherst College to students, faculty, and staff from the Five Colleges that explored the building of a multimodal information environment to discuss cultural practices of remembrance, reconciliation and empowerment in the South African township of Soweto.

The lecture engaged the ethics of 3D historical avatar modeling, digital testimonies and witnessing, and GIS reconstructions of contested spaces in the decades that have followed and echoed South Africa’s apartheid.