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Digital Footprints: The Freedom on the Move Project Online

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. Dr. Holden will speak about these fraught sources and the ethical implications of turning fugitives from slavery into data points, navigating racist language in the sources, and imbedding an ethic of care in how participants are asked to engage in building an archive. FOTM’s work bringing the database to K-12 classrooms and museums presents challenges familiar to digital humanists who must act as a bridge between cutting edge scholarship in the humanities and the practical needs of computational humanities teams, platforms, and user interfaces. 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, CDI), Hasan Kwame Jeffries (Ohio State), Molly Mitchel (UNOLA), and Josh Rothman (Alabama).   

Co-sponsored Global Gender Studies, Transnational Studies, History, Center for Diversity/Innovation

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Thursday, February 11, 2021
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
  Digital Scholarship  
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

Registration is required. There are 37 seats available.

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Stacy Snyder


Phone: 716-645-0774

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