Response: Kaffir Time

“Kaffir Time’: Preindustrial Temporal Concepts and Labor Discipline in Nineteenth Century Colonial Natal”, by Keletso Atkins, explores the relationship between the culture of the Zulu in South Africa during colonization, and the attempts of colonizers to contract work from the native population. Central to the article are concepts of time and labor, and how discrepancies … More Response: Kaffir Time

Response: Nation on Board

Lynn Schler’s Nation on Board: Becoming Nigerian at Sea investigates the history of Nigerian Seamen during the transition from colonialism to nationalism in Nigeria. Schler’s account turns to cultural, economic, and political factors that defined and reshaped the identity of Nigerian Seamen, and seeks to illuminate the entanglements of decolonization and national identity. The account of Nigerian … More Response: Nation on Board

Response: “The Promise and Challenges of Global Labor History”

Marcel van der Linden’s “The Promise and Challenges of Global Labor History” discusses the relatively recent development of Global Labor History (GLH) and the problems facing the field. Central to van der Linden’s argument is the need to include all forms of labor in labor history, where previously the discipline had arbitrarily left out many … More Response: “The Promise and Challenges of Global Labor History”

Kora – Currently not allowing new projects?

This week’s blog entry is meant to be a reaction to MSU MATRIX’s Kora platform. Unfortunately, after creating an account, there appears to be no usability at this time, as the website does not allow the creation of new projects. However, the interface appears overwhelming superior to Omeka, and if it was allowing new projects, … More Kora – Currently not allowing new projects?

Omeka Content Management System: When does metadata trump design and usability?

Given that the project for this class will be utilizing a wealth of documents, media, and even possibly material culture from the Reuther Library’s collections, it should go without saying that an adequate strategy for handling meta-data would be part of this project. While the term metadata is pretty common and the average person has … More Omeka Content Management System: When does metadata trump design and usability?