The documents digitized by our group cover a large span of time that runs from the early 20th century to modern day, with events being sprinkled throughout in Mozambique, Zimbabwe(Rhodesia), Namibia, South Africa, Antigua, Haiti, Cuba, Russia, The United States, Sudan, Rwanda, and many more places. The series of events that I think is most … More Group International Timeline
Jennifer Hart’s Ghana on the Go:, African Mobility in the Age of Motor Transport explores the culture of mobility that developed in response to motorized vehicles in Ghana, as well as the political, economic, and social outcomes of mass transit in the country. By doing so, Hart draws attention to an often overlooked topic within … More Review: Ghana on the Go
After generating a database of items to be digitized for this project, it is clear that the relationship between Mozambique, Namibia, and South Africa needs to be highlighted in detail, with timelines. South Africa’s occupation and control of Namibia up until the 80s merits close examination due to the overlapping issues of apartheid in South … More Project: Historiographical Issues
This blog post will look at two different digital archives, the Digital Transgender Archive and the Historical Papers Research Archive of Johannesburg, and provide an overview of each. Digital Transgender Archive (https://www.digitaltransgenderarchive.net/) is an archive of materials relating to transgender topics, and has a clean landing page with 3 drop down menus and a search … More Digital Archive Reviews
“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
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
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”
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?
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?
Greetings all, and welcome to the first of many blog entries that I will be writing for the 2017 WSU Digital History course. My name is Beau Kromberg, and this is my last semester for my MA in Anthropology, with a focus in Archaeology & Museum Studies. Although my major is not within the Department … More Introductions & Responses