I am a black feminist/radical woman of color digital humanist and media maker interested in ways images and texts created in difficult pasts resonate across digital and social media. I’m invested in researching, teaching, discussing and disseminating Atlantic African diaspora history, life and culture across multiple platforms. My praxis is anti-oppression, feminist and social justice oriented.
African Diaspora, Ph.D. (#ADPhD)
Founded in 2008, African Diaspora, Ph.D. (#ADPhD) showcases scholars and scholarship in the field of Atlantic African diaspora history. Today, it is a bibliography and digital humanities resource highlighting research, teaching, scholarship, and scholars in the field of Atlantic African Diaspora history. There art, culture, labor, and politics of people of African descent in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the African continent is explored through books, articles, news, interviews with academics, and much more. #ADPhD also shares digital media, resources, and tools relevant to researching, teaching, and discussing Atlantic African Diaspora history. In 2012, #ADPhD expanded into Tumblr and welcomed Kidada Williams (Associate Professor, Wayne State University) to the #ADPhD team. In 2014, #ADPhD expanded to Facebook with Ana-Lucia Araujo (Associate Professor, Howard University) as an additional collaborator. #ADPhD is also on Twitter and Pinterest as The #ADPhD Museum.
Future plans include enlisting curators and contributors on these and newer social media sites (Instagram, Snapchat), adding pages devoted to curriculum and pedagogy, and soliciting contributions for original content, especially material bridging the past and present divide.
Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog
Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog is a personal blog, showcase and workspace authored solely by me. In the tradition of blogging and radical media, it is serves many purposes. It is a space to highlight news and work of interest in several broad and intersecting categories — digital black studies (#DH), Afrxlatinidad, black/queer/diaspora theory and history, New Orleans and its African diaspora, women and slavery, and Afrofuturism. In the tradition of radical womyn of color media making, I am committed to blogging as radical media and protecting the sanctity of the draft space, by writing in public, sharing research, writing, and items of intimate interest to me and various writing projects without pressure to appear final or in a polished form, and broaching transgressive, uncomfortable topics without fear or reservation. Radical media, in short, as a commitment to process, possibility, and promise. As a project, it is a digital approximation of my intellectual production and creative worlds; it is where the ephemera of the 17th and 18th centuries meet the 21st, where slavery’s afterlives, alter egos performativity, and black speculative imagination as resistance come together.
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Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog works in conjunction with the Codex.
Volume 1: Seeing Dark Matter explores black visual culture across time and space. It is blogging black diasporic visual literacy.
Volume 3: Afrx Wanders…(Diaspora Hypertext), an extension of Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog, captures Atlantic slavery ephemera, the flotsam and jetsam of history, in present-day form, alongside digital storytelling, black feminist auto-ethnography, and autobiography.
Volume 4: The FWoC/FWoAD Codebook, a response to Beyonce’s visual album Lemonade
Each volume is housed on Tumblr, a social media platform in which wave of reblogs, shares, and remediation that occur as posts are published and distributed among friends and followers. More than fluid, such dispersal defies the linear and stratified logic suggesting something of the communal and polyamorous reproduction of knowledge reminiscent of the cacophony of cosmologies crashing together as Africans moved among plantations societies. As a result, there is no linear here. The only logic is ritual.
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#IKilledKismet | #NowILiveHere – For more on the #AntiJemimas see:
Nuñez, Kismet. “On Alter Egos and Infinite Literacies, Part I.” The AntiJemima Life. October 11, 2011. [Click Here]
Johnson, Jessica Marie and Kismet Nuñez. “On Alter Egos and Infinite Literacies, Part 2 (An #AntiJemimas Imperative),” presented on the panel titled, I’m a MuthaFking Monster: Alter Egos, New Media and Black/Queer Performativity, American Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2012.
For more on “Alter Egos, Part 2” see:
Barnett, Fiona M. “The Brave Side of Digital Humanities.” Differences 25, no. 1 (January 1, 2014): 64–78. [Click Here]
McMillan, Uri. Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance. New York: NYU Press, 2015. [Click Here]
Johnson, Jessica Marie and Kismet Nuñez. “Alter Egos and Infinite Literacies, Part III: How to Build a Real Gyrl in 3 Easy Steps.” The Black Scholar 45, no. 4 (October 2, 2015): 47–61. [Click Here]
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