Digital Harlem at the Library of Congress

Stephen Robertson will be speaking about Digital Harlem at Collections as Data: IMPACT symposium at the Library of Congress, on July 25, 2017, in a talk entitled “Data in Place: Using Digital Harlem to map historical sources.” The event will be live-streamed, and recordings of the presentations will be available on YouTube.

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Mapping a Riot: Harlem, 1935

Cross-posted from drstephenrobertson.com On March 19, 2016, I participated in the Working Group on Interpreting the History of Race Riots and Racialized Mass Violence in the Context of “Black Lives Matter,” at the National Council on Public History Conference, in Baltimore. Prior to the meeting, members of the Working Group contributed short posts on their projects… Continue reading Mapping a Riot: Harlem, 1935

Putting Women on the Map

On May 21, I am presenting a paper entitled “Putting Women on the Map: Gender and Everyday Life in 1920s Harlem” at the Women’s History in the Digital World Conference at Bryn Mawr College ABSTRACT This paper focuses on Digital Harlem, an award winning web-based geospatial digital history project on everyday life in the 1920s, to explore… Continue reading Putting Women on the Map

What was life like in 1920s Harlem?

On April 24, 2015, I’m presenting a paper entitled “What Was Life Like in 1920s Harlem?” at the Sawyer Seminar on The Ghetto: Concept, Conditions, and Connections in Transnational Historical Perspective, from the 11th Century to the Present, hosted by the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy, at Carnegie Mellon University. A chapter based on this presentation… Continue reading What was life like in 1920s Harlem?

Roundtable at the Urban History Association Biennial Conference

I'll be discussing Digital Harlem as part of my contribution to this roundtable:Roundtable at the Urban History Association Biennial Conference, Philadelphia, October 10, 2014Chair and Moderator: LaDale Winling, Virginia TechParticipants:Colin Gordon, University of IowaSusan Lawrence, Ohio State UniversityStephen Robertson, George Mason University, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New MediaJ. Mark Souther, Cleveland State University,… Continue reading Roundtable at the Urban History Association Biennial Conference

Digital Harlem at the University of Pennsylvania

On April 1, I'll be giving two talks on Digital Harlem at the University of Pennsylvania. Behind the Scenes at Digital Harlem Tools-and-Techniques in the Digital Humanities, Digital Humanities Forum TIME: 12:30-2:00pm LOCATION: Penn Library Digital Harlem is one of the earliest digital history projects to use Google Maps to visualize a range of historical… Continue reading Digital Harlem at the University of Pennsylvania

Digital Harlem Talks

In December 2012 & January 2013, I will be giving a series of talks on Digital Harlem in the US & UK:   “Digital Harlem,” Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University,  December 11, 2012   "Mapping Everyday Life: Digital Harlem, 1915-1930," Digital History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, January 8, 2013  … Continue reading Digital Harlem Talks

Populating a Building in 1920s Harlem: 116 West 144th Street

Aggregated census data have been important in establishing the character of Harlem as a black neighbourhood.  Census schedules individualize that data, and perhaps more importantly for Digital Harlem, locate individuals at an address, in a specific place. So while I use census schedules to identify and trace individuals, I just as often use them to… Continue reading Populating a Building in 1920s Harlem: 116 West 144th Street

The 1940 Census as Digital Data

On April 10, 2012, I will be a participant in a roundtable discussion on the 1940 Census at the Digital Innovation Lab at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  The other panelists are Constance Potter from the National Archives and Records Administration and Kenton McHenry, a Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing… Continue reading The 1940 Census as Digital Data

Digital Harlem at the Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting

I will be presenting a paper on Digital Harlem at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Milwaukee, on April 21.  The paper is part of a session called "The Challenge of Virtual Cities" that also involves Bobby Allen from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Session Abstract: This session will… Continue reading Digital Harlem at the Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting