Conference Agenda

Why Data-Rich African American Stories Matter
Saturday, 26/Feb/2022:
10:30am - 11:30am

Session Chair: Brian Croxall
Location: B192 JFSB

Education in Zion Theatre

Conference Keynote


Why Data-Rich African American Stories Matter

Kenton Rambsy

University of Texas at Arlington, United States of America

Numerous African American creators have produced data-rich stories, that is, narratives embedded with large quantities of information. Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois. Ida B. Wells. Toni Morrison. Colson Whitehead. The list goes on and on of African American storytellers whose works contain a multitude of reference points. Those of us in African American Studies and literary studies, however, have only recently begun actively engaging data management tools, mapping software, and other technical methods that can fully capture and illuminate and represent all these data-rich stories produced by black people.

In this presentation, Dr. Rambsy will highlight the significance of data-rich African American storytelling by illuminating the more than 400 locations and 600 characters referenced Edward P. Jones’s short fiction. This project sheds light on the importance of applying data-driven research to the study of African American compositions.