The Gilder Lehrman Center Brown Bag Lecture Series presents:
Dr. Nazera Sadiq Wright: “Digital Girls: Mapping Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century.”
The goal of Dr. Nazera Sadiq Wright’s Digital Gi(RL)s: Mapping Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century project is to make histories of black girlhood visible and accessible. Digital gi(RL)s uses GIS mapping technologies and archival sources to trace the movement, lifestyles and cultural activities of black girls living in the Northeast during the 1870’s and 1880’s. By transcribing signatures and inscriptions in black girls’ autograph albums, translating their diaries, and mining program announcements from classical music concerts and performances, Dr. Wright reveals how black girls found freedom through network-building and ephemeral communication practices post-Emancipation.