2014 Conference

African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture
September 19-21, 2014

The Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI

 Full Program Schedule

Kick-off Lecture: Thursday, September 18 at 5 p.m.

This Hallowed Place: The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the American South, 1954-1968
Shirley Wiegand, Marquette University & Wayne Wiegand, Florida State University

“The Bubbler” Room, Madison Central Public Library, 201 W. Mifflin Street. Open to the public


Keynote Lecture: Friday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Slavery, Black Visual Culture and the Promises and Problems of Print
P. Gabrielle Foreman, Ned B. Allen Professor of English and Professor of Black American Studies, University of Delaware

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L160, 800 University Avenue. Open to the public

Walking Directions from the Pyle Center to the Elvehjem

African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture

Recent scholarship has brought attention to the possibilities of disciplinary intersections of print and digital culture with African American studies. For example, Leon Jackson has suggested numerous “advantages to be gained from an alliance between book historians and scholars of African American cultures of print” (Book History 13, 2010). Recent edited collections like Cohen & Stein’s 2012 Early African American Print Culture and Hutchinson & Young’s 2013 Publishing Blackness are strong evidence in support of Jackson’s claim and the richness of the work to be done in this field.

By not framing itself within a particular period or form of expression, the conference seeks to further this conversation through a capacious exploration of African American print and digital cultures. We hope the conference will highlight work from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives and will explore diverse objects of study in African American media.

UW-Madison Libraries and Wisconsin Historical Society archives feature strong collections of African American literature, history, and culture, and may be of interest to visiting participants.

As with previous conferences, we anticipate producing a volume of essays expanded and developed from the conference for publication in the Center’s series, “Print Culture History in Modern America,” published by the University of Wisconsin Press. A list of books that the Center has produced is available at our website (http://www.slis.wisc.edu/chpchome.htm) and the press’ website (http://uwpress.wisc.edu/PrintCulture.html).

For information contact:
Jonathan Senchyne, Associate Director,
Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture


Anna Palmer, Coordinator,
Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture

Conference committee: Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, Ethelene Whitmire, Brigitte Fielder, Jonathan Senchyne

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