The AfroChicanx Digital Humanities Project: Memories, Narratives, and Oppositional Consciousness of Black Diasporas funded by the Crossing Latinidades Humanities Initiative via the Mellon Foundation uses digital humanities tools and oral history methods, to create an AfroChicanx multimodal bilingual digital archive for undergraduate students, local and transnational communities, and academic departments. Project PI’s: Dr. Michelle Téllez (UArizona), Dr. Dora Careaga (UNM), Dr. Micaela Diaz-Sanchez (UCSB), for any questions contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a community memory project, and our goal is to preserve, amplify, and disseminate the histories and experiences of AfroMexican, AfroChicanxs, Blaxicans, and AfroHispanos in the Borderlands. Currently, our three sites are New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
There will be a series of events the week of Oct. 9-13, 2023 in Tucson, AZ - including a public lecture and workshops. Please find details below:
Week of Events:
Monday, Oct. 9: Public Lecture and Reception
“AfroChicanx Digital Humanities Project: Memories, Narratives, and Oppositional Consciousness of Black Diasporas”
ENR2 Rm. S107 (University of Arizona campus)
5:30pm Reception, 6:15pm Panel starts
Please join us for a reception and conversation with Dr. Linda Garcia Merchant (University of Houston), Dr. Micaela Díaz-Sánchez (UC Santa Bárbara), Dr. Dora Careaga-Coleman (University of New Mexico) along with artist and photojournalist Koral Carballo (Poza Rica, Veracruz) who will discuss how their work engages with the histories and experiences of AfroMexican, AfroChicanxs, Blaxicans, and AfroHispanos in the Borderlands.
Community Workshops – these two workshops will be held in three locations throughout the week, details below:
First workshop will explore photography as a resource to reconstruct family, identity and community genealogy. We are also going to reflect on Afro-descendants in Mexico and its Afrochicanx diaspora. We invite you to bring your Family Album photos to share, and if you don't have them, we'll share tools on how to digitize them.
The second workshop will focus on Flavors of the African Diaspora, especially the African origins of Mexican foods. This will be an interactive dialogue about the importance of Afromexican foodways as a form of cultural retention with sensorial engagement with food, through touch, taste, and storytelling.
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023: On-campus Workshop
University of Arizona
Guerrero Student Center, Lounge
Cesar Chavez Building, Rm. 211
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023: Community Workshop
325 W 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85705
Historic Dining Hall
(Park in Dunbar’s Upper Parking lot, enter from Main Ave.)
Friday, Oct. 11, 2023: Community Workshop
Consulado de Mexico en Tucson
3915 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85711
Galeria Leonore Carrington
Thursday - Saturday (Oral History Interviews)
We will be conducting oral histories to document the experiences of Afro-Chicanidad/Mexicaness in the Arizona borderlands. We want to hear and document your story. Please sign up here: bit.ly/afrochicanx