The Commodity Histories Project, funded by the AHRC, and led by Dr Sandip Hazareesingh, is the first digital project in the UK that will provide public access to a crucial dimension of the histories of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America.
The project is being developed as part of the British Academy-funded Commodities of Empire project in the Faculty of Arts, which is a collaboration between Dr Sandip Hazareesingh and Dr Jonathan Curry-Machado and Professor Jean Stubbs from the University of London’s Institute for the Study of the Americas. Commodity Histories is also part of the OU Digital Humanities research programme and the development and use of the website will contribute significantly to its key objective of exploring how the use of digital technologies is transforming the research process.
The Project aims to:
- Raise public awareness of the histories and cultures of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America via their crucial role in the growing of crops and the production of commodities, that have contributed significantly to the making of the modern world and have become an indispensable aspect of people’s daily lives throughout the world;
- Enable scholars both within and beyond academia to share research information, source materials, works-in-progress, with a view to developing new online collaborations;
- Produce insights on the use of digital technologies and their implications in relation to collaborative processes, open access, and to how ‘differently’ they enable the past to be experienced.
The Project has three networking events planned, the first of which is detailed below. This event is primarily aimed at academic colleagues.
Networking Workshop 1
Designing a collaborative research web space: aims, plans and challenges of the Commodity Histories project.
Open University London Regional Centre, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, 6-7 September 2012
Day 1, Thursday 6 September 2012
9.30: Arrival and coffee
10.00: Welcome address
10.05-11.00: Session 1: Sandip Hazareesingh, Jon Curry-Machado, Mia Ridge, Aims, plans and challenges of the Commodity Histories project and website.
11.15-12.45: Session 2: Jim Clifford, Ewan Klein, Uta Hinrichs, Text Mining for the Nineteenth-Century Commodity Trade; Tim Hitchcock, Translating Data across Disciplinary Frontiers.
2.00-3.30: Session 3: Antonia Moon, Digitising India Office Records: Some Current Projects; Deborah Toner: Liberalism in the Americas: Building an International Network, Digital Library and Virtual Research Community;
3.45-5.15: Session 4: Bill Pidduck, Philippa Hubbard, Global Commodities: Preparing a Major Digital Resource; John McAleer, Curating Commodities: the East India Company gallery at the National Maritime Museum.
5.15: End of first day.
7.00: Conference dinner
Day 2, Friday 7 September 2012
9.30: Arrival and coffee
10.00-11.30: Session 5: Giorgio Riello, Early Modern Material Culture: Connecting Things & People; Ana Crespo: Trade Networks and Port Connections in the Hispanic Atlantic System: A Case Study of Use of Historical GIS.
11.45-1.15: Session 6: Bill Turkel, Creating Digital Infrastructure to Support Collaboration; Kate Lindsay, Writing History in New Ways.
2.30-4.00: Session 7: Implications of presentations for the development of the Commodity Histories website and for envisaged research collaborations. Roundtable discussion led by Sandip Hazareesingh and Jon Curry-Machado.
4.00-4.15: Closing address by Lorna Hardwick
4.15-5.00: Coffee and informal conversations
5.00: End of workshop
For further details, and to book, please contact Dr Hazareesinghvia firstname.lastname@example.org
Details of the Project may be found at the Commodity Histories site