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Graduate Digital Research Assistant - Early Black Boston Digital Almanac & Mapping Black London

The digital research assistant will be tasked with helping to improve the user experience of both websites, as well as exhibit curation and creation. RA's will also help to devise and edit digital curriculum materials for use in K-12 and general community education contexts. There will also be opportunities to engage in research about the Black presence in online archives and—if and when necessary and possible—in local Boston-area archives such as the Central Library, Harvard’s Widener and Houghton libraries, the Boston Athenaeum, or the Massachusetts Historical Society. For the Mapping Black London project, assistants will also make use of extant data sets created by other projects such as UCL’s Centre for the Legacies of British Slavery (LBS) database of British slave-ownership and the London Metropolitan Archive’s ‘Switching the Lens’ project.

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  • Semester:

    Spring 2024


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  • Project Title

    Early Black Boston Digital Almanac & Mapping Black London

  • Faculty / Project Lead

    Nicole N. Aljoe

  • Project Description

    The Early Black Boston Digital Almanac (EBBDA) and Mapping Black London (MBL) are two digital Humanities projects that draw upon the affordances of digital techniques and strategies to illuminate aspects of Early Black Atlantic histories and cultures. In addition to refining the user experiences for both projects, both projects offer a variety of opportunities for community engagement: EBBDA works closely with faculty from Boston Public schools by providing curriculum materials for use in their classrooms. The MBL project is in the process of developing a plan for providing curriculum materials for use in UK schools and a key aspect of this position would involve creating materials for use in the classroom.

  • Qualifications Necessary

    Interested candidates should have a familiarity with WordPress, and with Excel or Google Sheets. HTML/CSS experience is desirable but not required. An interest in or prior experience with community or K-12 public education would be welcome. An interest in or a willingness to learn about digital technologies, digital humanities work, and/or 18th- and 19th-century Black Atlantic/Africana cultural studies, will also be particularly welcome. Additional responsibilities may include: • Transcription of primary source materials • Working with meta-data • Exhibit building/curation • Extracting images from texts • Contributing to website-building

  • Hours per Week

    10 Hour Position