The Digital Black Atlantic. Roopika Risam and Kelly Baker Josephs, eds. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minneapolis Press, 2021. 272p. $124.32 (ISBN 978-1517910808).

Kellee E. Warren


Along with increased attention and investment in the digital humanities during the past two decades, there also seems to be increased attention to Black print, digital, and material culture. Editors Roopika Risam and Kelly Baker Josephs—active in the scholarly digital humanities conversation for some time—set out to assemble a collection of essays based on Paul Gilroy’s framework of The Black Atlantic, which theorizes that the intellectual legacy and life of Black peoples is not marginalized but transnational. The Digital Black Atlantic is a welcome addition to the University of Minnesota press Debates in the Digital Humanities annual series. This is the sixth volume in the series and serves as a departure from predominantly white discussions and practices in the digital humanities. In the 2016 collection, the notion of a Black digital humanities was advanced in Kim Gallon’s chapter, “Making a Case for the Black Digital Humanities,” and is frequently cited by the contributors of this volume.

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