DEFCon’s Virtual Annual Meeting (VAM) will take place on May 13th, 2022 from 11am- 4pm EDT. All are welcome! The VAM is an space for the DEFCon community to come together to share our work and to provide opportunities for connection and networking. Attendance at the Virtual Annual Meeting is free, thanks to the support from the Mellon Foundation. To attend, register here.
We are pleased to kickoff the VAM with a keynote conversation between Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin (Furious Flower Poetry Center & James Madison University) and Dr. Sonya Donaldson (DEFCon co-PI and New Jersey City University). This will be followed by presentations from DEFCon Fellows and Mentors, as well as opportunity for connections and networking. The schedule is below.
DEFCon Virtual Annual Meeting Schedule – Register here
11:00am-12:00pm EDT: Keynote
Keynote Conversation with Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin (Furious Flower Poetry Center & James Madison University) and Dr. Sonya Donaldson (DEFCon co-PI and New Jersey City University)
Bio: Joanne Veal Gabbin is the Executive Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and Professor of English at James Madison University. She is author of Sterling A. Brown: Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition and a children’s book, I Bet She Called Me Sugar Plum. She is also the editor of The Furious Flowering of African American Poetry, Furious Flower: African American Poetry from the Black Arts Movement to the Present, Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy, Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers, Swaying in Wicked Grace: A Collection Commemorating 25 Years of Furious Flower, and Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry, with co-editor Lauren K. Alleyne.
12:30pm-2:00pm EDT: Panel 1
Tamika Sterrs-Howard (University of North Georgia), “Mapping Digital Jazz Topographies”
Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay (Texas A&M University Kingsville), “Digital Futures for South Texas Students”
Gisely Cólon López (CUNY), “Mapping for Retention, Teaching Our Institution’s History”
Theresa Avila (Cal State Channel Islands), “Beauty that ‘Lies’ in Our Own Backyard: Art and Data on U.S. National Parks”
2:15pm-3:15pm EDT: Panel 2
Mila Aponte-González (University of Puerto Rico – Río Piedras), “Enhancing Access to 1,2,3…Probando and Their Radio Dialogues on Cultural Production: Design Notes for a DH (Co)laboratory Course on Archival Processing of Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage”
Katherine D. Harris (San José State University), “Some Tips for Getting Digital with your Pedagogy”
Alicia Rodríguez (Emory University), “Mapping Asian American Narratives: Conception and Collaboration in DH Classes”
3:15-4:00pm: Connections and Networking
Join us to check in, say hello, and join regional breakout groups to foster connections