Digital Storytelling Colloquium: Kenton Rambsy

Thursday, November 3, 2022 4pm to 5pm

Digital Storytelling Colloquium presentation

“Why Data Rich African American Stories Matter”
Kenton Rambsy, Associate Professor of African American Literature and Digital Humanities at the University of Texas at Arlington


Recording Available on YouTube.

In this presentation, Dr. Kenton Rambsy will highlight the significance of data rich African American storytelling by illuminating the more than 400 locations and 600 characters referenced Edward P. Jones’s short fiction. This project sheds light on the importance of applying data-driven research to the study of African American compositions.

Kenton Rambsy is an Associate Professor of African American literature and Digital Humanities at the University of Texas at Arlington. His areas of research include 20th and 21st century African American short fiction, Hip Hop, and book history. His on-going Digital Humanities projects use datasets to illuminate the significance of recurring trends and thematic shifts as it relates black writers and verbal artists. His most recent book, The Geographies of African American Short Stories (2022), illuminates an important, though often understudied, mode of literary art by interpreting writers’ depictions of characters navigating distinct social and physical environments. 


The IDRH Digital Storytelling Colloquium is a series of virtual events focused on the ethics, politics, and techniques of digital storytelling. Stretched over the length of the academic year, the events feature exemplary projects from across the world and across the KU campus, model digital storytelling practices, and introduce participants to a range of digital storytelling tools. The vision of the colloquium is to build a community of inquiry and an incubator for ideas.   

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