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Matrix involved in Alliance for African Partnership conference in Dakar, Senegal

Recently, from February 21 to March 2, Michael Green represented Matrix on a trip to Dakar, Senegal with the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP). The goals of the trip included building interdisciplinary, inter-institutional communication, collaboration, and partnerships, and Michael helped facilitate meetings between existing Matrix partners and representatives from the AAP. The trip presented excellent…

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Matrix scholars visit Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in India for cultural exchange

In 2017, Matrix collaborated with the MSU Museum to continue building exciting partnership activities with the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) in Pune, India. The MSU Museum launched a formal staff exchange program with BORI in September 2016 that focuses on Indian and Indian American history and culture, and as part of this exchange Dr….

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MSU receives $1.5M Mellon Foundation grant to build extensive database on the historic slave trade

Matrix is excited to announce Enslaved: The People of the Historic Slave Trade, a project supported by a $1.47 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project will create an online data hub that will bring together many datasets of African slavery and the Atlantic slave trade. Previously, projects archiving the history of…

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African Studies Association Workshop and Podcasts

The 60th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association took place recently (November 16-18), and many faculty and staff members associated with Matrix presented there. In particular, Matrix’s Dean Rehberger and Mike Green were very active in several ways at the conference. Together they organized a pre-conference workshop titled “Web Presence, Identity, and Podcasting,” which…

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ASA Annual Meeting Podcast Series feat. Profs. Limb and Alegi

ASA Annual Meeting Podcast Series feat. Profs. Limb and Alegi The African Studies Association, in collaboration with the Africa Past and Present podcast, launched a new podcast series at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. (December 1-3, 2016). Professors Limb and Alegi, in partnership with Mike Green and the Matrix Digital Lab, recorded interviews…

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Louisiana Freed Slaves Data Now Available on Slave Biographies

Louisiana Freed Slaves Data Now Available on Slave Biographies Dr. Brian Mitchell teams up with Matrix and the Department of History to publish data on almost 3,000 freed slaves from Antebellum New Orleans. MSU Matrix Center for the Digital Humanities and the Department of History are pleased to announce the publication online of data about…

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The Institute on Digital Archaeology Method & Practice: Livestream

The Institute on Digital Archaeology Method & Practice: Livestream Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and organized by Michigan State University’s Department of Anthropology and MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, the Institute on Digital Archaeology Method & Practice will bring together archaeologists and closely associated scholars interested in developing…

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The Journal of West African History’s International Launch Conference

The Journal of West African History’s International Launch Conference The Journal of West African History (JWAH) hosted the International Launch Conference on “The State of the Field and New Directions” at the Marriott at University Place in East Lansing. On Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 2016, scholars and students were brought together to…