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Smithsonian Magazine article on Enslaved project

We are excited about the article in the Smithsonian Magazine, “A Massive New Database Will Connect Billions of Historic Records to Tell the Full Story of American Slavery.” As the article notes, Enslaved will be launching in the Spring of 2020. We are currently adding resources to our database. If you would like to contribute…

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Enslaved Conference Livestream

The Enslaved Conference at Michigan State University will be live streamed on Youtube here beginning at 8:30am EST on March 8th & 9th, 2019. 

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Less than two weeks until the Enslaved Conference, March 8-9

In under two weeks, the Enslaved: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade International Conference will be taking place at Michigan State University. The conference is taking place from March 8-9, 2019 in the RCAH Theatre, Snyder Hall, Terrace Level, 362 Bogue St., East Lansing, MI 48825 More than 50 scholars from around the globe will be in attendance…

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Preview of the new African Online Digital Library (AODL) Launched

Matrix: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences is pleased to announce the launch of a preview for the new African Online Digital Library (  Since 2000, the African Online Digital Library (AODL) has served as a portal to Matrix’s many digital projects focusing on African topics, featuring African voices, and providing access to…

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Enslaved: October Meeting with Partners

On October 8-9, 2018, Matrix hosted a second meeting in East Lansing, Michigan, with Enslaved project partners to share updates and collectively work through the data model. Over two breakout sessions, the Enslaved project partners refined controlled vocabulary terms for key Enslaved concepts such as Person Status, Event Type, and Document Type. Matrix presented on…

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Enslaved Conference coming March 8-9, 2019!

In March 2019, Michigan State will host an international conference, “Enslaved: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade.” For more information, see our Call for Papers below! Enslaved: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan March 8-9, 2019 This is a call for papers for an international conference, “Enslaved: Peoples of…

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Enslaved Project Update: March Meeting with Partners

On March 11-12, 2018, Matrix convened a meeting at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, with Enslaved project partners. These 11 experts in the field of the historic slave trade are members of an Enslaved advisory group providing guidance on the development of the project. In attendance were Walter Hawthorne, Enslaved co-PI from Michigan…

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

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 opportunities…

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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…