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The Early Caribbean Digital Archive

Partnered with the Digital Library of the Caribbean(DLOC) and housed in Northeastern University’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks (NULabTMN), the Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA) is a highly interactive digital scholars lab for the collaborative research and study of pre-C20 Caribbean literature. The ECDA seeks to engage both scholars and students in a shared, critical study of the textual, material, and cultural histories of the Caribbean by providing them with innovative digital technologies and newly emerging discursive platforms for generating new knowledges of the Caribbean’s rich body of materials. 

Read more here about the history behind our project and our vision for its continued development in a combined Scholars Commons and Digital Text Analytics Lab.

We invite you to contribute items, transcriptions, and analyses to the ECDA. To participate in the shared building of the ECDA and it's exhibits, become a member of the ECDA Digital Scholars Lab — all are welcome!

Please create a user account here to begin collaborating.


Elizabeth Maddock Dillon Presents ECDA as "Radical Archive" at CUNY's Advanced Research Collaborative | September 4, 2014

On September 4, 2014, Co-Director of the ECDA, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, met with faculty and students at CUNY’s Advanced Research Collaborative to present and discuss the role of the ECDA in modeling “radical archive” building and practice. In “Radical Archival Practices and the Digital Humanities: The Early Caribbean Digital Archive,” the title of Dillon’s talk, she makes the case for the ECDA’s making good on the promise of digital archives — "the democratization of knowledge” — by facilitating the presentation and preservation of otherwise silenced literary and cultural histories through collaborative knowledge making and digital "remix and curation” practices. We invite you to read more on Dillon’s presentation from a response post written by Jeffrey Binder of CUNY’s Advanced Research Collaborative.

ECDA Presents at ALA | May 23, 2013

Elizabeth Hopwood and Benjamin J. Doyle present the ECDA at the American Literature Association conference (May 23-26, 2013 — "Interpretation, Interface, Archive, Classroom"). The title of their talk is, “Building the Early Caribbean Digital Archive.”

ECDA Acquires Critical Partnership with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)

Visit the dLOC's online database here.

ECDA's Nicole Aljoe Presents at Caribbean Studies Association's | June 3-7, 2013, Grenada

Nicole Aljoe along with Brooke Wooldridge (Digital Library of the Caribbean Program Director) presents "The Emergence of the Digital Humanities as a Comprehensive Approach to the Caribbean.”

ECDA's Elizabeth Maddock Dillon presents at the "Beyond Sweetness" Conference at Brown University | OCTOBER 24-27, 2013

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon will present, “The Cost of Sugar: Narratives of Loss of Life and Limb,” Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Elizabeth Hopwood composes a conference review of "Beyond Sweetness." Read more on this review here.

ECDA Receives dLOC Award | 2013

The Early Caribbean Digital Archive received recognition from the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) Partner Meeting at the 2013 ACURIL conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the category of "Digital Humanities." Read dLOC's 2012-2013 newsletter here.

The ECDA Goes to Martinique | December 11, 2013

Two members of the ECDA's Design and Development team, Elizabeth Hopwood (Lead TEI Developer) and Benjamin J. Doyle (Lead Omeka Site Developer) — along with Project Manager Nicole Aljoe, who will be presenting a paper — will be presenting a soft launch of the ECDA for attendees in Martinique at the PUF conference: Seeing Disciplines, Their Histories, and Our Futures Through The Caribbean.

Follow our live tweets of the event — @EcdaNULab #PUF2013.

Please look forward to our writeup of the event on our News page.

ECDA's Benjamin J. Doyle will present at Digital Humanities roundtable at MLA 2014

Benjamin J. Doyle and his colleagues will present their collaborative building of Alex Gil's "Around DH in 80 Days" on January 11, 2014 at the MLA conference in Chicago.

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