WORKSHOP:  Database Construction and the African Diaspora
The Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora

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With support from:
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Ontario Innovation Trust
York University

July 2-12, 2002
York University, Toronto

The Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora hosted a Workshop on Database Construction and the African Diaspora, July 2-12, at York University. The purpose of the Workshop was to explore issues relating to database construction on topics of the African diaspora. The Workshop was organized over two weeks, beginning with two days of formal presentations, followed by a week and a half of targeted workshops devoted to database construction.

On 2-3 July, there were formal presentations of database projects, followed by discussion. From 4-12 July, there were informal working sessions devoted to database construction. Selected projects currently underway were identified at a plenary session for the working sessions. There were opportunity to work with various databases.

The Workshop is intended for graduate students and scholars studying the African diaspora, and specifically will allow a hands-on approach to databases and their construction. Computers and databases were available for registered participants. Graduate students at York University were assigned specific projects as assistants in the use and modification of existing databases and in the construction or expansion of current projects.

Database Construction and the African Diaspora
Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora
Department of History

Monday, July 1st

Evening - BBQ, Assiniboine
Tuesday, July 2nd
(Stedman Lecture Hall A)

8:30 AM - Registration and coffee

9:30 AM - Welcome

10:00 AM - Opening Session - "The Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora: A Digital Facility"

    Chair: Paul E. Lovejoy
    Dominic Lam, IBM
    Richard Pompilli, Advanced Solutions Group
    Eugene Onutan, Tubman Centre

12:30 PM - Lunch

3:00 PM- Presentations of Databases -

    Chair: Joseph Adandé

    David Richardson, "Voyage Database Expansion and Related Databases"

    Manolo Florentino, "Biographical Database for Rio de Janeiro"

Gwendolyn Hall, "Mining Notarial Documents Databases: What We Can Learn From Them"

Rina Cáceres Gómez, "Proyecto de archivos centroamericanos: los afrocentroamericanos a traves de los archivos parroquiales y notariales"

6:00 PM - Reception

Evening - Dinner with Cultural and Musical Entertainment
Wednesday, July 3rd
(Stedman Lecture Hall A)

9:00 AM - Presentations of Databases

    Chair: David Trotman

Viktoria Schmidt-Linsenhoff, "Memories of slavery. Trauma and representation in European and West- African art and visual culture. A database as instrument of research and transcultural communication."

Mariza de Carvalho Soares, "Imagens da escravidão no Brasil."

Yacine Daddi Addoun, "Slave Related Documents: Archives Nationales d'Algerie"

Carolyn Brown, "Memories of Horror and Loss: African Voices in the Atlantic Slave Trade - The Challenges of an Oral History of the Slave Trade and its Legacy in Southeastern Nigeria"

Kimberley Davis and Peter Nagourney, "Sojourner Truth Terminus Database Project on the Underground Railroad"

12:30 PM- Lunch

2:30 PM - Presentations of Databases

    Chair: Rafael Díaz

Renée Soulodre-La France, "A Database of the Enslaved Belonging to the Company of Jesus in Nueva Granada"

    Alison Games, "Biographical Databases and European Migration in the North     Atlantic"

    Rick Halpern, "Documenting the Louisiana Sugar Economy: An Ongoing Data Project"

    Jane Landers, "Sacramental and Civil Records of Eighteenth-Century Florida"

    José Curto, "Recaptured Fugitive Slaves in Angola, 1846-1877"

5:00 PM - Plenary Session: Discussion of Workshop Themes

    Chair: Nicolas Rogers

Evening - Dinner with Cultural and Musical Entertainment

Thursday, July 4th
9:30 - Workshops (Founders College)

Workshop A. Historical Atlas of Slavery
Workshop B. Biographical Database
Workshop C. Voyage Database
Workshop D. Slave Registry Data
Workshop E. Underground Railroad Database
Workshop F. Arabic Databases
Workshop G. Image Databases

4:00 - Reports on Databases

    David Eltis and Ugo Nwokeji, "Methodological Considerations in the Creation of
the Database of Nineteenth-Century Recaptive Africans."

Evening: Pub Night, Cock n Bull
Friday, July 5th
Workshops (Founders College)

Evening: Chez Lovejoy

Weekend - see events
Week Two
9:30 AM - Workshops

4:00 PM - Reports on Databases

João José Reis
Ibrahim Hamza
Ismael Musah Montana
Rafael Díaz Díaz
Joseph Adandé

Thursday, July 11 - Femi Kuti concert

Invited Presenters and Workshop Leader

Joseph Adandé (Université d'Abomey-Calavi, Bénin): Image database
Yacine Daddi Addoun (York University, Canada): Arabic databases
Carolyn Brown (Rutgers University, USA): video database
Rina Cáceres Gómez (Universidad de Costa Rica): Central America database/Atlas
José Curto (York University, Canada): Angola demography
Kimberley Davis (Adrian College) Underground Railroad
Rafael Díaz Díaz (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogota, Colombia): Demographic database
David Eltis (Queen's University, Canada): Voyage database/others
Manolo Florentino (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): Biographical database
Alison Games (Georgetown University, USA): Biographical database
Gwendolyn Hall (USA): Louisiana databases
Rick Halpern (University of Toronto) Louisiana sugar economy
Ibrahim Hamza (York University, Canada): Hausa oral text
Mohammed Kassim (York University, Canada): Arabic court records
Jane Landers (Vanderbilt University, USA): Hispanic materials
Paul Lovejoy (York University, Canada): Digital library
Ismael Musah Montana (York University, Canada): Arabic documents, Tunisia
Peter Nagourney (Adrian College) Underground Railroad
Ugo Nwokeji (University of Connecticut) Biographical database
Olatunji Ojo (York University, Canada): biographical database
João José Reis (Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil): Bahia database
David Richardson (University of Hull, UK): Voyage database/others
Mohammed Bashir Salau (York University, Canada): Nigerian archival documents
Viktoria Schmidt-Linsenhoff (Trier Universität, Germany): Image database
Mariza de Carvalho Soares (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil): Image database
Renée Soulodre-La France (York University, Canada): Colombia database
David Trotman (York University, Canada): registries of enslaved population, Trinidad

Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora
Department of History
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3

202-B Founders College
416-736-2100    ext. 33058
Fax: 416-650-8173

Additional Events:

Tour of Ontario Underground Railroad sites
Exhibit on the Underground Railroad, Royal Ontario Museum
Dance/musical evening, Friday, 5 July, at Founders College
Informal evening at chez Lovejoy, 28 Oriole Gardens, Saturday, 6 July
A day in "cottage country" - Sunday, 7 July
Farewell dinner and party, organized by graduate students, Friday, 12 July

Department of History, York University,  Toronto, Canada
Fax: (416) 650-8173