I just typed out a really long introduction, accidentally clicked off of the page, and lost all of that text. Ironic for someone who just wrote that they know how to use the internet. I'll keep it shorter and sweeter this time, since most of that information will come out anyway over the course of interacting with all of you!
I'm a first-year Ph.D. student in the English department at Cornell University, and my interests are in nineteenth century African American literature, particularly slave narratives. My previous work on enslavement and the digital used the concept of code as a way of thinking through trauma, as well as in delivery (it was a multi-media website). I don't know how this will change as I move forward in my program, but concepts such as virtuality and posthumanism stand out to me as points of interest.
I am also part of a video game working group titled the_critical_is, in which we play video games and blog about them. We started out focusing exclusively on games that represented enslavement (i.e. Assassin's Creed: Freedom's Cry) but have since expanded our game repertoire and our theoretical concerns. I am still largely focused on these questions of representing enslavement, but others in the group write/will be writing about gaming history and culture at large, or on games that don't represent enslavement. The blogging part of our journey has just begun, but check us out at gaming.thecritical.is.
Lastly, I am interested in community outreach. I volunteered at a coding workshop with Black Girls Code! this past summer, and even though I don't know how to code (yet!) I want to find ways to stay involved in teaching young black girls or any underrepresented group how to code. Even if they don't end up in STEM fields, as is the aim of BGC, I think that having the knowledge necessary to manipulate and use digital media to your advantage in whatever field you're in is important--hence why I am here, naturally--and I want to find ways to keep doing that outreach work.
That's part of me, in a nutshell! If any of these things click with you please reach out to me! I'm on Twitter @_superluminal and I'd love to start meeting people.