Launch of Digital Atlas of Europe: postcolonial intellectuals

In collaboration with the Digital Humanities Lab, Professor of Media, Gender and Postcolonial Studies Sandra Ponzanesi and research assistant Julia de Lange launched the Digital Atlas of Postcolonial Europe: Postcolonial Intellectuals.

The Digital Atlas of Europe aims to visualise the connections of postcolonial intellectuals across time and space, within and beyond Europe. It offers a symbolic selection of major postcolonial figures whose presence and impact in the public sphere are visualised through three categories: life, work and legacy.

Life, work and legacy

These categories aim to capture major highlights in their biography and career (birth, academic affiliations), work across different genres and media (articles, books, public lectures, media appearances, films etc.) and legacy, namely the reception, dissemination and afterlife of their work and their influence (dedicated libraries, foundations, critical reception of their work, films and documentaries, obituaries, conferences etc.). The idea was to create a mobile data assemblage that shows crossings and connections, visualised through a timeline and a map.

Postcolonial Intellectuals and their European Public (PIN)

The Atlas was launched during the final PIN conference in Venice, 26-27 May 2022. The PIN project is funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) in the Internationalisation in the Humanities programme. Sandra Ponzanesi and Julia de Lange coordinated the project, in collaboration with the many PIN members who contributed to the data collection.