"Digital Play: Mapping Journeys and Digitizing Stories"
Dr. Anita Gonzalez comes to the University of Michigan after serving as a Professor and Provost Fellow at the State University of New York – New Paltz. Her research and publications interests are in the fields of intercultural performance and ethnic studies and particularly the way in which performance reveals histories and identities in the Americas and in transnational contexts.
In her talk Gonzalez will discuss how digital technologies dynamically visualize stories and histories. What are best practices in developing digital history research with students? Gonzalez is currently working with University of Michigan library staff on a prototype web-based, geo-spatial, interactive tool that maps the life, travels, performances, cultural context and repertoire of the 19th-century actor Ira Aldridge.
Anita Gonzalez's publications include a co-edited anthology Black Performance Theory this spring (Duke University Press, 2014), Afro-Mexico: Dancing Between Myth and Reality (University of Texas Press, 2010) and Jarocho’s Soul (Roman and Littlefield, 2004). Other publications include articles about cruise ship culture (“Maritime Scenography and the Spectacle of Cruising” Performance Research International, 2013), utopia in Urban Bush Women performance (Modern Drama, 2004), archetypes of African identity in Central America (“Mambo and the Maya,” Dance Research Journal, 2004), and the pedagogy of teaching African American Drama (Theatre Topics, 2009).