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AskHistorians Podcast Episode 160: Conference Roundtable 2 - Using Quantitative Data to Disrupt Historical Narratives and Archives



This panel seeks to disrupt historically dominant narratives about the imperial systems of religion, settler colonialism, slavery, and the documentation of the populace. Spanning across time and regions, from colonial era Britain to the nineteenth-century United States, our panelists give voice to historical actors who disrupted systems of oppression while simultaneously utilizing digital quantitative data analysis to complicate the traditional archive itself. How can we repurpose quantitative data to re-humanize historically marginalized groups? How do we combat systemic erasure that quantitative data can produce? What do we make of historical resistance where there are scant sources available?

Historical Experts:

Laura Brannan - "Mobility in Slavery and Freedom: Mapping Paths of Escape, Enslavement, and Freedom in the U.S., 1830-1850"

Georgia Farrell - "Running From Cultural Genocide: Carlisle Indian Boarding School Runaways and Hidden Resistance, 1890-1900"

Caitlin Gale - "Mapping Itinerancy: George Fox's Journal"

Janine Hubai  - "Revelation and Erasure: IPUMS USA Datasets and New Mexico’s Population 1850-1920"

This panel was moderated by Dan Howlett (/u/dhowlett1692)


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