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Coolie Woman: A Conversation with Gaiutra Bahadur

Coolie Woman: A Conversation with Gaiutra Bahadur published on



Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Title: Coolie Woman with Gaiutra Bahadur
Abstract: In 1903, a young woman sailed from India to Guiana as a “coolie”—the British name for indentured laborers who replaced the newly emancipated slaves on sugar plantations all around the world. Pregnant and traveling alone, this woman, like so many coolies, disappeared into history. Now, in Coolie Woman, her great-granddaughter Gaiutra Bahadur embarks on a journey into the past to find her. Traversing three continents and trawling through countless colonial archives, Bahadur excavates not only her great-grandmother’s story but also the repressed history of some quarter of a million other coolie women, shining a light on their complex lives.
Speakers: Gauitra Bahadur, Author; Moderator: Bruce Shapiro
Location: Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
Co-sponsored with the Dart Center.

Digital History Bouquet

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The CU Digital History Bouquet is an half-day event geared towards incoming graduate students of the History Department, though open to all its graduate students and faculty. The goal of the event is to introduce students to the digital dispensation in the profession. The event will take place at Fayerweather 310 on August 29, from 8:45am to 11:45am, including coffee. The program is divided into three tracks: scholarly communications, computational methods and theoretical digital humanities. Each of the tracks begins with an overview of the larger issues and ends with a review of local resources available to Columbia graduate students in each of the tracks. We will also make available a page with many resources for each of these panels.

Coffee & Kuchen

Computational Methods
• research methodology vs. tools
• research management and personal archiving: Zotero
• search and discovery: Harnessing Google
• Big Data and API’s
• exhibits, archives: Omeka
• mapping technology: 
Spatial Humanities
• text analysis:
Bamboo Project, TaPoR, ChartEx, PoemViewer, Google N-gram Data

Some useful links:

Local Resources
• studio@butler
• Digital Humanities Center

Scholarly communications
AHA statement on dissertations
• publication genres: SHERPA/RoMEO, Scalar, Creative Commons,
• social media:
• online presence: WordPress
• White House mandate on open access
• peer review experiments
• public history

Local Resources
CDRS: Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, Columbia.
Academic Commons
Digital Humanities Center
• Center for International History

Theoretical Digital Humanities


• Significance of DH
• DH as a Critique Alexis Lothian and Amanda Phillips, “Can Digital Humanities Mean Transformative Critique?” Journal of E-Media Studies. Vol. 3 Issue 1. 2013.
Code Speak
Critical Code Studies
DH Poco
Programming Historian, Code Academy
Local Resources: