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Demystifying Digital History, webinar by Dr. Debbie McCollin, UWI (2018)
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Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age
McCollin, Debbie
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Miami, FL
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Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age
Digital History


About the Presentation: As History and the Humanities at large came increasingly under threat in the latter 20th and 21st century new avenues were being sought to legitimise and modernise the subject areas to ensure their continuity. The use of the cyberworld, the maximisation of digital technology to support this goal, was seen as the answer to a small cadre of Caribbean scholars. However, with a Caribbean society and academia notoriously resistant to change, opposition to this trend, despite the obvious need, was constant. This webinar will explore the development of the first Digital History course at The University of the West Indies within this context – early plans to its final design and implementation. It will examine the nuanced support of the university community as well as the challenges faced in overcoming prejudice and ignorance of digital media’s use in academia. Furthermore, it will delve into the specific problems faced by Caribbean scholars within the digital space particularly in relation to the digital divide and the realities of open access. Ultimately, the impact of this novel course on the student body, university and the wider Caribbean historical community will be discussed.
About the Speaker: Dr. Debbie McCollin has been a Lecturer at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago since 2012. She holds a PhD in History and a Certificate in University Teaching and Learning from the aforementioned university. Her recent publications include the edited volumes World War II and The Caribbean (coedited with Karen E. Eccles, UWI Press, 2017) and In the Fires of Hope: Fifty Years of Independence in Trinidad and Tobago 1962-2012 (Ian Randle Pub., 2016) and Chacachacare: The Island of Lepers 1922-1979, a chapter in Hospitals and Communities 1100–1960 (Chris Bonfield, ed., Peter Lang, 2013). Her current work is focused on the Pre-Independence era in Trinidad and Tobago, the History of Health and Medicine in the West Indies in the twentieth century, the impact of World War II on the West Indies and Caribbean Digital History.

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