Spatial Humanities & Social Justice

  • This video features Angel D. Nieves, Professor of Africana Studies and Digital Humanities at Hamilton College, US. In this video, Angel talks about black spatial humanities, a field that tries to find out more about the history of African-descended people globally and the ways which digital humanists can begin to look at forms of institutional racism that have shaped African diaspora's experiences. He gives examples of his 3D visualisation work that looks at the ways in which the Apartheid government imposed restrictions to African-descended people and how such lost histories can be effectively communicated to a wider audience.
  • Dr., Nieves, Angel D, Hamilton College, New York, USA
    • Bionote: Angel received a BArch in Architecture from Syracuse University New York; MA in Anthropology from Binghamton University New York and a PhD in the History of Architecture/Urban Development and Africana Studies from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.  Angel is currently the Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Hamilton College, USA and also the Director of the American Studies Program and a founding member of the Cinema and Media Studies (CNMS) concentration.  He also serves as a co-Director of Hamilton's Digital Humanities Initiative.  His recent scholarly work and community-based activism are related to issues of race and the built environment in cities of the Global South.  Angel was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Africa Network, consortium of colleges which actively promotes the study of Africa.  His research has been featured both in Newsweek and on
  • Mr., MacCaba, Fionntán - An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University, Recording, Editing
  • Dr., Papadopoulos, Konstantinos - An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University, Production, Questions, Recording, Metadata
  • Prof., Schreibman, Susan - An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University, Questions, Production
  • Mr., Martin, Justin - An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University, Metadata  
Date & Place
  • Date of Recording: 28th October 2016
  • Place of Recording: An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University, Master Class Multimodel Engagements with Cultural Heritage 2016
  • Publication: 23rd November 2016,
  • Undergraduates; Postgraduates; Scholars
  • Lecturers; Teachers
  • Anthropologists; Architects; Cultural Heritage Professionals; Computer Programmers; Digital Humanists; Historians; Media Professionals; 3D Modellers; Video Game Designers
Language Information
  • Language Main: English
  • Language Transcription: No
  • Language Subtitles: N/A
NeDiMAH Methods Ontology (NeMO)
  • 1. Acquiring > 1.1. Collecting 
  • 1. Acquiring > 1.2. Gathering
  • 2. Communicating > 2.1. Collaborating > 2.1.7. Interviewing
  • 4. Processing > 4.1. Analyizing > 4.1.2. Annotating
  • 4. Processing > 4.1. Analyizing > 4.1.30. Spatial Analysis
  • 4. Processing > 4.2. Modifying > 4.2.2. Capturing > Modelling
  • 4. Processing > 4.2. Modifying > 4.2.2. Capturing > Recording
  • 4. Processing > 4.2. Modifying > 4.2.19. Visualizing > Imaging
  • 4. Processing > 4.3. Organizing > 4.3.1. Adding Metainformation > Georeferencing
  • Africana Studies; Digital; Digital Humanities; Spatial Humanities; Social Justice; 3D Reconstruction 
  • Nieves, Angel David. “Places of Pain as Tools for Social Justice in the ‘New’ South Africa: Black Heritage Preservation in the ‘Rainbow’ Nation’s Townships.” Places of Pain and Shame: Dealing with “Difficult Heritage.” Ed. William Logan and Keir Reeves. UK: Routledge, 2008. Print.

  • Nieves, Angel David. “Soweto Historical GIS Project.” Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College. Web.

  • Nieves, Angel David, and Leslie M. Alexander, eds. “We Shall Independent Be”: African American Place Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the United States. University Press of Colorado, 2008. Print.

  • Remondino, Fabio, and Stefano Campana, eds. 3D Recording and Modelling in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage : Theory and Best Practices. Oxford: Archeopress, 2014. Print. BAR International Series 2598.

  • Rodrigues, N. et al. “Reconstruction and Generation of Virtual Heritage Sites.” Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage 1.3-4 (2014): 92–102. Web.

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