“Digital Diasporas, ICTs, and Heritage Development Strategies for Social Justice” is a special section of The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (ISSN 2166-6245) by guest co-editors Marla L. Jaksch and Angel David Nieves. As they write in their introduction:
Africa should no longer be viewed through a monolithic continent-wide paternalistic lens—a lens that is unable to focus on country-specific research and analysis involving digital technologies. Specifically, African-based institutions including NGOs, universities, and entrepreneurs are increasingly leading efforts to solve African problems by assuming greater control over heritage and development issues using information technologies. Development studies and recent scholarship in ICTs in Africa have highlighted the importance of new digital technologies as tools for furthering social justice while at the same time underlining pervasive educational, economic, and political inequalities in their application (Bablola 2014). How are ICTs and digital tools being used, challenged, implemented, and incorporated in grassroots and institutional development in Africa and in the Diaspora?
Jaksch is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies affiliated with African American Studies at the College of New Jersey and in 2009-2010 she was on a Fulbright Fellowship at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Nieves is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and directs the American Studies Program at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. For his Ph.D. from Cornell University, he focused on the history of urban development and Africana Studies. Nieves currently co-directs his college’s Digital Humanities Initiative, a Mellon Foundation Grant project.