The USI College of Liberal Arts will host its third Liberal Arts Faculty Colloquium for the Fall 2019 semester featuring assistant professor of History, Dr. Cacee Hoyer.
The ‘Grey Street Casbah and Surroundings’ is a private Facebook group that focuses on the shared spaces of Durban’s commercial district by creating an informal archival repository that connects urban history, memory studies, and the digital humanities. This presentation urges an examination of such social media sites as a new way to examine urban history.
Often ripe with nostalgia and intimate portrayals of personal and family histories, this platform provides a new space to reify contemporary understandings of well-known historical spaces within the Durban CBD. The informal nature of this space allows the average layperson the ability to participate in historical inquiry and exhibits the diverse ways well-known, and obscure, spaces in Durban are remembered and memorialized. Hoyer argues the wealth of knowledge generated on informal online platforms, such as this Facebook group, should influence and inform historical interpretations of our urban pasts.
Each fall and spring semester, USI faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts present individual, free public lectures featuring their current research.
Friday, November 8 at 3:00pm
Liberal Arts Center, Kleymeyer Hall
8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712, USA