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Building Sekuru’s Stories

Sekuru’s Stories is a digital monograph by Jennifer Kyker that traces a single performer’s journey through experiences of missionization, colonization, labor migration, and independence. The subject of Sekuru’s Stories is the renowned Zimbabwean mbira player, oral historian, and ritual specialist Sekuru Tute Chigamba. This digital publication frames Sekuru Chigamba’s oral histories as part of the Shona narrative genre of nhoroondo, a multivalent category that encompasses various ways of recounting the past, including legends and myths, oral accounts of historical events, individual life histories, and written academic narratives. In the process, Sekuru’s Stories suggests productive new possibilities for narrating African musical history.

This event brings together the author with Emily Sherwood, Director, Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Rochester, who is heading the team helping to build the project. Together, these digital humanists will talk though the process of conceiving and building such a project from the ground up!
Sponsored by the Central New York Humanities Corridor from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Co-sponsored by the University of Rochester Humanities Center

Lunch provided

Friday, November 30, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Rush Rhees Library, Humanities Center Conference Room D
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626

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Lectures and Talks


General Public


humanities, diversity, digital humanities



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