Published 02/18/12

Archiving the African experience

To learn more about the genesis and goals of the African Digital Archive and Professor Perullo's work with the African Alliance of Rhode Island, listen to this podcast (12:37 min.).

 SMITHFIELD, R.I. (Feb. 18, 2012) — Alex Perullo, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology and African studies at Bryant's College of Arts and Sciences, has received a $6,000 grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities to create the African Digital Archive, an interactive resource containing images, interviews, videos and curriculum materials about African people who have immigrated to Rhode Island.

The archive is an outgrowth of the African Studies Workshops co-sponsored since 2007 by Bryant University and the African Alliance of Rhode Island. The annual workshops have served as a means to create conversations among Africans living in Rhode Island, university students, and the public.

The African Digital Archive is being created as a way to document and present the experiences of those who have either migrated to the United States from an African country or whose family took part in this migration, Perullo said. Because there are few publicly accessible resources from which to learn about African immigration, such a repository will provide an invaluable resource for learning about African culture, including topics of migration, assimilation, race and identity, he said.