Justice Forum: The Black Bibliography Project

The Black Bibliography Project

April 5, 2023

The Black Bibliography Project (BBP) aims to revive and transform descriptive bibliography—the systematic description of print materials as physical objects—for African American and Black Diaspora literary studies. The project’s goal is to create a digital database whose capacities can reveal the dynamic social formations and aesthetic practices that are specific to Black print culture in the U.S. and beyond. By tapping the explanatory potential of digital technologies (specifically, the revolutionary metadata approach called “Linked Data”), the BBP aims to build an electronic database whose networking capacities can reveal the social formations and aesthetic practices that are specific to Black print culture in the U.S. and across the Black Diaspora.