2 September 2021


Source: Oldendorp, Geschichte der Mission, vol. 2, 1777.

PRIVACY BLACK & WHITE has been selected for UCPH Data+ funding (Strategy 2023 funds.)

PRIVACY BLACK &WHITE is a data-driven PRIVACY project with three principal investigators: Gunvor Simonsen from The SAXO Institute/History, Isabelle Augenstein from the Department of Computer Science (DIKU), and PRIVACY Director Mette Birkedal Bruun.

PRIVACY BLACK & WHITE will be the first systematic data-driven investigation of how privacy — as a privilege contested among Europeans and Africans — undergirded property practices, slavery, and racism in the Caribbean-European colonial nexus (c. 1600-1850). The project will develop a collaborative approach combining human and machine intelligence to investigate how privacy became racialized across colonies and empires.

We had our very first meeting in August and are now ready to kick off the project!

The PRIVACY BLACK & WHITE team from left to right: Isabelle Augenstein, Natália da Silva Perez, Gunvor Simonsen, Natacha Klein Käfer, Mette Birkedal Bruun. More researchers will join the team in 2021.

The project offers many opportunities, and the three PIs are especially excited about the interdisciplinary work and collaboration involved in the project:

"Natural Language Processing methods are, by and large, developed for well-formed and fairly homogenous modern texts. I’m looking forward to exploring the challenges that come with developing methods for heterogeneous historical text collections in different languages."

Isabelle Augenstein

 "I look forward to exploring how Natural Language Processing may enhance our understanding of the processes of racialization that emerged in the European-Caribbean colonial nexus; processes whose legacies are still with us today, in Europe and in the Caribbean. Doing this with a strong team of fellow scholars will be a true pleasure!"

Gunvor Simonsen

"I look forward to working with strong and inspiring scholars who are experts in research fields and topics that are quite far from my own. I am intrigued by our disciplinary differences and really curious to see how we may bring these differences into fruitful interaction with respect for disciplinary particularities with good cheer as well as scholarly courage when facing obstacles."

Mette Birkedal Bruun