News & Updates

Future Updates to Archaeology 101

After the successful launch of Archaeology 101 (archaeology101.com) at the end of April, Autumn and I began brainstorming ways to add to and improve the website. We also examined user feedback to better highlight areas that could be upgraded (thank you to all those who have checked out the website!). Moving forward this summer, I plan to make two major changes to the website, both of which will...

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“May even one day outstrip the history monograph”: AHR Digital History Reviews and Thoughts on the Status of the Field

In the latest issue of the American Historical Review (April 2020) brought to us by the American History Association contains an intriguing special feature of digital history reviews. One of the goals of the reviews section, the AHR claims, is to “broaden” the scope “beyond the realm of the scholarly monograph.” In the past, this included reviews of films, historical fiction, pedagogical...

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Introducing: A Digital Domestic Cookbook

I have known since the beginning of the CHI Fellowship that my project would revolve around Malinda Russell, the author of A Domestic Cookbook (1866). The exact shape of the project, however, changed numerous times throughout the year. I was determined to create a digital biography of Russell during the early stages of the project. It seemed only natural since I was in the middle of writing a...

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Changing Directions: *

In February, I decided to fundamentally alter my project i.e. a whole new project. I still wanted to create a pedagogical tool but had instead to create something that could be used students and teachers in the K-12 system. While a course website is still a great idea, I realized that it was out of the bounds of this fellowship, for now. In hindsight, that was a good decision because the stage...

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Launching Post for “American Tastes, Russian Eats”

I am very happy to launch my CHI fellowship project, American Tastes, Russian Eats, at the end of the 2019-20 academic year. The random idea of creating a website about some U.S. fast food’s footprint in Russia came to my mind when I worked as a graduate teаching assistant for Dr. Helen Veit’s course History of Food and Alcohol in fall 2019. Studying Russian history in the United States and...

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Technologies of Change

Once I had changed the direction of my project, the next task was deciding on sources, interface, and overall design. For the former, I decided to make use of the International River Boundary Database (IRBD), which contains information about border rives including their lengths (estimated using GoogleEarth. While that was a great database, it did represent a problem of visualization. How might I...

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Some reflections…after doing this two times

This website began as an assignment as I was trying to define the rationale and parameters of my project. I stumbled upon the International River Boundaries Database (IRBD) and realized its significance. But it has taken five years to articulate and realize my vision. In making this website I realized a few things: First, I realized that an endeavor like this is continuous and iterative.  While...

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Introducing “Mapping Action”

I’m proud to introduce “Mapping Action: Lesbian Avengers Actions in New York City.” As a companion to my dissertation entitled “Making as World-Making: What the Lesbian Avengers Can Teach about Communal Composing, Agency, and World-Building.” In my dissertation,  through ethnographically informed qualitative interviews, I detail themes on making from former members of the Lesbian Avengers—an...

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Launching “Fan Culture”

This project “Fan Culture” is inspired by my previous CHI project “Multiculturalism in the German Football World,” which focuses primarily on the German National Football Team. Last year, I planned to work on the representations of multiculturalism on both national and regional levels. The national perspective went fairly well and I was able to map out the birthplaces of many players. As for the...

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Project Launch: Mapping the Upper Missouri

I am so excited to announce the public launch of my project, Mapping the Upper Missouri: Visualizing Negotiation, Diplomacy, and Culture on the Northern Plains, 1801-1853. The story map and supplemental materials provide a geospatial history of the fur trade, intercultural exchange, and diplomacy in the upper Missouri River region (present-day Montana). It encompasses four historical themes: the...

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