News & Updates

Project: The Social Justice Classroom

For my fellowship project, I decided to build a website dedicated to crowdsourcing antiracist pedagogical material. I developed this idea last year while I was a fellow for MSU’s Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, and was inspired by Ronjaunee Chatterjee's, Alicia Mireles Christoff's, and Amy R. Wong's 2020 article, “Undisciplining Victorian Studies, which was published in the L.A....

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Plotting Colombian Emblematic Memories

Plotting Colombian Emblematic Memories

While acknowledging the existence of different models of emblematic memory for the sake of transformative dialogues about the past, Plotting Emblematic Memories project proposes to identify the type of cultural model an individual uses to make sense of the past. As you may be thinking, you take the test, the application makes some calculations, and it provides you with a score associated with a particular emblematic memory circulating in Colombia. The score gets a visual representation in a Cartesian plane. If teachers and professors can better understand their students by using this application, they could be more effective in preparing and facilitating transformative discussions having a real chance of challenging familiar notions about the Colombian conflict producing identity and, in the last instance, behavior.

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Introducing the “Stratford-upon-Avon Affects Map” Project

In my last blog post, I had indicated that I would use this month’s post to continue with my exploration into copyright and ownership in relation to digital heritage; however, I will continue that series in the new year. Instead, today I would like to introduce my fellowship project that I will be working on next semester the (very tentatively titled) Stratford-upon-Avon Affects Map. This...

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Announcing “Forensic Anthropology: A History”

This year I will be creating a website focused on the development of forensic anthropology. A bit different from my CHI project last year (3DMMS Initiative), the motivation of this project is to use data visualization to tell a story about the professionalism related to the discipline. This project will serve as an interactive, concise guide to the field from student through professional. By...

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Contemplating Crowdsourcing in Digital Cultural Heritage

In this blog post I will explore some of the views on the use of crowdsourcing for digital projects in the humanities. I am interested this this literature because for my future dissertation project I am considering crowdsourcing data from the local community. In general researchers and institutions can crowdsource project tasks through self-developed sites...

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Data for Mapping

Our last rapid development challenge “mapping memory” makes me think that the data sources for mapping and spatial analysis nowadays can be very different from the situation in John Snow’s time (the cholera person not the one on a dragon). I have seen more and more space related studies and projects being conducted based on big data, especially social media posts. If they have Twitter back then...

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Digital Food Studies/History

Research Methods in Digital Food Studies (2021) was published recently as a text for thinking through methods for digital food studies.  The collection of essays is useful for considering a methodology for studying digital food media, but less about how to use digital tools for answering food related humanities questions. The authors in Digital Food Studies have approached the concept from the...

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Interdisciplinary Tracking

This year has granted me the opportunity to work with various interdisciplinary scholars and explore how other disciplines interact with animal subjects. While touring MSU's Museum of Natural Science Collections, we observed marks of DNA analysis in turtle shells created by one of the Master's students at MSU (if anyone knows the name of this person, please place it in the comments). From my...

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Exploring Time & Space

Figuring out the ‘wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff’… Our final rapid development challenge focused on us creating a “Memory Map”. I worked on this project with my fantastic team, Dani Willcutt, Juan Carlos Rico Noguera, and Vee Lawson. This mapping challenge allowed us to conceptualize spatial change over time. More particularly, my team decided to explore the most notorious spies throughout...

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Exploring Copyright and Ownership in Digital Heritage

This year, I am a GA for Humanities Commons, a networking site for humanities scholars. As part of my assistantship, I help clear deposits for the Commons’ non-profit, open-access repository CORE. Over the last several months, I have gained more experience in learning the intricacies of intellectual property, copyright, and ownership. While the Commons’ focus is not specifically on digital...

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