News & Updates

Bit by Bit

For this blog post, I’d like to share a book I recently read. The book is called Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age, written by Matthew Salganik. It discusses new opportunities, challenges, and common pitfalls of using large scale digital data for social science research in general. One theme of this book is the blending of readymade and custom-made data. Traditional social research...

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Digital Rhetorical Heritage

The early weeks of this fellowship have been devoted to foundations, primarily through establishing a shared understanding of digital cultural heritage, before we begin the more technical aspects of the year. As a result, I’ve been thinking more thoroughly about what “digital” + “cultural” + “heritage” can mean through a rhetorical lens. Of these, “digital” and “heritage” appear the most...

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Vision, Fellowship, & Planning

In the CHI fellowship, during the first semester we carry out rapid development project challenges with a team of fellows. Last year, the CHI fellowship was completely online due to COVID-19. While Zoom was essential to allowing us to still meet, work on these projects together, and have the fellowship that CHI is all about, I do not think we are quite to the point where digital will completely...

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Cultural Heritage Management vs. the Business School

A link between cultural heritage management and classical business strategies should be forged, and the university is the perfect place to begin this cultural transformation. If we are to think of cultural heritage management as a practice, one aspect that sets it apart from traditional business methods is a focus on ethics and human rights. There is a lot of prestige associated with business...

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A few weeks of lecture and a look at the Survey of London’s “Histories of Whitechapel” map

Over the last few weeks in CHI I have been given the resources to think about what cultural heritage is and why and to what digital methods are applied to the protection, preservation, and/or sharing cultural heritage. Digital (cultural) heritage projects are applied works and the goal or outcome should be stated explicitly. This way it is possible to determine the appropriate methods, audience,...

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Micayla Spiros | Returning CHI Fellow 2021-2022

Hello, again! My name is Micayla Spiros and I have accepted a Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative returning fellow position this year. I am a fourth year biological anthropology doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology. I study human osteology exploring the multifactorial, interdependent causes of skeletal variation from a biocultural lens focusing on the postcranial skeleton. My...

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Let Me Reintroduce Myself

It is an honor and a privilege to once again be among such a multitalented and interdisciplinary group of scholars.My name is Sandy Burnley and I am an ABD PhD candidate currently on the job market. My areas of specialization include nineteenth-century British literature and animal studies. My current book project, Critical Entanglement: Animals in Victorian Fiction, argues that Victorians’...

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Hello, CHI community!

My name is Katherine Knowles, and I am a member of the CHI Fellows cohort for the 2021-2022 academic year. I am a third year PhD student in the English department here at MSU, and I am also pursuing the Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate. Previously, I have worked at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as a Researcher and Project Manager in the IRIS Digital Humanities Center. Although...

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Hello, CHI!

Hello, CHI!My name is Vee Lawson, an incoming CHI Fellow for 2021-22 and a third-year PhD student in Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. I previously earned my MA in English from the University of Arkansas with a concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies. I’m honored to be included in this group of fellows, and I look forward to learning from each of my peers over the next year. In my...

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