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Simpson Center for the Humanities

2019 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows

  • Jennifer Bean (Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media)
  • Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse (Assistant Professor, Art History, Curator, The New Burke Art)
  • Ellen Chang (Graduate Student, Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media)
  • Amanda Doxtater (Assistant Professor, Scandinavian Studies)
  • Kate Norako (Assistant Professor, English)
  • Isaac Rivera (Graduate Student, Geography)
  • Rachel Schlotfeldt (Graduate Student, English)
  • Judy Twedt (Graduate Student, Atmospheric Sciences)

Archival Trouble: "Found-Footage Criticism" and Early Cinema

Jennifer Bean (Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media)

Developments in digital technology have created opportunities for scholars to move beyond the written word to convey analyses and arguments through multimedia work.  This project draws from my years of working in silent-era archives, and re-configures often neglected or fragmented footage through a series of four video essays that explore the affects and aesthetics of images in the historical context, respectively, of suffragette activism, of women’s comedic performances, and of the global practice of repurposing celluloid material.

Kans Hiłile (‘Making it Right’)–A Collaborative Reframing of Kwakiutl Film and Audio Recordings with Franz Boas, 1930

Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse (Assistant Professor, Art History, Curator, The New Burke Art)

Kans Hiłile, (‘Making it Right’)–A Collaborative Reframing of Kwakiutl Film and Audio Recordings with Franz Boas, 1930 is a digital book featuring embedded recordings of crafts, games, and dancing from the Kwag’uł village of Fort Rupert, British Columbia. Forged into a new digital whole and shaped by cultural knowledge from Kwag’uł experts, this book reflects connections between cultural belongings and their associated intangible rights within a robust collaborative knowledge production.

Untitled Vignettes: Multisensory Encounter, Audiovisual Symphony, and the Contemporary Multimedia Art of Taiwan

Ellen Chang (Graduate Student, Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media)

Untitled Vignettes is a multisensory journey that traces the footsteps of the social movements taking place in Taiwan that rebel against social issues and injustices rampant on the island. The site-specific audio walk and its digital companion audiovisual book interweave spontaneous reflection with history, personal recollection, music, cinematic soundtracks, and local soundscapes. It turns the virtual encounter initially mediated by the cyberspace into an interdimensional experience through a series of audiovisual storytelling, listening, and viewing.

The Muzzy Cigarette: A Videographic Look at Carl Th. Dreyer's "Gertrud" (1964)

Amanda Doxtater (Assistant Professor, Scandinavian Studies)

“The Muzzy Cigarette,” is a videographic essay combining text from Stacey D’Erasmo’s study of textual intimacy with scenes from Gertrud (1964), by Danish director Carl Th. Dreyer (1889-1968). A digital epilogue to my monograph project, Carl Th. Dreyer’s Art-House Melodrama: Untoward Intimacies, this piece traces the productive tensions between melodrama and art cinema that persist throughout Dreyer’s oeuvre, questioning the schematic opposition between art cinema as estranging and melodrama as emotional over-identification.

Richard Coer de Lyon: A Medieval Multi-text

Kate Norako (Assistant Professor, English)

This project will provide open access critical editions of all manuscript witnesses of the late medieval romance, Richard Coer de Lyon. Not only will this enrich and advance scholarship on this important late medieval text and its complicated manuscript history, the project will serve as a model for future digital editions of medieval "multi-texts" (i.e. texts that share the same general contours across versions but that still contain significant variations).

Digitizing The Sacred: Water, Struggle, and the Digital Legal Geography of Standing Rock

Isaac Rivera (Graduate Student, Geography)

Digitizing the Sacred is an effort to visibilize not just the treaty boundaries of the Great Sioux Nation to the world, but also to reveal the active participation by the Sioux peoples to produce and write history on their own terms. This project will focus on mapping the Fort Laramie Treaties 1851/1868 and its historical and geographical significance to the (Dakota Access Pipeline) DAPL protests of 2016/2017.

Speculative Race and Technology in Narrative Hypertext

Rachel Schlotfeldt (Graduate Student, English)

My project is a hypertextual web app based on Apple’s “Supplier Responsibility” booklet that highlights how the constructedness of these kinds of documents and the ways in which ethical consumption and sourcing get narrated, contribute to the disconnect between material conditions and material goods. I am arguing for the ways in which this cultural erasure, facilitated by technology and consumerism, digitally empowers a new form of imperialism and violence that directly depends on invisible Asian labor.

Arctic Climate Change Through Human Narratives and Data-as-Music

Judy Twedt (Graduate Student, Atmospheric Sciences)

Standard information-driven models of climate science communication have failed to gain traction broadly in the American mind, despite increasingly devastating impacts of global warming. This project co-creates soundtracks that blend storytelling with data sonification to bring new acoustic perspectives to the science and lived experience of Arctic climate change.