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Simpson Center for the Humanities

2020 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows

  • Christine Keating (Associate Professor, English)
  • Laurie Marhoefer (Associate Professor, History) and Taylor Soja (Graduate Student, History)
  • Kate Norako (Assistant Professor, English)
  • Geoffrey Turnovsky (Associate Professor, French & Italian Studies)
  • Ying-Hsiu Chou (Graduate Student, Asian Languages & Literature)
  • Melinda Cohoon (Graduate Student, Near and Middle Eastern Studies) and Solmaz Shakerifard (Graduate Student, Near and Middle Eastern Studies)

Crowd-sourcing Constitutional Reform

Christine Keating (Associate Professor, English)

Efforts to build more open and inclusive models of democracy have led to the emergence of constitutional processes that have expanded opportunities for people’s participation in dialogue and decision-making about their countries’ futures in both social media and face-to-face forums. The aim of the project is to create an archives that preserves and makes digitally accessible materials related to these crowd-sourced constitutional reform processes around the world.

Digital World Wars: Teaching Undergraduates DH Skills in a Large Lecture Format

Laurie Marhoefer (Associate Professor, History) and Taylor Soja (Graduate Student, History)

Two collaborators will build a new undergraduate course on the history of World Wars I and II that also teaches digital humanities skill sets to hundreds of students in a large lecture setting. This will be the history department’s first time teaching DH skills outside of small seminars. Students will leave the course with highly transferable skills that they can use to do new kinds of historical analysis and share their scholarship with the public.

The Richard Coer de Lyon Multitext (The RCLM)

Kate Norako (Assistant Professor, English)

This project will provide scholars and students an open-access multitextual digital edition of all versions of the medieval romance Richard Coer de Lyon, along with robust teaching and methodological resources. In so doing, it aims to set new precedents for intersectional, feminist, anti-racist digital-edition making.

Creation of an Interdisciplinary Minor in Digital Textual Studies

Geoffrey Turnovsky (Associate Professor, French & Italian Studies)

I'll develop the outlines of an Interdisciplinary Minor in Digital Textual Studies, around a core of 2-3 courses highlighting digital work in the areas of editing and publishing; archives, repositories and databases; and text analysis. The minor will build on the graduate certificate in Textual and Digital Studies, and offer students the chance for a rich intellectual engagement with materials from a textual scholarly perspective and to acquire technical skills working in digital contexts useful for many career pathways.

Deconstructing the Construction: The Female Images in Chinese Detective Films, 2010-2020

Ying-Hsiu Chou (Graduate Student, Asian Languages & Literature)

Deconstructing the Construction: The Female Images in Chinese Detective Films, 2010-2020 is a series of video essays exploring the image of women in the most popular and influential Chinese detective films across China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in the recent decade. It centers critical feminist praxis to make an ethnographic inquiry into Chinese cinema through videographic criticism. By creating non-linear narration, ramified viewpoints, and associative thoughts, my work hopes to jar people into thinking about the female images in the Chinese detective film in new ways.

Digital Iran: Narratives of (De)colonization in Video Games

Melinda Cohoon (Graduate Student, Near and Middle Eastern Studies) and Solmaz Shakerifard (Graduate Student, Near and Middle Eastern Studies)

Digital Iran: Narratives of (De)colonization in Video Games is a collaborative project that examines video games with narratives and counternarratives of Iranian history, culture, and broader socio-political contexts. Through the frameworks of postcolonialism and feminism, we will curate and disseminate four video essays through a process of discourse via the online platform Twitch.TV. Through audiovisual analysis of aesthetics in video games, Digital Iran will illustrate how games create articulations of “self” and “Other.”


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