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Simpson Center for the Humanities

2016 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows

  • Matthew Bellinger (Communication)
  • Darren Byler (Anthropology)
  • Josephine Ensign (Psychosocial & Community Health)
  • Benjamin Gardner (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)
  • Stephen Groening (Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media)
  • Brian Gutierrez (English)
  • Minda Martin (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)
  • Jane Wong (English)

Matthew Bellinger (Communication)

The Visual Rhetoric of Bitcoin

This project uses digital tools to analyze and represent the visual rhetoric of Bitcoin, a digital currency. By analyzing and networking the ways in which Bitcoin is represented in a variety of visual media—from memes to book covers—this project highlights Bitcoin’s significance as a site of struggle over much broader concerns about the relationship between technology, economics, and politics.

Darren Byler (Anthropology)

The Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia: A Repertoire of Uyghur and Han Migrant Popular Culture

Following a series of riots in 2009, officials in Xinjiang, an ethnically diverse province in Northwest China, announced multi-million yuan investments in "creative industries" across the region which address official goals of “ethnic harmony” and "anti-terrorism." By centering on Uyghur and Han art collectives, literary salons, film and photography studios that have been created as supplements to secular urban development, this project focuses on the way cultural expression responds to social precariousness across and within ethnic and class divides. Aimed at the intersection of urban studies and expressive culture, this digital project considers how Chinese urban minority and migrant life give rise to new forms of ethics and aesthetics.

Josephine Ensign (Psychosocial & Community Health)

Soul Stories: Health and Healing through Homelessness

Soul Stories is a transmedia critical policy narrative that includes a print book and a long-form digital scholarship online project. It is an exploration of the boundaries of narrative within health and healing in the context of homelessness. Soul Stories deepens our understanding of trauma and resilience, the role of narrative in health, and ways we can humanize health care for patients, providers, and communities. The Soul Stories digital online project includes a collection of essays, poems, photographs, and participatory digital storytelling (DS) videos. For this fellowship, Ensign expands the scope of the digital online component and complete the series of community-based participatory DS videos.

Benjamin Gardner (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)

Selling the Serengeti: The Cultural Politics of Safari Tourism

Gardner completes an online companion for his book, Selling the Serengeti: The Cultural Politics of Safari Tourism (University of Georgia Press, 2016). He uses the free open source publishing platform Scalar to produce an interactive site where different audiences can engage key questions and themes in the book by exploring a range of primary and secondary sources that inform the book and its core intellectual debates and arguments. The Scalar site will be useful for students and scholars interested in the discursive politics of conservation, the political economy, and cultural politics of safari tourism, and indigenous social movements. 

Stephen Groening (Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media)

The Seattle Television History Project

The Seattle Television History Project produces an open-ended, online, and publicly available research project aimed at recovering, archiving, and publicizing the local history of television in Seattle. A history of Seattle television necessarily comprises a range of types of materials: still and moving images, sound files of interviews, and the written history itself. An internet-based digital space for the gathering and analysis of these materials would both render them more publicly accessible and offer flexibility as more evidence and material is uncovered. While the project is largely an activity of digital curation, it will also be a launch platform for digital publication of research and scholarship.

Brian Gutierrez (English)

Residence in London, a Cartographic Journey: Mapping William Wordsworth’s Conspicuous Consumption in The Prelude

Mapping Wordsworth's Conspicuous Consumption traces the walking route of Wordsworth's “Residence in London” in Book Seven of his autobiographical poem The Prelude, linking the cultural sites mentioned with images and text related to those sites on a historical map contemporaneous with three different moments: 1794-1797, 1805, and 1850. Built within Neatline, a dynamic interactive platform for telling spatial stories in time, the project is designed as an on-going project with the intention that scholars and students can not only trace the spatial stories of the literature under consideration and experience the impact of key cultural spaces, but also contribute additional spatial stories from other writers from the period and beyond.

Minda Martin (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)

Seattle’s Freeway Revolt

Seattle’s Freeway Revolt is a short documentary and an interactive digital archive illuminating the historical, social, and political contexts of the freeway revolts in Seattle and beyond. The interactive digital archive will feature oral histories—short, edited video interviews with activists, politicians, and others involved in the freeway revolt—and will serve as a repository of video and audio recordings of citizen testimony, maps, and other illustrative and written documents, with links to related resources.

Jane Wong (English)

Digital Interviews: The Poetics of Haunting in Asian American Poetry

This digital project, which includes interviews and related media, considers how social, historical, and political contexts “haunt” the work of contemporary Asian American poets in terms of content and form. The project will offer interviews with leading contemporary poets and feature text, video, and photography. These first-hand accounts, akin to an oral history archive, will offer a more direct, public, and nuanced understanding of “haunting” as a poetics.