Memetic Engines of Anticapitalism (2017-2018 Digital Humanities Undergrad Fellow)

By T.X. Watson When I was interviewed for the Valley Advocate podcast, Gina Beavers asked me what my most comfortable medium was as an artist. Since I was on camera, I couldn’t just shrug and say “iunno,” so I put a little effort into coming up with an answer. I wound up citing George Orwell’s essay “Why I Write,” which I cite pretty often because it works really well for me as an articulation of my motives as a writer. … Read More

Cycles of Reconciliation by Lehua Matumoto (2017-2018 Digital Humanities Undergrad Fellow)

Amherst College’s Lehua Matsumoto built an interactive virtual reality environment that introduces students and interested users to the natural world surrounding Amherst College and the Western Massachusetts area. Noting a general lack of understanding local native American history, knowledge, and epistemology, Lehua’s project is designed to help people explore and create awareness of local indigenous ecological knowledge. This virtual reality experience will provide users an interactive showcase of plants and environmental characteristics (see video below). Cycles of Reconciliation By Lehua Matsumoto … Read More

Why Bare Hands? Why RYSE-UP? (2017-2018 Digital Humanities Undergrad Fellow)

2017-2018 Digital Humanities Undergraduate Fellow Key Estime is producing a hybrid project that articulates a digital video ethnography with a hypermedia web experience. Called “RYSE-UP,” this work explores the needs of youth in the RYSE Program; which stands for Railroad Street Youth Student Empowerment Program. Why Bare Hands? Why RYSE-UP? By Key Estime In the 21st century, the youth of the United States struggle to prepare for their futures amidst global warming, rising technology, and the lack of community engagement … Read More

Bailey Fernandez on Generating Myth (2017-2018 Five College Digital Humanities Undergrad Fellow)

By Bailey Fernandez My project was a hypertext digital thesis built in Twine and scored within MAX/MSP. Over the course of the project, I developed a critical/theoretical text addressing how mythic structures can be interpreted in a “generative” way across various platforms. Synthesizing the works of Levi-Strauss, Frazer, Barthes, and Derrida—I created an interlocking web of small essays on the works of William Blake, Snorri Sturluson, and Nick Land. Twine, as a form, presents significant opportunities to the writer and … Read More

Uncovering a New England Ghost Town (2017-2018 Five College Digital Humanities Undergrad Fellow)

The Five College Digital Humanities Undergraduate Fellowship supports innovative digital humanities projects from a variety of academic disciplines including archaeology, anthropology, English, critical studies, computer science and more. In this blog post, Gwendolyn Ruth Jones (Smith College) describes her cutting digital archaeological project that innovates in the use LiDAR for a historical archaeological survey in the Western Massachusetts region. Read on to learn about Gwendolyn’s discoveries… Uncovering a New England Ghost Town: Using LiDAR to Visualize Archaeological features at Macleish … Read More

Collaborative Creativity: What can art and design teach humanists about working together?

The Five College Digital Humanities program is pleased to welcome Prof. Tom Scheinfeldt  (University of Connecticut) for his talk/workshop called “Collaborative Creativity: What can art and design teach humanists about working together?” April 27, 2018 5:00 pm 301 Herter Hall University of Massachusetts, Amherst How can art and design-based approaches to the production of new knowledge inform humanities research? What can these disciplines teach us about deep and meaningful collaboration in the “digital age?” This talk will draw on the facilitator’s … Read More

[Rescheduled] Collaborative Creativity: What can art and design teach humanists about working together?

The Five College Digital Humanities program is pleased to welcome Prof. Tom Scheinfeldt Ph.D. (University of Connecticut) for his talk called:  “Collaborative Creativity: What can art and design teach humanists about working together?”How can art and design-based approaches to the production of new knowledge inform humanities research? What can these disciplines teach us about deep and meaningful collaboration in the “digital age?” This talk will draw on the facilitator’s fifteen years of work in digital humanities, prior experiments in radical … Read More

[Innovatefellows] Summer’18 Innovate@ Symposium (only open to UMass faculty/staff)

UMass Faculty/Staff, We are offering Innovate@ Symposium from May 21-24 as a collaboration between TEFD, the UMass Libraries, and IT, and I am hoping you can share this information with your colleagues. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 20. Participation in the Symposium is supported by a $500 stipend, and faculty agree to deploy one new tool used in the Symposium in one of their courses, attend a post-Symposium session during the academic year to share their experiences, and … Read More

Five College Digital Humanities Program Presents: Visualizing Absence: Broken (hyper)Links between Mary Wroth and Mary Sidney Herbert

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Five College Digital Humanities Program Presents:Visualizing Absence: Broken (hyper)Links between Mary Wroth and Mary Sidney HerbertBy Amanda HenrichsApril 3rd 4:30 pmAmherst College Room: Fayerweather 113The Sidney family is fertile ground for scholars: whether in Early Modern literature, politics, empire building, or cultural formation, some member of the Sidney family is usually found, playing a key role. Their contributions to British history are extraordinarily well documented; in, for example, the magisterial two-volume Ashgate research companion (2015). Yet by employing digital tools … Read More

Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference, held May 23-24, 2018 at Bryn Mawr College

Registration is now open for the Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference, held May 23-24, 2018 at Bryn Mawr College. Join us to talk about digital pedagogy, blended learning, and more! Register here.Find out more information about the conference on our website. Full schedule coming soon!Contact Jennifer Spohrer at blendedlearning@brynmawr.edu with questions. This conference is supported by Bryn Mawr College, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Teagle Foundation. Limited funding for Five College participants is available! Have questions? Send us … Read More

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