“Bad Books: An Exploration of Censorship” by Kendall Futrell

Kendall Futrell, Smith CollegeAfter a semester I have finally finished the project I started in January — Bad Books: An Exploration of Censorship! It is a digital exhibit, which you can check out here: https://badbooks.5colldh.org (it’s a .org, I feel so cool).The project is meant to showcase censorship and the many different ways it can look. I knew when I started the project that censorship wasn’t just burning and banning books, but I had no idea where I was going to … Read More

Announcing the 2018-19 Undergraduate Fellows!

We are excited to announce our 2018-19 Five College Digital Humanities Undergraduate Fellows. Read more about them and their projects via the links below their names. Kendall Futrell Smith College Bad Books: An Exploration of Censorship Evan Young Amherst College “All of it is a code anyway”: Augmenting a Literary Web for Almanac of the Dead   Kelly O’Connor UMass Amherst The Archaeology of Marriage in Central Pre-Roman Italy   Ray Van Huizen Smith College Ella Martin-Gachot Smith College Les Clefs de … Read More

Virtual Reality in Higher Education: Using VR to Understand and Explore Metaphysics

This year’s Five College Postdoctoral scholar of Digital Humanities and Blended Learning, Jeffrey Vadala challenged his Hampshire College class to produce virtual reality representations of ancient beliefs systems for the class Anthropologically Critiquing Reality. Influenced by the “Ontological Turn,” this class explores how ontological and metaphysical systems shape societies around the world. For a semester-long project, Hampshire college students learned to use VR tools while independently researching ancient Maya or Pompeiian metaphysical beliefs. More specifically, students were asked to represent and characterize … Read More

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 Matsumoto (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

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