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

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

Silence is in the Streets: An interview with Christin Washington

Christin Washington is a force. Her eloquence on the complexities of silence left me with a lot on my mind’s plate. As a 5collDH fellow for the year 2016/17, her project was on the theorization and the digitization of Black Silence. Using Black Brooklyn as a lens, she was able to analyze and read the absences. It takes courage and clarity to understand that because things are silent does not mean that they do not exist. For her project Dare … Read More

Methods of Ontological Remix: An interview with Kira deCoudres

Kira deCoudres is a fascinating young artist who is one of our 5CollDH fellows and a Hampshire College alum. Her fellowship project titled, Methods of Ontological Remix, is a thesis project exploring current potentials of posthumanism. Through writings, multimedia work, and an experimental lecture series, the project will demonstrate non-traditional methods of creative bodily disruption. In less than 140 characters, she describes herself as “director & cultivator of media, digital, & tech ecologies.” During this interview, we talk about many … Read More

New Models for Old things: An Interview with Kristina Bush

Kristina Bush has created a new model for a language that precedes the coming of Christ: Syriac. But before we get ahead of ourselves, what is Syriac? According to Beth Marduto: Syriac is a form of Aramaic, a language whose many dialects have been in continuous use since the 11th century BC. Originally the language of the Aramean people, Aramaic became the lingua franca of the Near East by the 6th century BC. It was the native tongue of the … Read More

Digitizing the Experience of Reading: An interview with Lauren Tuiskula

Any conversation about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is bound to be complex. Through Adichie’s novels, speeches, and interviews, we have seen and heard of her complex opinions informed by her complex history of weaving through many cultural and physical landscapes. One of our 5CollDH fellows Lauren Tuiskula finds Adichie’s complexity through one of her most popular novels; Americanah . Tuiskula’s project titled, “Digital Adichie: Identity, Diaspora, and Transmedia Practice”  uses a web form to pair textual and visual elements as means to study the immersive … Read More

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