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Ideas Workshop

November 6, 2019 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
FCI Burn Room
97 Spring St
MA 01002
Evan Young (5CollBL/DH Post-Bac)

Working on your ideas for the Digital Humanities Undergraduate Fellowship? Join us at our Ideas Workshop to discuss your vision and questions with other students and the 5CollDH team. The workshop will be in the Burn Room at Five Colleges, Inc. (97 Spring St, Amherst) at 4:30pm on November 6th, 2019.

Scroll down to learn more about a few of our past projects:


Les clefs de chez moi: Queer Home and Home-Making in Modern Paris

Fellowship Year: 2018-19

Researchers: Ella Martin-Gachot and Ray Van Huizen (Smith College)

Question: How do queer Parisians, native and adoptive citizens, connect with their personal conceptions of home?

Technologies Used: ArcGIS StoryMaps, WordPress

As 5CollDH fellows, Ella and Ray expanded on a year and a half of work. They created a website that houses a 26-minute documentary with footage from their interviews with 18 LGBTQ Parisians, an interactive ArcGIS (geographic information system) Story Map that holds clips from these interviews, and an interactive community generated map where visitors can share their own spaces of home.

Ray reflects on experience gained in the fellowship:

Neither of us is a coder, and yet we learned to make a website. Neither of us was a Film Studies major, and yet we made a beautiful film. We made a website mapping out the experiences of our participants. We created 5-20 minute clips of each of our interviews. We learned how to do so much.

Following up on their time in the fellowship, Ella and Ray plan to present the Les clefs de chez moi project at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference in November 2019, on a panel discussion titled “Spatial Politics/Transgressing Borders.”

Uncovering a New England Ghost Town

Fellowship Year: 2017-18

Researcher: Gwendolyn Jones (Smith College)

Question: How can one use LiDAR to uncover otherwise invisible information about archaeological features?

Technologies Used: Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR)LAStools (a LiDAR data processing software), and ArcGIS

Gwendolyn researched MacLeish Field Station, a property in Whately, MA owned by Smith College. She used publicly-available data gathered with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), which is a remote sensing method that uses a pulsing laser to measure ranges. LiDAR makes it possible to model archaeological features without disturbing or damaging a site that is difficult to reach or heavily damaged to begin with. From this data, she created Digital Elevation Models using LAStools and ArcGIS.

She wrote about her research:

“I have come across what I think may be the remains of a homestead on the portion of MacLeish often referred to as the Todd lot. This homestead is now nearly invisible when walking through MacLeish unless you already know where it is.”

After her fellowship, Gwendolyn planned to extend her research into a senior thesis where she would further explore MacLeish using surface collection methods and Ground-Penetrating Radar.

Generating Myth

Fellowship Year: 2017-18

Researcher: Bailey Fernandez (Hampshire College)

Question: How can mythic structures can be interpreted in a “generative” way across various platforms?

Technologies Used: TwineMax/MSP

Bailey used Twine to make his textual thesis project into a digital, interactive experience. He created an “interlocking web of small essays” on the works of William Blake, Snorri Sturluson, and Nick Land, then used Twine to allow the reader to experience the essays in any order or direction they desire. Bailey also created a soundscape accompaniment to accompany the experience of reading through the Twine site. He used Max/MSP, which allows for the creation of music pieces that generate over time.

About his project, Bailey wrote:

The organization of the piece emphasized both the similarities and the contradictions between its respective subjects. Since the four papers can be read in any order, and sections of one can become sections of another, they emphasize and highlight each others’ regularities.

Methods of Ontological Remix

Fellowship Year: 2016-17

Researcher: Kira deCoudres (Hampshire College)

Question: How can we use multimedia to discuss glitches?

Technologies Used: Various

Kira worked with us on her thesis project entitled Methods of Ontological Remix. Her goal was to demonstrate non-traditional methods of creative bodily disruption through writings, multimedia work, and an experimental lecture series. Some of the sections included “Becoming Crashed” (which is about car crashes) and “Becoming Ill,” (which looks at disease), both based on her personal experiences.

When asked why she decided to bring her project to us, she responded:

The Five College Digital Humanities are very much the people who are not just using tools and like using technology and digitizing things, but they are addressing the critical component of looking. Looking at why you’re using these technologies and how we’re using these technologies. That’s the humanities part of it. It’s that it’s not blindly or absentmindedly devouring technologies.

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