5CollDH Undergraduate Fellows 

  

In the Five College Consortium, undergraduate students consistently inform and inspire exciting new work in their fields. But what if their fields are multiple? Interstitial? Emergent? The 5CollDH undergraduate fellowship program exists to support outstanding student projects that bring a “digitized perspective” to larger dialogues in the arts and humanities.

Meet our past fellows below and watch recordings of their 5CollDH Undergraduate Symposia presentations.

2019-20 Fellows

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Shreeansh Agrawal
Amherst College Senior

Metrics of Success in South Asian Contemporary Art deals with the question of what it means to be a ‘successful’ artist in South Asia today. Having combined data science and art historical approaches, looking at auction sales and biennale/museum representation for artists over the last 20 years, the project creates a series of interactive network graphs that locates South Asian contemporary artists in a dataset by the number of auctions, biennales, museums, fairs and exhibitions. Read more about Shreeansh Agrawal.

Vivian Nguyen

Vivian Nguyen
Smith College Senior

Bulls in a China Shop: The Asian-American Struggle for Place is a digital curation of political art and texts that seeks to illustrate the evolution of Asian-American identity and the Asian enclaves that would eventually become known as “Chinatowns”. In exploring the duality of Asian-American representation as one that is desired yet feared, championed yet continuously othered, this project invites a conversation on belonging and the fragility of Americanness. Read more about Vivian Nguyen.

Cinzia Presti

Cinzia Presti
UMass Amherst Senior

The Infrastructural Landscape of Ancient Tharos: A GIS Approach to Recording a Roman City combines traditional archaeological surveying with geospatial methodologies in order to collect and examine data related to water management in Roman Tharros. The objective of this project is to model and analyze Tharros’ infrastructural elements, including the city’s sewers and drains system, cisterns, roads, and roofing environment to better understand how the urban infrastructure impacted the daily lives of Romans living at Tharros. Read more about Cinzia Presti.

Destiny Wiley-Yancy

Destiny Wiley-Yancy
Smith College Senior

“Loose, Informal” Connections: Black Women Prisoners and the Black International is a geospatial digital humanities and carceral history project about the lives of two incarcerated women during the mid-twentieth century global black freedom struggles in the United States and South Africa. This project seeks to bring together prison narratives and visualization of space to examine the meanings of freedom for imprisoned black women as depicted through their prison writings. Read more about Destiny Wiley-Yancy.

Tian Xia

Tian Xia
Amherst College Freshman

Arteries of the Empire: Relays in the Frontier Region of Qing China uses Historical GIS to reconstruct the the Qing Empire’s major road system as an interactive map with a corresponding digital database. Raw data for the project are drawn from various historical geography sources including, official records of the Qing Court, travel Logs of government officials and scholars, and old pictorial Maps. Read more about Tian Xia.

2018-19 Fellows

Kendall Futrell

Kendall Futrell
Smith College Junior

Bad Books: An Exploration of Censorship is an online exhibit tracing the manifestation of censorship throughout time, from manuscript to mass media. Digital reproductions of various materials from Smith College Special Collections act as a foundation for a much larger discussion about censorship. Read more about Kendall Futrell.

Evan Young

Evan Young
Amherst College Senior

“All of it is a code anyway”: Augmenting a Literary Web for Almanac of the Dead is a hybrid augmented reality (AR) project that aims is to invite readers into an interactive engagement of Laguna Pueblo author Leslie Marmon Silko’s 1991 novel ​Almanac of the Dead​. The project ​strives to enable readers to more clearly locate themselves within the physical and virtual storyscapes of ​Almanac​ through the conceptualization of knotting as a narrative, structural, and conceptual framing of reality in the novel. Read more about Evan Young.

Kelly O'Connor

Kelly O’Connor
UMass Amherst Senior

In The Archaeology of Marriage in Central Pre-Roman Italy, Kelly O’Connor created a website with interactive pdfs and deconstructed reconstructions of sarcophagi, architectural decorations, Potnia Theron iconography, and inscriptions to address how marriages of elite Etruscans in a mature socio-political environment are reflected in the archaeological record, and what these reflections tell us about the values the Etruscans found in marriage. Read more about Kelly O’Connor.

Ray Van Huizen

Ray Van Huizen
Smith College Senior

Ella Martin-Gachot

Ella Martin-Gachot
Smith College Senior

Les Clefs de Chez Moi: Queer Home and Home-Making in Modern Paris is a multimedia project that questions the interaction of public space with the feeling of home and queer identities and communities. During the fellowship, Ella and Ray expanded the reach of the 2-year project and explored its depths through the creation of a detailed ArcGIS Story Map and website. Read more about Ella Martin-Gachot and Ray Van Huizen.

2017-18 Fellows

Bailey Fernandez

Bailey Fernandez
Hampshire College

Magic & Ideology: Foundations for a Creative Structuralism combines structuralist theory and constructive myth theory inside the space of a digital thesis project. Using digital tools (Max/MSP and Twine), Bailey creates an interactive experience. Read more about Bailey Fernandez.

 

T.X. Watson

T.X. Watson
Hampshire College

Memetic Engines of Anticapitalism explores political activist work based on the premises that effective activism needs to take place on the memetic landscape of our culture, and that the major actors of capitalism are memetic entities rather than individual humans. This project deals both with “memes” used on the internet and memetic social structures in the broader sense. Read more about T.X. Watson.

 

Key Estime

Key Estime
Mount Holyoke College

Why Bare Hands? Why RYSE-UP? is a hybrid project that articulates a digital video ethnography with a hypermedia web experience. The project explores the needs of youth in the Railroad Street Youth Student Empowerment Program (RYSE). Read more about Key Estime.

 

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Gwendelyn Jones
Smith College

Uncovering a New England Ghost Town: LiDAR and GPR Explorations of Historic Architecture in Western MA uses Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data available from local drones alongside multispectral LiDAR data and 3D modeling software to explore the landscape around Smith College’s MacLeish Field Research Station in order to understand and characterize the history of human impacts upon the local landscape. Read more about Gwendelyn Jones.

 

Lehua Matsumoto

Lehua Matsumoto
Amherst College

Cycles of Reconciliation: Indigenous Landscape Knowledge in Virtual Reality is an interactive virtual reality environment that introduces users to the natural world surrounding Amherst College and the Western Massachusetts area. Read more about Lehua.

 

2016-2017 Fellows

Emily Lankiewicz

Emily Lankiewicz
Mount Holyoke Senior

New Ways of Seeing explores the use of photogrammetry and 3D modeling on art objects in the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. This use of technology provides new opportunities for the museum in terms of interactivity, conservation, and accessibility. Read more about Emily Lankiewicz.

 

Kira deCoudres

Kira deCoudres
Hampshire College Division III

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. Read more about Kira deCoudres.

 

Christin Washington

Christin Washington
Amherst College Senior

Dare to Remember re-envisions ways to represent histories of black Brooklyn. It explores the potential of GIS Mapping, photography, and Augmented Reality to memorialize these histories while paying respect to the roles of silence and erasure embedded within them. Read more about Christin Washington

 

Kristina Bush

Kristina Bush
Mount Holyoke Senior

“A Challenge to Syriac Paleography: Using Digital Tools to Contest Modern Scholarship” is a digital paleography project that seeks to identify and describe the transition from estrangela to serto script in Aramaic manuscripts from the 5th to 11th century. The project will also explore the importance of paleographic research, especially in the digital age. Read more about Kristina Bush

 

Lauren Tuiskula

Lauren Tuiskula
Amherst College Senior

The Digital in “Americanah” uses a web form to pair textual and visual elements as means to study the immersive nature of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Americanah”. Main focuses include blogging, the presence of digital communication in the text, and constructed identity. Read more about Lauren Tuiskula.

 

Edmonde Brule

Edmonde Brule
UMass Amherst Sophomore

The Dialect of Discontinuous Selfhood focuses on the ways video games engage with and challenge embodiment through multimedia lectures that explore such games as the Hotline Miami series, Braid, The Stanley Parable, Gone Home, Depression Quest, ISLANDS: Non-places, ‘Papers, Please’, and the works of Pippin Barr. Read more about Edmonde Brule.

Misha Oraa Ali

Misha Oraa Ali
Mount Holyoke Senior

MuSyC (Music, Synaesthesia, Color) focuses on building a music to colour synaesthesia simulator by taking auditory stimulus input and presenting real time visual feedback. Read more about Misha Oraa Ali.

 

2015-2016 Fellows

Eunice Esomonu

Eunice Esomonu
Mount Holyoke Senior

Eunice’s project consists of four public art installations that use the elements of hip hop culture: Turntablism/DJing, Graffiti Art, Breaking, and Rapping. She used these installations to gain perspective in interactive multimedia production expressed through performances and installation. Read more about Eunice Esomonu.

 

Nora Claire Miller

Nora Claire Miller
Hampshire College Division II

Nora’s project uses digital cartographic and network mapping tools to critically explore the physical and cultural travel of zines in the 1990s. The final form of their project will be a web-based game emulating the experience and political history of finding and trading zines. Read more about Nora Claire Miller.

 

Ott Lindstrom

Carl “Ott” Lindstrom
Amherst College Senior

Carl’s project is a multimedia Scalar exhibition tracking the changing relationship of the spectator with the media object from classic film to interactive video games to the immersive future of virtual reality. Read more about Carl “Ott” Lindstrom.

 

Isaiah Mann

Isaiah Mann
Hampshire College Division II

Isaiah’s project, GlowLime Games, is an initiative to promote game development in the Five Colleges. The chief objective is to build a game development studio: run by students, with student conceived projects, and showcasing the interdisciplinary skills of student game developers. Read more about Isaiah’s project.

 

Tanvi Kapoor

Tanvi Kapoor
Smith College Junior

Tanvi’s project looks at the forms of sociality occasioned by the residential shift from bungalow-style living to apartment-style living in India. Through a spatio-visual analysis of domestic interactions — particularly between servants and employers — her project seeks to trace the movements and intimacies enabled by the different architectural configurations of the household space. Read more about Tanvi’s project.

 

2014-2015 Fellows

Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell
Amherst College Senior

Craig’s project is an ethical and aesthetic exploration into the architectures of cyberspace and poetics of virtuality. Through an interdisciplinary practice of research, rendering, and writing, the project engages how architects, artists, and designers can break from design conventions of digital space to constitute novel modes of engagement. In this sense, Craig’s project is a speculative one; it aims to find new words, forms, and movements for creating and critiquing spaces both virtual and actual. Read more about Craig Campbell

 

Cade Johnson

Cade Johnson
Smith College Junior

Cade’s project is a queer feminist online installation art piece and analytical essay on the strange life of body horror in cinema and the digital age. Through theorists such as Donna Haraway and Julia Kristeva, artists and filmmakers such as David Cronenberg and porpentine, and technologies such as Twine, the project interrogates new relationships between the body, the audience, and the screen, and what stakes those relationships have for feminist praxis. Read more about Cade Johnson.

 

Juliana van Roggen

Juliana van Roggen
UMass–Amherst Senior

Juliana’s project is a public, digital resource that functions as a companion to ongoing archaeological research on iron deposits in the streets of Pompeii. The project will bring together new research on the ancient city with georeferenced maps to create a web interface that will provide valuable context on how people moved through and used the Pompeiian streets, as well as new insights into how digital technologies can be used in archaeological research. Read more about Juliana van Roggen.

 

Coralie Pardo

Coralie Pardo
Amherst College Senior

Coralie’s project is an interactive video game that uses principles of embodiment to interrogate the experience of race and gender. Using Oculus Rift technology, Coralie will design and implement a game that teaches players about the ubiquitous natures of race and gender, and how they permeate even seemingly neutral interactions. Read more about Coralie Pardo.

 

Wouter Schievink

Wouter Schievink
Hampshire College Division III

Wouter’s project is a series of public art installations that use principles of robotics and interactivity to engage the disjunctions between interfaces and underlying technologies. The installations will deploy a number of digital and analog elements, including microcomputers, light fixtures, web programming, and the human body to investigate the occluded relationships inherent to how we interact with our technologies. Read more about Wouter Schievink.

 

Andrew Wang

Andrew Wang
Amherst College Senior

Andrew’s project exists at the intersection of digital technologies and experimental musicality—a space that Andrew describes as a “feedback loop” of compositional practices. Using stomp boxes, MIDI controllers, and Abelton Live in conjunction with traditional instruments like the violin, Andrew will explore experimental approaches in musical processing. Read more about Andrew Wang.

 

2013-2014 Fellows

Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander
Amherst College Senior

Liz’s project is an interdisciplinary inquiry into what it means to read, analyze, and speak to narratives of enslavement. Alexander began with two source texts—Harriet Jacob’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) and Octavia Butler’s novel Kindred (1979)—and asked how digital literary analysis might create a better reading of the agency, urgency, and silence in Butler and Jacob’s works. Read more about Elizabeth Alexander.

 

Gavriella Levy Haskell

Gavriella Levy Haskell
Smith College Junior

Gavi’s project seeks to build a desktop application through which museums and other cultural institutions can create freely-available, GPS-assisted iOS audio tour apps. Larger museums can often afford to hire a developer to build apps for them, but currently the cheaper solutions available are unideal. The desktop editor will allow museums to include their own branding, and to offer a narrowed list of options for easy searching (using the assisted GPS), in a device they can produce themselves with relatively few technical skills. Read more about Gavriella Levy Haskell.

 

Richelle Cohen

Richelle Cohen
UMass—Amherst Junior

Richelle’s project, The Importance of Being Proverbial, designs and builds a computer program that generates novel proverbs, which she then uses to interrogate linguistic and cultural questions provoked by proverbs. She is working on a script that generates “novel” proverbs and is looking specifically at what, in particular, makes some sound more proverbial than others. Read more about Richelle Cohen.

 

Marii Nyröp

Marii Nyröp
Hampshire College Division III

Marii’s project is a thematic and collaborative project that interrogates cloud computing as an affective, artistic medium. The project began as an open call for international media artists to apply for Marii’s online residency program. Once selected, the artists (including Marii) spent several weeks chatting, Skyping, and emailing content back and forth in order to make new artworks on the topic of ‘the cloud’ and in conversation with each other. These works were exhibited in an IRL gallery show at Hampshire College and in an online installation. Read more about Marii Nyröp.

 

Sarah Hastings

Sarah Hastings
Mount Holyoke College Junior

Sarah’s project involves building a “tiny house” with local, sustainably sourced materials and digitally mapping out the processes of designing, building, and inhabiting the modular home. The project was inspired by Hastings’ interests in architecture, sustainability, and mapping, as well as her involvement in tiny house communities online. In its final form, the RhizHome project will map where materials came from, the paths they traveled, and the carbon footprint generated, as well as where the house itself travels while Sarah inhabits it. Read more about Sarah Hastings.

 

 

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