“The Infrastructural Landscape of Ancient Tharros: A GIS Approach to Recording a Roman City” by Cinzia Presti

The goal of the project was to use a combination of digital humanities technologies and traditional archaeological methodologies to model and analyze the water and waste management system in Roman Tharros (Sardinia, Italy). After a year of modeling and research, the map is finally up on ArcGIS online!: https://arcg.is/1TTPzL Before I began this project, I had never worked with ArcGIS or FileMaker before and had never conducted an archaeological ground survey, so the majority of the work in the spring … Read More

“Arteries of the Empire: Relays in the Frontier Region of Qing China” by Tian Xia

Mapping Qing Relay Stations The project first started as a small mapping job that I did for an Amherst professor. My original task was to map an 18th century jade smuggling route that went from Sinkiang to coastal China. Along the way of extracting information out of Chinese historical archives and plotting them with ArcGIS, I noticed that the smuggling routes overlapped a great deal with Qing China’s relay routes, especially in the frontier regions, and I became more interested … Read More

“Queer Home and Home-Making in Modern Paris” by Ray Van Huizen & Ella Martin-Gachot

Ray Van Huizen and Ella Martin-Gachot, Smith CollegeCheck out Ray and Ella’s project site at https://lesclefsdechezmoi.5colldh.org/. Ray:I learned a lot while working on the Five College Digital Humanities Undergraduate Fellowship. I learned about new software, about website design, about geographic information systems (GIS). I learned about knowing when to ask for help and advice. But most of all, I learned about teamwork.I’ll start at the beginning, though. Ella and I had been working on our documentary for more than year—we were set … 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

Locating Zines: 5CollDH Fellowship Wrap-Up Post by Nora Claire Miller

    Where games, archives, and zines meet, you’ll find 5CollDH Undergraduate Fellow and Hampshire College student Nora Claire Miller hard at work. Miller’s project uses digital cartographic and network mapping tools to critically explore the physical and cultural travel of zines in the 1990s. This is Nora’s third post of three; you can click through to read the first and second installments, or read an interview with Nora by Jeffrey Moro. We also encourage you to check out their … Read More

Dominicano Donde Sea

60 Years of Globalization, Migration, and Integration in the Nikkei Dominican Community — A Microgrant Reflection by Omar PinedaFrom the streets of Little Tokyo in Los Angeles to those of São Paulo’s Liberdade district, Japan’s culture, media, and people have disseminated all over the world. Many have engaged the relationship between media and migration within the Japanese diaspora, focusing on the Nikkei communities that have formed in Latin America and the communities of descendant return migrant workers in Japan. However, … Read More

Envisioning Zine Networks in Twine (Nora Claire Miller)

  Where games, archives, and zines meet, you’ll find 5CollDH Undergraduate Fellow and Hampshire College student Nora Claire Miller hard at work. Miller’s project uses digital cartographic and network mapping tools to critically explore the physical and cultural travel of zines in the 1990s. This is Nora’s first post of three; you can click through to read the second and third installments, or read an interview with Nora by Jeffrey Moro. We also encourage you to check out their blog, … Read More

Locating Zines with 5CollDH Student Fellow Nora Claire Miller

Over the next few months, we’re running interviews with 5CollDH Student Fellows to learn more about their projects and research process. We start our series with Nora Claire Miller, a Division II student at Hampshire College. What is your 5CollDH project about?My project, Locating Zines, explores networks of zines (small, self-produced booklets or mini magazines) in the 1990s through digital mapping. The rise of zines in the 1990’s is often associated with the rise of riot grrrl, a musical and social … Read More

The Iron Streets of Pompeii and the Curious Case of Liquid Roman Iron

One of the great joys and frustrations of academia is coming up against a phenomenon that defies explanation. In 5CollDH undergraduate fellow Juliana van Roggen’s case, it’s asking why there are small iron deposits scattered around the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. In collaboration with an ongoing archaeological project, she’s creating a public, digital resource that maps the city in new and unusual ways. In her own words: Unlike my colleagues, my project does not focus on creation. Instead, I am tackling … Read More