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Moralized Cartography
About Marcel Brousseau

map of Oaxaca and Veracruz that charts a chapter of Óscar Martínez's workDr. Marcel Brousseau is developing a series of digital maps that he calls “moralized road maps.” His first map, “La Bestia,” built using QGIS, depicts the migration route from Central America to the United States by charting a chapter from Salvadoran journalist Óscar Martínez’s 2010 book Los migrantes que no importan (translated into English as The Beast in 2013). Inspired by Potawatomi geographer Margaret Pearce’s “emotional geographies” of colonial Canada, and by medieval and early-modern allegorical geographies, moralized road maps are intended to be a critical cartography that explores new forms for literary and cultural analysis in the humanities.

Marcel Brousse smiling and standing in a purple shirt against a green bush backgroundMarcel Brousseau is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of English, and an affiliate of the Department of Ethnic Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His publications include essays about Kiowa literary and digital mapping, about the poetics of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, and about the symbolism of bridges and tunnels on the U.S.-Mexico borderline. He teaches classes about Latinx literature and Native American literature and can be reached at mbrousse@uoregon.edu.

UO Veterans Oral History Project
About Alex Dracobly

In 2012, Dr. Alex Dracobly launched the UO Veterans Oral History Project, which has since interviewed about one hundred twenty veterans and currently has about fifty interviews available via their portal website. Dr. Dracobly is also producing a the semi-animated map of Napoleon’s 1805 Ulm-Austerlitz Campaign, a project that is nearing completion. 

Alex Dracobly received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in 1996. He began teaching at the University of Oregon in AY 1995-1996. Dracobly began more as a specialist of European history (the French medical profession and medical science, to be specific) but he has gravitated over the years toward military history. 

The Social Life of Ken Kesey's Cuckoo's Nest
About Caela Fenton
About Ally Baker

a picture of Ken Kesey smiling next to his life dates, 1935-2001Caela Fenton and Ally Baker utilized the University of Oregon Special Collection’s archive of local author Ken Kesey’s personal correspondence to investigate the imbrication of his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, within the social milieu of its era [visit the site here]. They ventured out with the question: What is the power of literature, and how can we begin to measure the material and ideological influences of one particular work? They contend that the letters exchanged between Ken Kesey and his friends and fans constitute one means of gauging the intervention that his first novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, provided in cultural, political and social circles. Published in 1962 at a time when many of the established institutions began to be scrutinized and questioned, the novel caused readers and various stakeholders to reconsider the treatment of patients in mental institutions across the United States. They examine Kesey’s own experience volunteering and working in a mental hospital in the formation of his text as well as its social afterlife following publication. Regardless of the validity of Kesey’s representations of mental illness, the novel succeeded in not only capturing the imagination of readers, but also in pushing these readers to take action and advocate for the increased rights of mental patients.

Visit the project here: http://www.bioethics.woodmazurka.org/exhibits/show/ken-kesey

picture of Fenton standing in a white shirt in the library book stacksCaela Fenton is a second year PhD candidate within the University of Oregon English Department. A Canadian transplant to Oregon, Caela completed her BA and MA at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her primary research interests lie within the Environmental Humanities and Digital Humanities (and when possible, the marriage of the two!). Although, as an avid runner, ‘TrackTown, USA’ has increasingly drawn her to research within social history of sport. Caela currently teaches a ‘Food Justice’ themed WR 122 course and is involved in planning the Digital Humanities elements of UO’s 2019-2020 academic year Common Reading Program.

Baker smiling while standing in a field of tall grass and flowersAlly Baker is a second year graduate student in the Department of English. Her primary fields of interest include Disability Studies and Media Studies, with an emerging interest in Digital Humanities.

Serious Play: Assimilating Games in Asian America
About Tara Fickle

Screen shot of Tara Fickle's website showing a family in a post WWII living room

Dr. Tara Fickle's current project, “Serious Play: Assimilating Games in Asian America,” uses games as both literal and metaphorical structures to provide a fresh perspective on Asian American texts and cultural histories, revealing the underlying centrality of play, chance, humor, and fantasy to the identities and experiences of a racialized community often thought of solely in the sobering, limiting terms of labor and economic productivity. Read more about Fickle's project at ficklet.wordpress.com.

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Tara Fickle is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oregon. She teaches courses in Game Studies, Comic Studies, and Ethnic American literature, and is an affiliated faculty member with the New Media & Culture Certificate, theEthnic Studies Department, and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. In both her teaching and research, Tara brings together race & ethnicity, literature, and new media to explore questions of identity formation, assimilation, and contemporary cultural expression. You can reach her at tfickle@uoregon.edu

DH Pedagogy: Water as Power, Life & Death
About Lisa Fink

A series of statues sitting on the ocean floor surrounded by fishUndergraduate students in Lisa Fink’s Environmental Studies 411 course Water as Power, Life & Death create Story Maps that explore a contemporary water issue through the lens of critical environmental justice. Focused on digital storytelling, student Story Maps incorporate original video and video editing, original audio and audio editing, digital mapping, and text analysis. 

A close-up of Lisa Fink's face, wearing glasses, and surrounded closely by flowers. Black and white.Lisa Fink is a PhD student in Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy at the University of Oregon. Her work focuses on environmental justice and politics, immigration, race, space, epistemology, contemporary U.S. literature and cultural production, and digital humanities. A Fulbright alum (Mongolia ’06) and author of the poetry chapbook Her Disco (dancing girl press, 2013), she holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia.

Victorian Scribblers, Podcast
About Courtney Floyd

VICTORIAN SCRIBBLERS is a biography and literature podcast co-hosted by Courtney Floyd, Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Oregon, and Eleanor Dumbill, Ph.D. candidate in English and Publishing at Loughborough University. The podcast episodes cover the lives and work of lesser-known nineteenth-century writers, and our special features highlight important cultural contexts that bring the Victorian period to life. You can find the podcast at http://victorianscribblers.com/. 

 

An image of Courtney Floyd wearing glasses, a green shirt, and a black sweater, and smiling at the camera.Courtney Floyd is a Ph.D. candidate in the English department at the University of Oregon. Her dissertation examines issues of embodiment and identity in and through nineteenth-century material print and media culture, focusing particularly on the ways in which marginalized characters in Victorian fiction strategically turn to elements of print and media culture to revise and take charge of their own narratives. She regularly blogs about aspects of this research at www.angelofthearchive.wordpress.com and has recently started a book history Instagram account (@bibliophage_19C). Courtney also runs the 19th-Century British Studies Group at the University of Oregon, through which she has experimented with digital read-along and discussion formats. This experimentation led to an opportunity to organize and run the Mary Elizabeth Braddon Association’s first ever digital read along, an international, year-long project open to any and all interested parties. You can contact Floyd at https://courtneyafloyd.com/.

Yemen Manuscripts Digitization Initiative
About David Hollenberg

Professor David Hollenberg is the founder of the Yemen Manuscripts Digitization Initiative (ymdi.uoregon.edu).  YMDI is devoted to preserving the manuscripts of Yemen, the largest number of unexplored Arabic manuscripts in the world. This collection is threatened by the uncertain social and political conditions in Yemen. Under his direction, YMDI received a $330,000  National Endowment for the Humanitites/Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft grant on behalf of Princeton University Library and Free University, Berlin, to digitize and disseminate 267 codices in private libraries in Yemen and from the collections at Princeton University Library and the Staadtsbibliothek, Berlin. You can read more about his important cultural preservation in this article from Al Jazeera America.

David Hollenberg speaking with a manDavid Hollenberg is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islam at the University of Oregon. His research focuses on medieval Shiism and modern scholasticism and manuscript culture. His recent publications include The Yemeni Manuscript Tradition (Brill, 2015; editor with co-editors Sabine Schmidtke and Christopher Rauch) and Beyond the Qur’an; Ismaili ta’wil and the Secrets of the Prophets (University of South Carolina Press, 2016). You can reach Professor Hollenberg at dbh@uoregon.edu

Imagined San Francisco
About Ocean Howell

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In collaboration with Stanford University’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), Dr. Ocean Howell is currently developing a web-based project called “Imagined San Francisco.” This project traces the history of urban planning in San Francisco, with a special emphasis on unrealized plans. “Imagined San Francisco” demonstrates how visual materials like planning maps and architectural renderings can help to reveal the contours of political power in ways that textual sources cannot. His work has appeared in the Journal of Urban History, the Pacific Historical ReviewSpace and Culture, and the Journal of Architectural Education. He is the author of Making the Mission: Planning and Ethnicity in San Francisco (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

An image of Ocean Howell with black hair facing the camera head onOcean Howell is Associate Professor of History and Architectural History in the Clark Honors College and in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Oregon. His research focuses on the urban history of the United States, particularly on the west coast in the twentieth century. Dr. Howell can be reached at ohowell@uoregon.edu.

The Lyon Archive
About Heidi Kaufman

Painting of a historic street scene with buggies and horsesHeidi Kaufman is currently building The Lyon Archive, a public humanities project that grows out of a collaboration among scholars, University of Oregon students, librarians and archivists from Knight Library, and members of the Lyon family. This project makes rare manuscript materials available to the public while also exploring the digital archive’s power to engage with a prolific Anglo-Jewish family. In addition to making visible important writing and artifacts, The Lyon Archive explores the digital archive's power to challenge and expand our knowledge of the cultural record through the interplay of documentary digital editions of written texts, sound recordings and podcasts, maps, timelines, exhibits, and movies. 

Picture of Heidi Kaufman wearing a black shirt and standing in an officeHeidi Kaufman is Associate Professor in English and currently serves as Director of Digital Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences. She helped developed the new minor in DH in 2017. In addition to scholarly interests in nineteenth-century British literature, digital humanities, and Jewish Studies, she is building a digital archive of nineteenth-century writing by London's East Enders. She is also part of a data science/literary studies working group engaged in developing a literature toolkit for users of Python. Professor Kaufman has a forthcoming essay collection (co-edited with Sarah Phillips Casteel), Caribbean Jewish Crossings: Literary History and Creative Practice (UVA 2019). She is also completing a study of East End literary culture and archival theory.   

How We Become Our Data
About Colin Koopman

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Photo Source: https://pages.uoregon.edu/koopman/index.html

How We Became Our Data: A Genealogy of the Informational Person by Colin Koopman. "This project focuses on the overlay between information and politics as mediated by a form of subjectivity emergent in the twentieth century.  Research for this work has taken me into the early years of scientific personality psychology (ca. 1917-1937), the racialization of real estate appraisal practices in America (ca. 1923-1934), and the history of identification paperwork (ca. 1913-1933).  For early previews of what is motivating this work see my article on 'infopolitics' in the New York Times or read "A Philosopher Ponders the Virtual Public Sphere" in UO's CASCade magazine.  For an early presentation of some of the first rounds of this work see my talk "New Media, New Power?" at the University of Utah.  For a more recent presentation see my talk on "Infopolitics" at my undergrad alma mater."

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Colin Koopman, Associate Professor of Philosophy, is the current director of the NMCC. (Photo source: https://philosophy.uoregon.edu/profile/koopman/).

Working on the history of information politics, Colin Koopman is an Associate Professor of Philosophy. He is currently developing a genealogy of what he calls “the informational person” and its emergence, in the early twentieth century. Most recently, Koopman published an article titled “The Algorithm and the Watchtower” in The New Inquiry, which considers the role of Big Data in what he describes as the development of informational persons, who imagine themselves “in terms of the status updates, check-ins, and other informational accoutrements.” He is the author of two books: Genealogy as Critique: Foucault and the Problems of Modernity (Indiana University Press, 2013) and Pragmatism as Transition: Historicity and Hope in James, Dewey, and Rorty (Columbia University Press, 2009) and numerous articles and reviews. He also teaches exciting courses relevant to those interested in interrogating the digital sphere, most notably a course called “Habitual New Media,” co-taught with Professor Wendy Chung of Brown University, a class on “Internet, Society, and Philosophy,” which interrogates the relationships among these concepts from a philosophical perspective, and most recently a course on “Media Archaeology.”

Social Network Analysis
About Ryan Light

Professor Ryan Light's research focuses on culture, science, and social networks. He has been working on projects that deal with a variety of substantive issues including the relational structure of workplace racial discrimination, power and justice in conditions of extreme disadvantage, the organization of research on same-sex parenting and HIV/AIDS research, and text modeling, such as topic and network-text models. He uses a wide variety of data to explore these research interests including traditional surveys, political speeches, narratives, and scientific abstracts. Light’s work is increasingly influenced by advances in the digital humanities and computational social science.

Ryan Light stands outside, smiling directly at the camera.Ryan Light is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Oregon. He is the author of many articles on social network analysis, including a forthcoming article with Jeanine Cunningham entitled “Oracles of Peace: Topic Modeling, Cultural Opportunity, and the Nobel Prize for Peace, 1902-2012” in Mobilization and an article co-authored with Jimi Adams called “Scientific Consensus, the Law, and Same Sex Parenting Outcomes” in Social Science Research. He has recently taught undergraduate courses on the sociology of culture, sociology of science, research methods and sociological theory, and he also teaches graduate-level courses on research methods and social networks, including networks derived from texts.

The Oregon Petrarch Open Book
About Massimo Lollini

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Image source: https://petrarch.uoregon.edu/

The Oregon Petrarch Open Book, a working database-driven hypertext in and around Francis Petrarch’s Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta (Canzoniere). Professor Massimo Lollini has developed this project as the Principal Investigator in the last 10 year with collaborators. In 2010, the project received a NEH Digital Humanities Grant and in 2012/2013 an ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship. The hypertext allows scholars and students to appreciate both the importance of the material support and the evolution of the text of this masterpiece of Italian and world literature, as well as its metamorphoses moving from manuscript culture to early print and digital culture.

Massimo Lollini smiles into the camera in front of a bookshelfMassimo Lollini received his B.A. from the University of Bologna (Italy) Laurea Magna cum Laude, in March 1978; his M.A. in Italian from Yale University with Distinction in 1990, and his Ph.D. in Italian with Honors from Yale University in 1992. At the University of Oregon he has been Assistant Professor (1992-1998), Associate Professor (September 1998-2001) and Professor of Italian, Romance Languages and Participating faculty in Comparative literature Program since June 2002. He has concentrated his recent intellectual activity on studying and teaching the reformulation of received philological and philosophical ideas of writing and reading literary works, motivated by the advent of electronic texts. He is presently working on two main Web projects and one Blog:

Humanist Studies & the Digital Age, a peer-reviewed e-journal that offers a central location for the publication of research in technological approaches to analyzing literature in the humanities. In addition, it is the primary scholarly dissemination tool for the Oregon Petrarch Open Book project. He was the Editor in Chief of the journal that has published three issues since 2011. The fourth issue entitled Lector in Rete: Figures of the Reader in Digital Humanities is forthcoming in October 2015. It will include two articles Massimo wrote with two students that collaborated with him in a seminar on new ways of studying literature in our time: “Re-reading Petrarca in the Digital Era” in collaboration with Pierpaolo Spagnolo, and “Digital Philology and Twitterature” in collaboration with Rebecca Rosenberg.

The Oregon Petrarch Open Book (feature in the left tab)

My Blog for a More than Human Humanism, focuses on his actual research, and it addresses in different ways the problem of Humanism in our time and reflects on the crisis of traditional notions of human subjectivity. In particular it explores the ideas of a more than human humanism and poetic geography.

Mediterranean Connectivity Initiative
About Lindsey Mazurek

Roman Theatre Located in Ostia ActicaProfessor Lindsey Mazurek is interested in questions of globalization and social networks in the Mediterranean. In 2016, her co-edited volume Across the Corrupting Sea: Post-Braudelian Approaches to the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean (Routledge) brought postmodern theoretical perspectives to bear questions of Mediterranean connectivity raised by the work of historian Fernand Braudel. Bringing these questions into her archaeological fieldwork, she co-directs the Mediterranean Connectivity Initiative, a digital archaeology and social history project that combines GIS and Social Network Analysis to reconstruct potential social groupings and their participation in the urban fabric of Rome’s main port city of Ostia. She has participated in archaeological fieldwork in the Athenian Agora, Mycenae, Nemea, and Exmoor National Park, and her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Loeb Classical Library, the Onassis Foundation, and the International Catacomb Society.

Lindsey Mazurek standing again a wall wearing a black shirt and smiling
Assistant Professor Lindsey Mazurek, UO Department of History

Lindsey Mazurek is a specialist in ancient history with a focus on the eastern Mediterranean under the Roman Empire. She previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and taught in the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Bucknell University. Her research focuses on questions of ethnicity, migration, materiality, and identification in antiquity. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Roman Archaeology, American Journal of Archaeology, Classical Review and will appear in a forthcoming edition of Gnomon. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Embodying Isis: Egyptian Religion and the Negotiation of Greekness. This project re-examines prevailing notions of Greek identity and group formation under the Roman Empire by focusing on devotees of Egyptian religion who lived in Roman Greece.

The Unseen in the Modern Image World
About Brendan O'Kelly

University of Oregon Instructor of English, Brendan O'Kelly, is interested in quantifying and visualizing the category of “style” in fiction and mapping the emergence of visual media, as reference or formal convention, in Modernist fiction. His current project, “The Unseen in the Modern Image World,” explores the relationship between visual technologies and literary production in the twentieth century.

Brendan O'Kelly wearing a plaid shirt and smiling at the cameraBrendan O’Kelly is an Instructor of English and Writing at the University of Oregon. He teaches fiction, theory and criticism, film and media, and writing courses; he has also taught for the Comics Studies minor and the First-Year Program. He specializes in 20th/21st C American, British, and Irish fiction; Critical Theory and Film and Media Theory.

Hometown Show: The Oregon Theater Project
About Elizabeth Peterson

A screenshot of the Hometown Show website, which show an old sepia tone photograph of an old streetcar and downtown scene  Hometown Show: The Oregon Theater Project provides a historical sketch of movie theaters in Oregon from the beginning of cinema at the turn of the 20th century through the silent era (1896-1930). The website aims to document the history of moviegoing in Oregon–why people went to the movies, where people watched them, and what people thought about them. The website began as a collaborative research project in CINE 335 Moviegoing & Audiences, a course co-taught by Prof. Michael Aronson and librarian Elizabeth Peterson. The majority of the content on the website is the work of undergraduate students from this class, and as such is a work in progress. Visit the website here: https://blogs.uoregon.edu/movies/.

Elizabeth Peterson headshot, black and white, slightly smiling wearing a black sweater.Elizabeth Peterson is a humanities librarian and subject specialist for Cinema Studies, Comparative Literature, and Theater Arts. She has a B.A. in Comparative Literature, a M.A. in Film Studies, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science. Her current research focuses on Oregon film history and archival film.

Digital Mitford
About Elizabeth Raisanen
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A network graph from the Digital Mitford project that shows the mutual references in Mary Russell Mitford’s letters, journal, and writings from the early 1820s.

Elizabeth Raisanen is a founding editor of the Digital Mitford (http://www.digitalmitford.org/), an international Digital Humanities project that is creating a comprehensive digital archive of scholarly editions of nineteenth-century author Mary Russell Mitford’s extensive body of work. She is currently editing Mitford’s 1826 play Foscari, as well as a number of Mitford’s manuscript letters from the 1820s, and she is also the Drama Section editor for the project. Elizabeth has taught undergraduates how to transcribe, code, and conduct research on a collection of Mitford’s letters that are stored at Reading Central Library.

Elizabeth Raisanen smiles into the camera on a beautiful sunny dayElizabeth Raisanen is the Director of Undergraduate Advising and an Instructor of Literature in the Robert D. Clark Honors College. A specialist in the women writers of the British Romantic era, Elizabeth’s research interests also extend to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, Romantic drama, and the Digital Humanities. Her essays on Romantic women writers have appeared in European Romantic ReviewWomen’s StudiesWomen’s History Review, and an edited collection on Mary Wollstonecraft.

Colonize Mars
About Rachel Rochester

Rachel Rochester's "Colonize Mars is a crowd-sourced, digital locus-colonial novel that specifically seeks to connect the history of Earth’s environmental decimation and the future of human colonial efforts on Mars. To read the novel, download this regularly updating file and open with Google Earth Pro, then select the Mars visualization. It helps to make sure the sidebar is visible. Double click on any of the "places" in the folder "Colonize Mars": you'll find an abundance of possible settlement sites, each replete with a host of colonists. Read their stories, and be sure to click on any links to see artistic renderings, watch videos, listen to audio logs, or see non-fiction research on various facets of the narrative. Feel free to visit the gallery of artwork featured in Colonize Mars here."

Rachel Rochester stands in front of a brick wall and smiles at the cameraRachel Rochester is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon. She specializes in the literature of South Asia, postcolonial theory, the environmental humanities, and how new media and emerging technologies impact how we interact with these literatures. She is interested in interdisciplinarity, specifically examining how literary rhetorical strategies that have impacted political movements might inspire real action in response to climate change and environmental degradation. Rochester has published on the role of podcasting technology in climate change research and the rhetoric of proposed interplanetary colonization efforts. Please contact Rochester at rachelr@uoregon.edu, or at her website.

Materiality Studies
About Debarghya Sanyal

A stack of books that appear to be blown away into little piecesDebarghya Sanyal's particular interest lies in exploring the formation of dominant popular iconographies and web-narratives as new age oral narratives. He is constantly engaged in the research and study of texts dealing with the interactions of oral narratives, comic books, new media, television serials and films. To this end, he also writes blogs, primarily around Indian comics and web-comics. Debarghya has worked in one of India’s most-selling financial daily The Business Standardas a data and web journalist, and has nearly 150 bylines on the web, and 20 in print.

Debarghya Sanyal sits facing sideways outdoors, looking at the camera and smiling over his shoulder.Debarghya Sanyal is a graduate student at the department of English at the UO. He is an avid reader of comic books, graphic novels, primary epics, fantasy literature, and folklore. 

Teaching for Agency
About Emily Simnitt

A word bubble filled with black and white cartoon faces, meant to represent crowdsourcingDr. Emily Simnitt's recent Composition Studies article “Teaching for Agency: From Appreciating Linguistic Diversity to Empowering Student Writers” discusses the role of Twitter within a pedagogical framework that enables multilingual writers to understand the effect of their linguistic and rhetorical choices. 

Emily Simnitt sits left of frame, smiling directly into the cameraEmily Simnitt is a Career Instructor at the University of Oregon specializing in teaching student writers from diverse linguistic backgrounds. She is currently working on a dissertation project to complete a Ph.D. in Composition and TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania that explores student academic authorship as a multilingual, digitally-mediated experience. Emily is interested in the ways in which writing programs can draw on cultural competencies, digital literacies, and linguistic agility of students to support their agency as writers in academic and public spaces. She is interested in exploring with other digital humanists pedagogy that incorporates a critical lens through which students can examine digital tools and global digital writing spaces and then create and compose their own.  Follow her on Twitter @emilysimnitt.

Materiality Studies
About Parker Smith

A flat map of the world pixelated to look as if the whole world is digital Parker Smith's work focuses on questions of temporality and environment, specifically how experiences of time are affected by environmental conditions. His interest in the digital humanities lies in the hidden materiality of digital media, from data centers to personal devices. Currently he is examining how conceptions of the digital as intangible and infinite occlude material realities such as the human labor that produces electronic devices and the electronic waste these devices eventually become.

Michael Smith smiles looking off to the side in front of a bookcaseParker Smith is a PhD student at the University of Oregon studying American literature. 

The Modernist Archives Publishing Project
About Helen Southworth
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Professor Helen Southworth's recent areas of focus include modernist publishing, modernist periodical culture, book arts, and life writing – work which has led to a digital humanities collaboration with colleagues in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom – the Modernist Archives Publishing Project or MAPP (modernistarchives.com). The project is funded through a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant and Text Technologies at Stanford University. A book documenting the building of MAPP is forthcoming in the Palgrave book History series under the title Scholarly Adventures in Digital Humanities: Building the Modernist Archives Publishing Project (Feb, 2017). Southworth’s biography of interwar British writer and musician Francesca Allinson, Fresca: A Life in the Making. A Biographer’s Quest for a Forgotten Bloomsbury Polymath is forthcoming from Sussex Academic Press in 2017.

 

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Professor Helen Southworth (Photo source: https://www.modernistarchives.com/content/team)

Professor Helen Southworth's research focuses on the modernist period, and she has published books and articles on a range of writers including Virginia Woolf, Colette, John Hampson, Ford Madox Ford, George Borrow, and Douglas Goldring.

 
WWI and the Rise of Disability Representation
About Alexander Steele

An image of a chart showing numbers of people disabled during WWIAlexander Steele's DH project tracks how British and American modernist literature around the First World War sought to represent the innumerable disabled bodies the war produced. His project uses Python and the new lit_tk library as an exploratory means to approach natural language processing. It traces the rise of disability discourse across 50+ novels before, during, and after the Great War on both sides of the Atlantic. As is well-known, the war initiated a crisis in the medical community as doctors (as well as family and friends) struggled to find a language to describe what was then provisionally called “shell shock.” But less known is the concurrent emergence of physical prosthetic technologies necessitated by the return of physically disabled soldiers. His core interest is in understanding how works of fiction concerned with the war’s mental and physical consequences had an immensely important role in negotiating and grappling with how one legibly and ethically renders disability in public discourse and art.

Steele standing in front of a white wall, slightly smiling, wearing a brown overcoat and blue tieAlexander Steele is a PhD student at the University of Oregon studying transatlantic modernist literature. His current work considers the uneasy relationship between modernist literature’s aesthetic revelry in and at times appropriation of disabled bodies as it intersects with its at-times conservative politics. What does one do, he asks, with the proliferation of disablement as a literary trope through which modernism marks its arrival? And how is this literature complicated by the period’s fierce political rejection and violent prosecution of the very bodies upon which it is aesthetically dependent? Such questions ask us to reexamine disability discourse as it arises through the cultural production of transatlantic modernism.

Cultural History of Computer Code
About Czander Tan

A flat map of the world pixelated to look as if the whole world is digitalCzander Tan's current project investigates the cultural history of computer code, 
viewing it as a language and poetics. Specifically, he is examining the 
historical contexts surrounding the development of code, namely the 
Industrial Revolution of the Victorian period, cryptography during the 
Second World War, and portrayals of coding in Cyberpunk fiction.

Tan sitting in front of a wooden wall wearing a black jacket and smilingCzander Tan is a PhD student in English. His main field of research is 
Digital Humanities, with specialization in Poetics and Science Fiction. 

Digital Collation of Medieval Eastern Orthodox Calendars of Saints
About Cynthia M. Vakareliyska
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Walters Art Museum via Creative Commons

Professor Cynthia M. Vakareliyska's Digital Collation of Medieval Eastern Orthodox Calendars of Saints offers a resource for comparing Medieval Eastern Orthodox calendars. Medieval Eastern Orthodox calendars of saints are extremely diverse in their commemorations for most calendar days of the year because the Eastern Orthodox Church had no canonization or beatification process. Thus local monasteries and priests were free to assign saints, including locally venerated saints, to whichever calendar date they deemed appropriate. The lack of consistency among calendars, the sheer number of calendars, and the fact that most medieval Slavic calendars of saints are unpublished have made it notoriously difficult to access and organize the data from such a large corpus. The free-use database and search program of this electronic collation  are intended to ameliorate this situation by providing a large corpus of medieval Slavic and Greek calendars of saints that can be searched according to specific attributes of the manuscripts themselves and the commemorations they contain. The goal is to provide scholars with a large but manageable corpus of data for comparative study of calendar traditions, determination of the relationships between and among calendars, and analysis of any individual calendar.

Cynthia M. Vakareliyska smiles into the camera in front of a bookcaseCynthia M. Vakareliyska is a Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and a faculty member in the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies program. She holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. Her research areas include historical Slavic linguistics and medieval Slavic manuscript studies; modern Bulgarian syntax; Lithuanian morphology; and multiple language and cultural self-identities of the Russian Germans in Russian Poland. Her book The Curzon Gospel. Vol. I: An Annotated Edition, Vol. II: A Linguistic and Textual Introduction (Oxford University Press 2008) was awarded the 2009 AATSEEL Linguistics Book Prize, the 2009 Bulgarian Studies Association John D. Bell Memorial Book Prize, and the 2010 Early Slavic Studies Association Distinguished Scholarship Award. Her new book, Lithuanian Root List, is currently in press with Slavica Publishers.

Estoria General
About David Wacks

Screen Shot of website front page of https://davidwacks.uoregon.edu/Professor David Wacks forms part of an international team of scholars that is developing a collaborative, online commentary of a 13th-century Spanish Biblical text, the Estoria General that examines the contributions of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity to the study of the Bible in medieval Spain (Project: The religion of others. Religion, Identity, and Cultural Memory in Medieval Iberia).  He maintains a research blog (geared for a non-specialist audience) at davidwacks.uoregon.edu.

 

David Wacks in front of a white background, looking at the cameraDavid Wacks is Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages . He is author of Framing Iberia: Frametales and Maqamat in Medieval Spain (Brill, 2007) and Double Diaspora in Sephardic Literature: Jewish Cultural Production before and after 1492 (Indiana University Press, 2015). His research focuses on the literary footprint of the confluence of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in Medieval Iberia. 

Speaking of Race Podcast
About Jo Weaver

A logo for Speaking of Race podcast with a drawing of a man laying horizontallySpeaking of Race is a trans-disciplinary collaborative podcast that Dr. Jo Weaver cohosts with Drs. Jim Bindon and Erik Peterson, a human biologist and a historian of science at the University of Alabama. Co-sponsored by the American Anthropological Association and the History of Science Society, the podcast explores how race became such a flashpoint in modern society, and why it remains contentious in our genomic age. Over the course of 30 episodes released to date, they have interviewed leading scholars and journalists about the history and present-day implications of race in the US, Western Europe, Central America, India, Brazil, and Eastern Africa. In future episodes, they will continue to trace our species’ centuries-long debates over how to define biological and behavioral difference, and why it continues to matter today—including right here in Oregon.

Facebook: @SoRPodcast
Twitter: @SpeakingOfRace
Instagram: @speakingofrace

Three scholars sitting around a wood table recording a podcastI hold an M.P.H. in global health and a Ph.D. in medical anthropology from Emory University, and I am presently employed as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of International Studiesat the University of Oregon. I have been studying heath and illness in India for over a decade, and in Brazil for the past seven years. I speak Hindi and Brazilian Portuguese.

Wired Humanities Project & Honoring Tribal Legacies
About Stephanie Wood
Additional Projects

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Stephanie Wood has been directing a group called the Wired Humanities Projects (WHP) at the UO since 2009, and before that she was the associate director, the coordinator, and a faculty affiliate of WHP.  She first became involved in digital humanities when it was called “humanities computing,” in the 1990s.  She has been awarded 11 grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and many of these grants have underwritten her open-access, interactive DH projects, such as a trilingual research dictionary—with 100K+ users from 149 countries—and a considerable number of digital collections of art and manuscripts (with transcription, translation, and annotation), in addition to the digital curricula already mentioned. Dr. Wood also utilizes social media as a dissemination tool; she has nearly 700 followers for her academic Mesoamerica Facebook page, and over 100 followers for the new Honoring Tribal Legacies page.  

 

An image of Stephanie Wood facing the camera, wearing a red sweater, and smilingStephanie Wood (Ph.D.), formerly a professor at the University of Maine, a two-time Fulbright Scholar, and an author of many books and dozens of articles, is now a Senior Editor for Oxford University Press, helping develop a digital research encyclopedia. She is also a Research Associate at the Center for Equity Promotion in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where she manages the development and dissemination of digital curricula about Mesoamerican cultures and their histories and tribal legacies across the U.S., all with the intention of adding diversity to classroom content.

Please visit some of Dr. Wood's other projects, most of which are continually under expansion, involving international collaborations and expert input from UO colleagues, such as Ginny White, and many UO students: 

Homelessness & Home
About Naomi Zack

Screen shot from website Philosophical Installations shows series of boxes of video thumbnails set against a blue backgroundWith the help of philosophy graduate students and CAS IT, Professor Naomi Zack designed and curated entries for “Philosophical Installations,” a website of (now) 1588 philosophy videos of philosophers and other theorists and critics performing their craft(s) outside the classroom. Professor Zack has also organized the project on Homelessness for the UO PhilosophyDepartment’s Community Philosophy Institute, including a multimedia website, “Homelessness and Home,” with posted art, videos, photographs, narratives and scholarly articles, as well as local events and services. Ongoing contributions are welcome for both websites, which are accessible for classroom use and to the wider local, national, and global community.

Naomi Zack is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. Her newest book is White Privilege and Black Rights: The Injustice of US Police Racial Profiling and Homicide (April 2015) and she has published at least 10 more books on race, disaster, and feminism, since joining the UO in 2001.