Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor
IU Anthropology Department
Project: “A 3D Digital Collection and Virtual Exhibit for Santa Ana Tavela’s Community Museum”
"My research focuses on the peoples of Oaxaca, Mexico between 1500 B.C. to the present. I am particularly interested in how people in the past negotiated their place in the social, political, and economic world around them. I am interested in the ways that people figure out and creatively construct who they are, how they materially mark themselves in different social settings, and how they experience life as people with multiple overlapping and intersecting social identities."
During this project, Professor King will partner with the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities (IDAH) to evaluate 3D imaging and scanning software programs, as well as web platforms for 3D object display, with the goal of determining the technologies best suited to developing a virtual exhibit space for the Santa Ana Tavela Community Museum in Oaxaca, Mexico. Professor King recently submitted a Level II NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up grant to produce a virtual exhibit of 3D archeological artifacts depicting the cultural heritage and history of the Santa Ana Tavela, and to develop a low-cost flexible digital museum protocol for communities with limited resources. Her ultimate goal is to empower local people in Santa Ana Tavela to manage and control their own virtual museum.