PhD Student, Rhetoric and Composition
Project: Chronologies of Character
Ph.D. Candidate, History
Project: Neoliberalism and Judicialization of Politics in Costa Rica, 1982-2002
PhD Candidate, Ethnomusicology
Project: Community vs. Institution: Modeling Archival Discourse
Music and cultural archives, charged with preserving, curating and stewarding the use of cultural heritage, exist primarily in large traditional institutional settings such as governmental agencies, universities, and museums. However, with the advent of digital repositories and accompanying notions of archival democratization, these responsibilities are now capable of being returned to content originators and localized communities. Working towards a greater, long-term understanding of collaborative archival formation, this project distinguishes between types of music and cultural archives, focusing primarily on the difference between larger institutions and community-based archives in the United Kingdom and United States. To understand these distinctions, I use data mining methodology to trace public-facing discourses present in mission statements and other descriptive sources such as websites and marketing materials. Tracing these discourses includes the analysis of language being used by archives, but may also extend to geographical mapping of the difference in discourses in order to situate these ideas spatially.
Undergraduate Student, History
Project: The Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook: A Digital Map of Faith and Food in Islamic Spain
My project examines the overlap between trade and religion in medieval Islamic Spain. Traducción española de un manuscrito anónimo del siglo XIII sobre la cocina hispano-magribi, an anonymous culinary guide initially compiled in the 13th century, is distinct from other European cookbooks of the same period. It hails from al-Andalus, a region of Spain that, at the time, was under Islamic rule and the site of an unusual degree of intermingling between its Christian, Jewish, and Muslim citizens. Treating the book as a microhistorical object, I intend to trace the trajectories of specific spices and ingredients, from their countries of origin to their ultimate role in each of faith communities of al-Andalus. To better understand the impact of certain foodstuffs on the social and religious fabric of medieval Spain, I intend to create a layered map that simultaneously traces trade routes and contrasts them against Spanish faith communities.
I will also turn to humanist and fine arts methodologies often outside the scope of digital literary studies to experiment with alternative approaches to interacting with a text. For instance, can we experience the demand on an actor's body more viscerally if we can engage with a text's violent language tactilely rather than visually or aurally? In this vein, I have already done some work with 3D modeling and laser cutting to produce 3D objects that tactilely render the violence of a text's language—allowing the reader to feel, rather than simply see, the violence. Moving forward, I hope to incorporate performance art components that will ask readers to engage physically and kinesthetically with a text. By incorporating these interdisciplinary approaches to the texts I study, my digital project is a response to distant reading and big data methods currently prevalent in digital literary studies, and aims to demonstrate the exciting possibilities of increasingly interdisciplinary digital agendas.
Project: Mapping Music: The Soundscape of Ann Radcliffe's London
Olivia Wikle is a second-year Master of Library Science student, specializing in Digital Humanities. Prior to studying librarianship, she received an M.A. in Musicology from The Ohio State University, and she is especially interested in how digital research can be used to expand the ways students think about and understand music and history. Her HASTAC project centers around the intersection of literature and music in late eighteenth-century Britain by mapping musical performances that gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823) may have heard. The project’s interactive map will show where and when London performances took place, and each musical occurrence will be accompanied by details and excerpts from reviews. Visualizing these performances over space and time will allow for a careful consideration of how some of this music may have influenced Radcliffe’s unusual narrative use of music in her novels. To facilitate a comparison of Radcliffe’s text with the reviews and details of the music itself, this project will also incorporate historical research, topic modeling, and text analysis. In its finished form, this project will have the potential to be used as an educational tool to assist students in interpreting eighteenth-century concert life, and to suggest insights into influences behind Radcliffe’s use of music.
PhD Candidate, Information Science
Project: Hermann J. Muller as a scientist and public intellectual
Yingqi Puffy Zhao
MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design
Project: 3D Printed and Enameled Ring Series
This body of work consists of twenty 3D printed, fabricated, and enameled sculptural rings inspired by microscopic structures of living forms. The idea that how creatures are perceived by human eyes could be entirely different from the imagery revealed by a microscope makes me ponder whether I am able to capture the reality of anything merely through visual observation. I am intrigued and inspired by the process of merging multiple mediums, which enables me to express my various identities, and helps me visualize the growth of a newborn from an ambiguous seed to a matured form. My work communicates the juxtaposition of 3D printed components and enameled components. The hand-drawing process assists me in modeling three-dimensional objects using Rhinoceros, a 3D modeling software that can build up volumetric forms through assigned points, lines, and surfaces. The completed enameled components are combined with the 3D printed components through sewing, tension fitting, riveting, or applying creatively designed mechanisms.