The Director of Digital Liberal Arts, Chris Wells. Chris is an associate professor of environmental history and the associate director of the CST. His research and teaching focus on the ways that technology—and especially technological systems—have reshaped the American environment. He has directed the Digital Liberal Arts initiative since its inauguration in Jan. 2015.
Our current postdoc for the 2015–2016 academic year is Rebecca Wingo, PhD. She received her PhD in history from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) in May 2015 and joined us in August 2015. Her focus areas are Indigenous Studies and Gender in the American West. She also holds graduate certificates in Great Plains Studies and Digital Humanities from UNL.
Daylanne English (English) - English is at work on a "post-monograph," an open-access, long form, media-rich digital humanities project tentatively titled A Genealogy of Afrofuturism. She is using the multi-dimensional content management and data visualization capacities of SCALAR, a digital publishing platform developed by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture at the University of Southern California. Afrofuturism is a burgeoning contemporary movement of writers, visual and multimedia artists, filmmakers, musicians, and scholars who are imagining, representing, and theorizing the possibilities for greater justice and fuller or alternative expressions of Black identity in the future or in alternative places, times, or realities. The movement's multimedia nature means that scholarly treatment of it must likewise take digital form; such a project demands new ways of representing knowledge and of presenting a scholarly argument.
Katherine M. Kinnaird (Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science) - Kinnaird researches the dimension reduction problem, representing high-dimensional and noisy sequential data as a low-dimensional object that encodes relevant information. She applies her work to tasks from the interdisciplinary field of Music Information Retrieval (MIR), such as locating the chorus of a given musical song or finding all copies of a particular recording of a song.
Jennifer Peacock (American Studies) - Peacock’s current work in the digital humanities focuses on mobilizing her ongoing digital archive building for use in the liberal arts classroom. Using images collected through a multi-site collaboration to grow a major digital Latina art history archive and her own longstanding digital archive building with previously uncollected archival material related to Chicana/o art in California’s Central Valley, Peacock has begun to use StoryMap and other presentation tools with students to enhance the study of Latina/o environmental history and visual culture.
Juliette Rogers (French and Francophone Studies) - Rogers is working on redesigning the introduction to the French major so that one of the projects that students work on would take advantage of digital humanities technology (the creation of an enhanced digital text or of a blog or online exhibit, for examples). I am also developing an entire upper-level course in French that would bring together a variety of French and francophone studies of digital media and their effects on politics, education, and the humanities. The final project for this new course would also use technologies of the digital liberal arts, crossing disciplinary boundaries and allowing for creativity in their academic work.
Vanessa Rousseau (Art and Art History) - Rousseau’s projects in development include online art collections and interactive crowdsourced databases related to the antiquities trade and ancient interiors.
Amy Sullivan (History) - Sullivan is working on two digital humanities projects: an oral history and resource collection documenting the opiate/heroin epidemic in the Upper Midwest, as yet untitled, and "I Remember Camp Scott," a crowdsourced website dedicated to remembering a place that no longer exists: a 50-year-old Oklahoma Girl Scout camp that closed in 1977 after a tragedy occurred on camp property.
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Rachael Huener (German and Russian Studies) - Huener is interested in developing a website on pre-WWI German advertising stamps or Reklamemarken. This site will present extensive information on, and analysis and examples of, this relatively unknown advertising genre, and will provide a space for scholarly and hobbyists' contributions.
Fritz Vandover (Information Technology Services) - Vandover’s role will be supporting faculty members in the FLC and around campus who want to use these tools and techniques in their teaching and research.
Joelle Vitiello (French and Francophone Studies) - One of Vitiello’s projects is to create a geo-literary-scape associated with some Haitian novels. Another is to digitize some original archival material relevant to Haitian studies.
Andrea Kaston Tange (English) - In spring 2016 Kaston Tange will teach the English Department senior seminar: Traveling the World with Victorian Travelers. Students will use the digital technology StoryMaps to create and present projects in a format that enhances the traditional research paper. With StoryMaps, each student will build a hypertext map that brings together travel guides, details from specific travelogues, images, and scholarly analysis to develop and answer research questions that emerge from reading 19th-century texts on travel in the age of British imperial power. This mapping technology makes it possible not just to follow Victorian travelers on their journeys, but also to annotate and analyze their progress in a visual medium.
Paul Schadewald (Civic Engagement Center) - Schadewald is working to strengthen Macalester’s partnerships with higher education institutions in the Seattle region by supporting the coordinating of digital resources on urban issues in Seattle and the Twin Cities. A spring 2016 class will provide students with the option of creating a digital resource guide as a final project. Schadewald sees this as one stop in additional urban collaborations and research between Macalester and colleagues in Seattle.
Margot Higgins (Environmental Studies) - History and politics of bicycling, environmental history.
Duchess Harris (American Studies) - Harris created a digital archive, an online repository that documents narratives of Black women’s contributions to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from World War II to the present. The goal of The Human Computer Project is to provide new insights into the points of intersection between the Cold War, the Space Race, the struggle for gender equality, and the Civil Rights Movement. By documenting a counter narrative of NASA’s early female professionals, she constructs not a separate account of these women, but a more nuanced history of the American space agency.
Julia Chadaga (German and Russian Studies) - In the current iteration of Chadaga’s course Things Don’t Like Me: The Material World and Why it Matters (RUSS 151), students are writing essays that combine research and analysis about an object of their choice that addresses the object’s cultural significance and includes an analysis of a primary text in which the object appears. With the help of Rebecca Wingo, students will turn their essay into a virtual museum of material culture. Chadaga’s hope is that this assignment will allow students to deeply engage with the topic of museums touched upon over the course of the semester, and more broadly, to weave together the course’s many conceptual strands.
Sonita Sarker (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) is exploring various digital programs that will enable her to give a visual rendering of the lives of five women writers in the early 20th century and four women writers in the early 21st century. The writers, whose literary works and political activities criss-cross continents and countries, grapple with the notion of 'native' in each of their particular locations and journeys.