Digital Storytelling Symposium

Hosted by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, the 2021 Digital Humanities (DH) Fellows Symposium will be a lightning-talk-style presentation of the digital storytelling projects being pursued by the first cohort of Digital Humanities Fellows. 

May 11, 2021, 3-4:30pm (Virtual) | Register for the symposium

The Digital Humanities Fellows are a cohort of faculty members, staff, and graduate students from across the university who, at the beginning of fall 2020, committed to thinking and working together for an academic year. They have been the foundation of the IDRH's year-long, institution-wide conversation about digital storytelling. Fellows have workshopped their projects, discussed readings, attended (virtual) events, spent a DH-focused research budget, and been granted unique access to workshops led by cutting-edge scholars and media practitioners from across the country.    

The DH Fellows have invested these resources in a particular project. For some the project was theoretical or exploratory, for others the project involved the creation of digital projects. For all, it was a chance to think about the promise of digital storytelling.  

The Symposium is a chance to learn about the DH Fellows, digital storytelling, and the projects in which the inaugural cohort of fellows has invested.   

The Format

The symposium will feature two concurrent panels of 5 lightning talks. Inspired by Red Hot Research, the panelists will create short, slide-based talks that introduce the audience to the ideas that drive their project. Each Panelist will be given 6 minutes and as many slides as they need to share their ideas and project. 3 minutes of questions and 1 minute of transition follow each talk and, after each panel, we’ll pause to consider the connections between the five projects.  

Who Should Come

If you are interested in digital storytelling, the digital humanities, or becoming more involved with the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, we encourage you to participate (via zoom) in our Symposium. It will be a good introduction to the possibilities of the Digital Humanities and the community we’re creating at the IDRH.



Session 1

L. Marie Avila

Undergraduate Engagement Librarian

Decolonizing Information Paths: (Re) Visualizing Indigenous Sovereignty in Academic Libraries

Ignacio Carvajal

Assistant Professor, Spanish & Portuguese

Pa k’u’x / Desde el centro / From the Center – K’iche’ language learning and beyond 

Bobby Cervantes

PhD Candidate, American Studies

'Poor Man’s Mortgages’: The Contract for Deed and the Housing Industry in the Texas Borderlands 

Shane Lynch

PhD Student, American Studies

Gila River Immemorial

James Yeku

Assistant Professor, African and African-American Studies

Yorùbá Nollywood and African Digital Humanities 

Session 2

Germaine Halegoua

Associate Professor, Film & Media Studies

Left Dark: Mapping Dark Fiber and Cultural Geographies of Digital Inclusion 

Ayesha Hardison

Associate Professor, English, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Mapping Literary Representation 

Joey Orr

Andrew W. Mellon Curator for Research

Digital Inquiries and the Database: Sharing Research at the Spencer Museum of Art 

Hyunjin Seo

Associate Professor, William Allen School of Journalism & Mass Communications 

Community-based approaches to digital storytelling: Marginalized women’s technology access and use 

Erin Wolfe

Metadata Librarian

Visualizing the news: Developing a content analysis framework for local newspaper coverage of COVID-19