IDRH is pleased to announce that we will support student applications for the HASTAC Scholars Program for their 2017-2019 class. The HASTAC Scholars Program gives undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to develop their Digital Humanities interests and showcase their DH research and projects to a broader audience. Students can use the two year period to learn more about DH, develop a specific digital project, hone their technical skills, or pursue another project that intersects with their area of research and Digital Humanities.
IDRH welcomes applications from students who want to develop their own DH research, take up a project suggested on the HASTAC Scholars page, or work on an IDRH related project at KU. We also invite students to propose projects that advance IDRH objectives and goals. Selected Scholars will be expected to meet milestones/criteria suggested by HASTAC, and offer a presentation or workshop on campus about their digital research. IDRH will offer selected Scholars a research fellowship of $300 and mentorship support as needed.
For more information, please visit the HASTAC Scholars webpage.
To apply for IDRH funding, please email the information required by the HASTAC Scholars application to email@example.com by October 1, 2017. Approved applications must then be submitted to HASTAC by October 15, 2017. The application is available on the HASTAC Scholars page linked above.
An Sasala (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
An Sasala (they/them) studies the mutual shaping and maintenance of technology and embodiment/embodied identities. Their work uses transgender/non-binary identities, perspectives, and theory to challenge scientific and anatomical authorities. Additionally, An's work explores technological agency and autonomy, artificial intelligence, and the integration of digital humanities into trans*feminist pedagogy. An's article "Panic! Humanity's Cis-Heteronormative Fear of the Transgender Android" appears in a forthcoming issue of Somatechnics. As a HASTAC Scholar, An will work on a multi-part project geared to merge Digital Humanities tools and approaches with feminist theory and practice. The first part of An’s project involves the integration of DH into their Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies courses through DH “flash projects,” lasting between one class period and one course week, and the design and implementation of pedagogical video games, which engage students with course texts and concepts in new ways. An also plans to create and facilitate a graduate student working group dedicate to DH pedagogies.
Clarisse Barbier (French, Francophone, and Italian)
Clarisse Barbier is a PhD student in the French, Francophone, and Italian department. Passionate about language learning and pedagogy, she also earned a Graduate certificate of Second Language Studies from KU's Linguistics department. Her PhD dissertation will explore ludic narration in Francophone literature and video games, and during her HASTAC scholarship, she will write blog posts about the narration and morphology of Francophone literary works and video games to analyze their structures and how the format and storytelling are correlated. She also plans on organizing an event in the near future centered around the notion of game, storytelling and learning in the digital age.
Mariah Crystal (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
Mariah Crystal is a Ph.D. student at the University of Kansas (KU) in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is also completing a graduate certificate in KU’s Department of African and African-American Studies. Mariah’s HASTAC project focuses on women in the southern African country of Namibia. While somewhat overshadowed by South Africa, Namibia also had a system of apartheid. After a long conflict, Namibia finally gained independence in 1990. This project seeks to document and provide a forum for the women who fought during this movement. While women contributed in a multitude of ways, their stories have not been well documented. As a HASTAC Scholar, Mariah is creating a website featuring the stories of the Namibian freedom fighters as narrated in their own words. The project takes a gendered perspective and works to add women’s stories to the current historiography of Namibian history.
Douglas Rain Charger (Indigenous Studies)
My name is Douglas Rain Charger and I am a member of the Itazipcola band of the Lakota tribe. I was born and raised on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reservation and received my Bachelor's in American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University in Spring 2017. My work and research is based on issues that face Native Americans, particularly the issues of self-determination, language preservation and positive media representation. I practice my field by performing with my band, The Red and Blues, in which we perform music with Native American themes from a Native perspective. I attend the University of Kansas as a graduate student in the Indigenous Studies department. I am focusing on media that relates to Indigenous issues as well as media made by Indigenous peoples.
Chad Uhl (Computer Science, Classical Antiquity)
As a current double major in Classical Antiquity and Computer Science, I am actively searching for ways in which to combine the two fields; the most obvious of them being Digital Humanities. Starting my first Latin class, I quickly became interested in how a computer might learn such an inflected language and how that process would differ from my own. This led me to a research project on exploring the ways computers can learn languages through translation. Google does a statistical analysis of pre-translated texts for most of its translation work, and as any language scholar will tell you, it is wrong more than half the time. I would theorize that this is due to the lack of importance placed on situational context, emotion, and nuance. I highly doubt that any of these are included in their translation algorithms. Aside from language processing however, data visualization is of key interest. I had the chance last spring to speak with Professor David Frederick from the University of Arkansas about his work with game design within Classical scholarship. He showed me his key program which allowed for the user to experience a specific home in Pompeii. Though the graphics may have been somewhat rudimentary in comparison to popular games like Assassin’s Creed, this tool could be used for real research and education. These are only examples of what I am interested in and will hopefully provide a window into my other interests.
Mike Van Esler (Film and Media Studies)
I am currently finishing up the primary research for my dissertation and will begin the actual writing in Fall 2015. My project is focused on the social practices and needs facilitated and met by private filesharing communities online; I employ Raymond Williams’ concepts of dominant, residual, and emergent to both cultural practices and technological use in attempting to answer my research questions. I am also currently finishing up a book chapter that looks at the rhetoric used by the film industry and government officials in response to the Sony hack and how these techniques are used to suture Hollywood into discussions of national security. Another major interest of mine is how (digital) piracy or unauthorized filesharing can facilitate the formation of (counter)publics, particularly in the developing world, a project I think I would like to pursue as a HASTAC Scholar. Along those lines, I believe my interests align with those of HASTAC due to the emphasis placed on the sharing of information, approaches, and culture, often through emergent technologies and modes of distribution.
Isaac Bell (English)
Isaac Bell spent twelve years working in the field of online journalism, first as a web producers with the Lawrence Journal-World’s innovative news website and then as the Digital Executive Producer at KMBC Channel 9 in Kansas City. During his career, Isaac became fascinated with the processes of creating and distributing digital content, as well as the ways in which online audiences made use of this content. He returned to the University of Kansas to study digital rhetoric and online storytelling as a Master’s student in the Department of English. He is currently in his second year in the program.
Aaron Taveras (Geography)
I’m a graduate student in the Geography Department at the University of Kansas, where I’m studying design cartography in general, and also how maps affect our perceptions of the environment and each other. These interests stem from my passion for art and design and the powerful impact it can have on influencing our ideas. This interest in map design roots back to a single moment when I realized that I enjoy making visual things. About three years ago I came across geography and cartography as an undergraduate, and not too long after I realized that cartography is far more than a science for depicting the world, it is also a form of art. One of my mentors once told me that people trust maps because they’re technical and authoritative, but unless the map is beautiful and tells a story, no one is likely to care. This has stuck with me, and I believe that good, beautiful, and convincing map design can illuminate aspects of our world that otherwise would remain neglected. Therefore, my wanting to work with HASTAC relates to my interest in collaborating with others in order help us better understand our environment (physical and cultural). Cartography and education are in no way solitary fields, and I would like to participate in understanding how mapping is being used, discussed, and taught within the humanities.
Avery Dame (American Studies)
I’m currently a Master’s Candidate in American Studies at the University of Kansas. My interests include queer representation in media, online communities, and comics studies. My thesis is a critical reading of how the five best-connected trans male vloggers manage being both public trans figures and private individuals. I also currently serve as assistant editor of the journal American Studies.
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies)
I’m a doctoral student at the University of Kansas in the department of Communication Studies. My research is focused on interpersonal communication through social media sites. From how we manage our impressions online, to how we seek out social support from our networks, if its about how we communicate through Facebook, I’m interested!
Kenton Rambsy (English)
Kenton Rambsy is a graduate student in Literature and Theory at the University of Kansas. His research interests include self-education and political thought in African American autobiographical and fiction narratives. He is the Project Digital Initiative Coordinator and Blog Editor for the Project on the History of Black Writing (HBW) at the University of Kansas (Lawrence).