Come learn how and why Temple students and faculty incorporate digital scholarship into their research practice. This is a great opportunity to see what tools and methods could be relevant to you and your subject areas.
Date: Friday, April 19thTime: 12:30 – 2:00Place: CHAT Lounge, 10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall
Kimberley Williams, associate professor of Anthropology, is a bioarchaeologist whose digital project is in coordination with her field work in Oman. While documenting with 360 video the process of digging in the field, she will be using photogrammetry to recreate 3D models of artefacts relating to prehistoric mortuary rituals and funerary landscape formations. She also intends to share her work publicly through a digital collection online.
As a third year PhD student in the Department of Religion, participation in this year’s Digital Scholars program will serve as part of my dissertation work. The proposed project uses postwar chaplaincy materials (manuals, pamphlets, histories, etc.) to examine how normative definitions of religion are formed, and specifically how official definitions are formed and function in a society that supposedly maintains separation of Church and State. This project is meant to serve as a foundation for broader work that considers the institutionalization of the chaplaincy as a clinical role, and its implications for care delivery.
The topic of this digital scholarship project is to track the trade of devotional art, coins, and ideas that originated in Constantinople and spread through the Eastern Mediterranean on an interactive map. Comparing coins and art from different eras enables a view of the city’s economy throughout its life while studying the spread of ideas allows for the conducting of research into a non-intrinsic trade system. One can compare the spread of artistic and theological ideas that occurred on these trade routes by analyzing artwork of churches in both Constantinople and the periphery regions.
My project uses data and network analysis to map eight incidents of mass political mobilizations among African students in US international education programs between 1960 and 1975.
My digital project coincides with a chapter of my dissertation on how sculptors, like Donatello, in fifteenth century Florence created the impression of three-dimensions on a two-dimensional surface. I will examine a contemporary sculpture at the National Gallery of Art, DC, and create a digital 3D model to capture not only the spatial recession in the work, but also the sculpting textures themselves. This will help to visualize the artistic technique as well as demonstrate the early impact of sculpture in the history of optical perspective in Renaissance art.
My idea is to create an art project using physical computing, such as Arduino’s, to explore the idea of the uncanny valley. The “uncanny valley” is defined as a phenomenon that occurs when a humanoid object resembles a human being, causing an unsettling effect for the viewers. Our experimental process will determine the form that the Uncanny Valley
phenomenon will take in our project. This project will be split into three parts: 1) starting the experiment, 2) forming it into a story, and 3) finally, creating an interactive display that will enable us to make modifications based on the audience’s feedback.
Alissa is a dance artist who grew up in the shadow of Silicon Valley and is fascinated with technological innovation as a theme and as a tool. She is interested in the technological manipulation of images and how different technologies are unique forms that invite different possibilities of showing the dancing body. She is also interested in exploring the possibilities of non-linear time that video allows. She integrates video into her live performances and also turns video of live performances into stand-alone pieces, seen here: Alissa DUC UCR Excerpt
Bethany Farrell studies sixteenth-century Italian art, centering her dissertation on the painter Bronzino and the bureaucracy and transnational exchange of Duke Cosimo I’s court. Her interest in visualizing the complicated networks formed by the Florentine court through art led her to digital humanities. In 2015, she participated in a Getty-funded institute on digital art history at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. Through the institute and her own initiative, she has experience with many different digital humanities techniques, including mapping (Carto, Neatline, and Map Warper), network analysis (Palladio), and web publishing (Omeka and Scalar). With networking and mapping visualizations tools as her main focus during her dissertation, Bethany is excited to be an extern at Temple’s Digital Scholarship Center for 2017-2018. Since beginning her graduate studies in the Department of Art History at Tyler School of Art in 2011, Bethany has received the Gretchen Worden Memorial Travel Stipend given by the Museum Council of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, a departmental Eakins Fund Travel Scholarship, and the Tyler School of Art Dean’s Art History Doctoral Research Grant as well as presenting her master’s thesis research at the Renaissance Society of America. Bethany was awarded the Temple University Graduate School Summer Research Grant in 2016 and was Temple University’s Rome Fellow in Spring 2017.
Gary Scales is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History. His research focuses on the cultural history and built environment of the twentieth-century United States. His recent work explores the role of gas stations in the development of economic, cultural, and social spaces in American suburbs between 1911 and 1990. He is currently examining the relationship between material culture and digital methods through a study of the cultural and historical importance of the payphone in urban America. As the inaugural Department of History Graduate Fellow in Digital History in 2016, his worked utilized GIS, digital modelling, text-mining, web development, and Python programming. He has served as a Research Assistant for digital projects at the University of New Mexico in 2015, and the DSC at Temple University in 2016 and 2017. He manages and develops the Department of History Wiki, and teaches undergraduate courses on American history and the history of global sport using a variety of digital tools. He has presented his work in the U.K., the United States, and Germany.