DSC Faculty fellows receive one course reduction for the year, technical consultation and assistance, help with project management, a dedicated research assistant, and a $1000 research fund for project expenses. Fellows meet monthly in the Center to discuss progress on their projects and meet and present monthly with the other fellows in the Center.
2018-2019 Award Year
Marcus Bingenheimer, associate professor in the Department of Religion, is focusing on creating a foundational dataset for the dynamic historical social network analysis of Chinese Buddhist history. The dataset will enable historians of East Asian Buddhism to use social network analysis methods as part of their research and teaching.
Gabriel Kaprielian, assistant professor in Architecture, is developing an interactive website which examines the past, present, and future effects of sea level rise upon reclaimed land and urban shorelines. Focused on the intersection of architecture and city planning, his work seeks to illuminate the critical importance of the social, cultural, and political issues facing waterfronts in global cities.
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.
2017-2018 Award Year
Roderick Coover is Professor and Director of the DAER & DAVR Programs and Co-Director of the MA Program. His work examines the impact of new technologies in the humanities and arts. His films and new-media works include Unknown Territories (2011), Vérité to Virtual (DER, 2008), The Theory of Time Here (Video Data Bank, 2007), and Cultures in Webs (Eastgate, 2003), among others. As a DSC Faculty fellowship recipient in 2017-2018, Rod worked on the multimedia arts and sciences project Altering Shores. The project concerns land-use and climate change in the Delaware River estuary and its tributaries. During this research period, he produced three important new works that integrated historical and map-based studies with location-based field studies on land use and climate change. The year culminated in the premiere exhibition of two of the original works at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and the presentation of original research at the University of Pennsylvania. These presentations also contributed to his receiving the award at the University of Pennsylvania to further the multi-stage project. Additional aspects of this research have led to papers and presentations in Asia, Europe and the USA.
Seher Edrogan is an Assistant Professor in the Architecture department at Tyler School of Art. She is an architect and the co-founder of EFFO, a design and research practice based in Philadelphia. Her research deals with the visual and multimedia representation of architectural heritage sites through the lens of material culture. During her fellowship at the DSC in the 2017-18 academic year, she advanced her work on a virtual 3D reconstruction project of the 5th century Byzantine Church of Stoudius, later converted to the Mosque of Imrahor by the Ottomans, in present-day Istanbul, Turkey. In collaboration with a VR technologist and interactive designers, she developed a prototypical immersive environment, in which virtual visitors can navigate the building and discover the layers of transformation the architecture has undergone over the course of 16 centuries. This layered interactive experience is delivered through a set of embedded multimedia annotations, which contain textual, visual, and audio content, and functions as an epistemological device revealing the interpretive nature of visual and spatial representation of an historical artifact based on uncertain and at times conflicting data. The prototypical phase of the project completed during the fellowship will be disseminated through invited book chapters in Design, History and Time: New Temporalities in a Digital Age, ed. Zoë Hendon and Anne Massey (Bloomsbury, February 2019) and in Imagined Forms: The Material Culture of Modeling, ed. Martin Brueckner, Sandy Isenstadt, and Sarah Wasserman (The University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming in 2020).
2016-2017 Award Year
Adrienne Shaw, Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production, focuses on the history of LGBTQ representation in games. During her faculty fellowship, Dr. Adrienne Shaw worked on the LGBTQ Game Archive, an online database collecting information on all known LGBTQ content in digital games from the 1980s until today (www.lgbtqgamearchive.com). When the project started in 2015, the master list included 150 games and now totals over 1200. With assistance from the DSC Dr. Shaw worked specifically on a related project that entailed digitally archiving the primary materials used for the research on each game. By creating an Omeka database and corresponding hard drive or original research materials, she can ensure the information about these games and instances of content are saved for posterity at The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester New York. The structure for both were completed during the DSC fellowship year, and the following year a collaborator at Central Michigan University (Cody Mejeur) was able to develop a script to automatically process the rest of the materials. The Omeka site will launch and the hard drive will be available at The Strong in the Spring of 2019. This work also served as the basis for RAINBOW ARCADE, a first of it’s kind exhibit on the history of LGBTQ video game content, that will open at the Schwules Museum in Berlin on December 13, 2019. Finally, she gave 8 invited talks and 7 conference presentations, as well as published one journal article and two book chapters related to the project during and immediately after the fellowship.
Colin Chamberlain, assistant professor of philosophy, spent the academic year with the DSC building skills in the area of stylometric textual analysis so he could apply it to the work of Descartes. This allowed Dr. Chamberlain to test a hypothesis about reliability, stylistic convergence and the narrative voice. Colin also used what he learnt as an abstract for conference presentations and a draft paper.