Summer 2012 Seed Grant Recipients
The following faculty members received funding in support of Digital Humanities projects this summer:
Douglas Casson, Political Science, St. Olaf, for a project to track John Locke’s use of the King James Bible in his personal papers, published books, and correspondence using textual comparison software to identify lexically similar passages in large collections of text
Daylanne English, English, Macalester, to design a multimedia website on “A Geneaology of Afrofuturism”, which will trace the development of and relationships among Afrofuturism in the Caribbean, Britain and the United States. She will be assessing the relative merits of SCALAR vs. ANVIL in web design.
Rachael Huener, German and Russian Studies, Macalester, to explore digital humanities projects that reflect true interdisciplinarity through digital multimedia environments. She will use this exploration to design cultural history templates that will help students in writing German in a way that reflects and enacts the multi- and interdisicplinary content and analysis of German Studies.
Joanna Inglot, Art History, Macalester, to learn Google Earth, Google Maps and Google Sketchup to enhance and innovate teaching and learning in Art History courses through digital exercises and learning modules that require technical skills like 2D and 3D imaging.
Karil Kucera, Asian Studies and Art History, St Olaf, to design “Cliff Notes Multi-Media Study of Text and Image at the Chinese Buddhist Site of Baodingshan.” Professor Kucera will upgrade the website using HTML5 to improve how visitors virtually experience the carved works at this sacred site, and he will imbed video podcasts in the site.
Justin London, Music, Carleton, to quantify “our musical enculturation” through developing a distributional profile of classical music found in a range of radio broadcasts, textbooks, and digital vendors; this will allow Professor London to gauge what a “representative sample” of western classical music
Michael McNally, Carleton, to design a website to share the research and writing of both scholars and students on religious diversity in Minnesota. Using new web editing tools like WordPress or through software such as OMEKA, Professor McNally will create a website that resources community collaboration with digital materials to promote understanding across religious communities.
Chris Wells, Macalester, and George Vrtis, Carleton, to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to put together place-based virtual tours (both on the web and through downloadable Android and iOS smartphone apps) based on their environmental history research on the Twin Cities riverfronts.