DH Course and Project Support

The Digital Humanities Initiative at the Claremont Colleges supports not only our Digital Course Development and DH Research Project grant recipients but also a variety of other courses and projects. For more information about how to find the support you need, please contact the DH@CC Team.

Selected Courses

FHS 010: Vampires, Zombies, and the African Diaspora

Course Description

This course attempts to answer why zombies and vampires have become such a popular theme in contemporary popular culture in recent years. Historically, in popular culture and myths, vampires and zombies have often been depicted as monsters that return from the dead to exploit the living or to be exploited as forced labor. Arising out of imperialist fears in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, stories and films of vampires and zombies defined the monsters as the racialized Other. This historically framed course first examines early representations of vampires and zombies to recognize the racialized origins of the genre and to see how locals in Africa and the Caribbean interpreted such stories to describe their experiences of colonialism. The second part of the class analyzes how representations of monsters change after WWII related to modern societal fears of nuclear proliferation, mass culture, disease, racial mixing, capitalism/socialism and terrorism. Final projects (Video Graphic Essays) evaluate the influence of historical legacies of representations of zombies and vampires on contemporary representations of vampires and zombies in popular culture.

Final Projects

Adam Benmalek

Mimi Thompson

Jacqueline Alvarado

Selected Projects

Murals of Northern Ireland (1979-2018)

The Murals of Northern Ireland (1979-2018) archive provides a photographic record of the development of a significant form of public art across the years of armed conflict, conflict resolution, and post-conflict settlement. Consisting of some 7,000 images, the archive provides a unique insight into the uses of art as a social tool during some of the most momentous years in recent Irish and British history. In order to enhance our understanding of the murals, a detailed digital mapping project is now under construction; using Geographic Information Systems and historical and political annotation, it will afford new modes of analysis across time and space and will contribute to the development of innovative and creative forms of interpretation.

This project draws on the archive curated and maintained by the Claremont Colleges Digital Library.

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DH@CC has been made possible through a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.