The DH@CC Summer Institute is a week long, immersive learning symposium held for faculty members who were awarded a Summer Institute Grant. It took place during the first week of June at the Honnold Mudd Library, 2015. During the event, a wide selection of presentations and hands-on sessions were led by scholars working at the forefront of the digital humanities. Key topics at the symposium included discussions regarding the definition of the digital humanities and its uses, DH criticism, the advantages to infusing humanities courses with the digital, and controversies in the field. Hands-on sessions focused on getting started with tools such as Omeka, WordPress, video production and post production, mapping, and GIS, many of which were presented by professionals working at the 5Cs.
Below is a list of Summer Institute presenters and their talks.
David Kim: The Landscape of DH
David Kim is completing a dissertation titled “Knowledge Modeling in the Archives: Epistemology of Race and Ethnicity in Digital History.” This work engages questions of the archive in the context of critical race and queer studies, critiquing and reimagining the notions of evidence, authenticity and data in digital history projects. In addition to his written work, David has led and collaborated on a number of digital scholarly projects, partnering with faculty and archivists across Los Angeles. He has also played an important role in the establishment of the Digital Humanities undergraduate minor and graduate certificate programs at UCLA.
Liz Losh: DH Pedagogy & Critical Digital Studies
Elizabeth Losh is the author of Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes (MIT Press, 2009) and The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University (MIT Press, 2014). She is the co-author of the comic book textbook Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013) with Jonathan Alexander. She is currently working on a new monograph, tentatively entitled Obama Online: Technology, Masculinity, and Democracy.
She writes about gender and technology, the digital humanities, distance learning, media literacy, and the rhetoric surrounding regulatory attempts to limit everyday digital practices.
She has written a number of frequently cited essays about communities that produce, consume, and circulate online video, videogames, digital photographs, text postings, and programming code. The diverse range of subject matter analyzed in her scholarship has included coming out videos on YouTube, videogame fan films created by immigrants, combat footage from soldiers in Iraq shot on mobile devices, video evidence created for social media sites by protesters on the Mavi Marmara, remix videos from the Arab Spring, and the use of Twitter and Facebook by Indian activists working for women’s rights after the Delhi rape case. Much of this body of work concerns the legitimation of political institutions through visual evidence, representations of war and violence in global news, and discourses about human rights. This work has appeared in edited collections from MIT Press, Routledge, University of Chicago, Minnesota, Oxford, Continuum, and many other presses.
She is Director of the Culture, Art, and Technology program at Sixth College at U.C. San Diego, where she teaches courses on digital rhetoric and new media. She is also a blogger for Digital Media and Learning Central, and a Steering Committee member of HASTAC and FemTechNet.
Laila Shereen Sakr: Digital Activism & Social Media
Laila Shereen Sakr, aka VJ Um Amel, is a digital media theorist and artist working in computational art, live cinema, data visualization, and media activism. Her doctoral project used media analytics, visualization, and immersive storytelling techniques to map how participation in virtual worlds and networked publics have influenced the formation of a virtual body politic. This research led her to design the R-Shief media system for archiving and analyzing content from social networking sites.
Shereen Sakr has shown in solo and group exhibitions and performances at galleries and museums across the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East, and has published extensively. She holds an M.F.A. in Digital Arts and New Media from University of California, Santa Cruz, an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, and a PhD in Media Arts + Practice from the University of Southern California. As of July 2015 she will be an assistant professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara.
Tara McPherson: Digital Publishing & Critical Digital Studies
Tara McPherson is Associate Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She is a core faculty member of the IMAP program, USC’s innovative practice based-Ph.D., and also an affiliated faculty member in the American Studies and Ethnicity Department. Her research engages the cultural dimensions of media, including the intersection of gender, race, affect and place. She has a particular interest in digital media. Here, her research focuses on the digital humanities, early software histories, gender, and race, as well as upon the development of new tools and paradigms for digital publishing, learning, and authorship.
Her Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South (Duke UP: 2003) received the 2004 John G. Cawelti Award for the outstanding book published on American Culture, among other awards. She is co-editor of Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture (Duke UP: 2003) and editor of Digital Youth, Innovation and the Unexpected, part of the MacArthur Foundation series on Digital Media and Learning (MIT Press, 2008.) Her writing has appeared in numerous journals, including Camera Obscura, The Velvet Light Trap, Discourse, and Screen, and in edited anthologies such as Race and Cyberspace, The New Media Book, The Object Reader, Virtual Publics, The Visual Culture Reader 2.0, and Basketball Jones. The anthology, Interactive Frictions, co-edited with Marsha Kinder, is forthcoming from the University of California Press, and she is currently working on a manuscript examining the digital transformation of the archive as it mutates into the database.
Alex Juhasz: WordPress, Scalar
Alex Juhasz: WordPress, Scalar
Dr. Alexandra Juhasz is a Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College. She earned her Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from NYU and has taught courses at NYU, Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College, Claremont Graduate University, and Pitzer College, on YouTube, media archives, activist media, documentary, and feminist film.
Dr. Juhasz has written multiple articles on feminist, fake, and AIDS documentary. Her current work is on online feminist pedagogy, YouTube, and other more radical uses of digital media. She also produced the feature films, The Owls, and The Watermelon Woman, as well as nearly fifteen educational documentaries on feminist issues like teenage sexuality, AIDS, and sex education.
Dr. Juhasz is the director of the Munroe Center for Social Inquiry. For 2014-2015 the Center’s theme is Virus. For 2014-2019 she is leading the Mellon funded Digital Humanities at the Claremont Colleges: Developing Capacity and Community.
Warren Roberts: GIS & mapping; tools & classroom uses
Warren Roberts has been a geospatial educator since 1995. He is the program coordinator & professor at Rio Hondo College GIS Program. Professor Roberts is also an assistant Professor of GIS Practice Claremont Graduate University & provides GIS support for faculty and students at Claremont University Consortium.
Ashley Sanders: Omeka
Ashley Sanders recently graduated from Michigan State University with her Ph.D. in History and is the new Digital Scholarship Librarian here at the Claremont Colleges Library. Her research explores the development of settler colonies in the United States and French Algeria. She has served as a Network Developer for H-Net, an umbrella organization for over 200 humanities and social science scholarly networks, and project manager for the digitization of the Topanga Historical Society’s archives. In the short time she has been in Claremont, she has run a pilot 6-week Intro to DH Reading Group, collaborated on the DH Spring Symposium, and in involved in a number of other intercollegiate and library activities including the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, the Creativity and Innovation Initiative, and Open Access Week. She’s looking forward to getting to know you better and serving as a resource for you before, during, and after the DH Summer Institute.
AJ Strout and Karin Mak: Photo/video capturing and editing
AJ Strout has an MFA in Writing and Media and is currently a candidate at California Institute of the Arts for their 2nd MFA in Art and Technology. AJ is an independent video artist who produces promotional, educational, and informational videos for institutions with a penchant for social responsibility. They are also a writer, editor, activist, and feminist whose creative work is a transformative investigation of the spaces between established conventions that addresses the absence of queers in the technological social imaginary. Using traditions in self-reflexivity, AJ produces hybrid narratives in film and literature that are informed by personal experience and research in gender, culture, and technology.
Karin Mak teaches “Social Documentation and Asian Americans,” offered through the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies, at the Claremont Colleges. She also is the Assistant Director at the Asian American Resource Center at Pomona College. Her film “Red Dust” won the best documentary short at the LA Women’s Independent Film Festival. Karin graduated from Pomona in 2002 with a B.A. in Media Studies and received her M. A. in Social Documentation at UC Santa Cruz.
Sean Bjurstrom: Data visualization; tools & classroom uses
Sean received bachelors’ degrees in business information systems, accounting, and business administration with a focus in international business from Oregon State University. After graduation, he spent several years working for a nonprofit providing support in their accounting and information technology departments. This work triggered his interest in data mining, particularly its application in healthcare. The combination of coursework in data mining and health information systems drew him to Claremont Graduate University, where he is currently working on a master’s degree in Information Systems and Technology with a focus in data mining.
Dani Brecher Cook and Allegra Swift: Digital Identity & DH resources at Honnold Library
Dani Brecher Cook is the Information Literacy and Learning Technologies Coordinator at the Claremont Colleges Library. In this role, Dani coordinates the Library’s instruction program, manages the emerging technologies loan program, and serves as subject specialist for media studies and Classics. She received her MLIS from the University of North Carolina in 2013, and holds an A.B. in English Literature from the University of Chicago. Prior to entering librarianship, Dani worked in the publishing industry, including time at presses such as the University of Chicago Press and Bedford/St. Martin’s (now Macmillan Higher Ed).
Allegra Swift is the Scholarly Communication Team Leader and subject specialist for Science, Technology, and Society. Allegra began her career at the Claremont Colleges Library as the Metadata Librarian for the Claremont Colleges Digital Library and has expertise in digital library collection building and advocacy, metadata, scholarly communication, copyright, author rights, digital citizenship, and data management literacy.