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November 8: Zephyr Frank, “Dramatic Networks from Near and Far: Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Theater in Context”

Wednesday, November 8, 4:10 pm Center for Digital Humanities, 344 Buttrick Hall Zephyr Frank Zephyr Frank is Gildred Professor of Latin American Studies at Stanford University, where he teaches history.  He is the author, most recently, of Reading Rio de Janeiro: Literature and Society in the Nineteenth Century (Stanford 2016).  He founded and directed Stanford’s…

Posted by on November 1, 2017 in Events, Workshops, Drop-in hours


Hannah Arendt. Collected Writings. Critical Edition

The “Hannah Arendt. Collected Writings. Critical Edition. Digital and Print” will be a complete hybrid edition of Hannah Arendt’s published and unpublished work. Funded by Vanderbilt University and realized in collaboration with the Free University of Berlin, and the Göttingen State and University Library, the critical edition will edit, catalog and published all related unpublished…

Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Projects


Visualizing Sexuality in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illnesses

Dr. Jenifer Dodd, History Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities The American Psychiatric Association presents the DSM, its official manual of mental illnesses, as an objective and authorless document whose only changes reflect increasingly scientific knowledge. Yet the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illnesses has been heavily contested since it was first published in 1952, and represents…

Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Projects


Collaboration and Play: Interarts Design and Pedagogical Practice

Mark Wolleager, English Mellon Faculty Fellow in Digital Humanities This project focuses on collaborative work between corporate engineers and artists that began in the mid 1960s under the aegis of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T), an enterprise that brought together engineers from Bell Labs, led by Billy Klüver, and a diverse range of New…

Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Projects


Spatial Analysis of the Division of Christianity in Roman North Africa

Dr. Bradley Daugherty, Religion, Historical Studies Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities The long-lasting division of Christianity into two competing communions in the fourth century is one of the major instances of religious schism in Late Antiquity, and the reasons for the division remain a matter of scholarly debate. The most influential mid-twentieth-century English-language work…

Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Projects


Player-Gamer-Soldier-Killer: The War on Terror and Video Game Shooters as Military Training

Seth Kim, Cinema and Media Arts Mellon Faculty Fellow in Digital Humanities This project scrutinizes the militarization of US culture in the years following the September 1, 2001 attacks.  Theorizing a broader process of militarization that includes US police forces, the project examines how mass culture in the twenty-first century familiarizes the civilian population with…

Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Projects


Digital Research Tool for Traditional Chinese Architecture

Tracy Miller, History of Art and Asian Studies Mellon Faculty Fellow in Digital Humanities This project involves developing a database of traditional Chinese architecture, with a special focus on timber-frame ritual architecture of China’s early middle period (ca. 900-1200 CE). The final Digital Research Tool will consist of four interrelated components: a searchable text-based Linked…

Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Projects


Mapping the Other Underground Railroad

Kimberly Welch, History Mellon Faculty Fellow in Digital Humanities This project traces human trafficking and kidnapping rings in the antebellum United States.  It draws on kidnapped black people’s lawsuits for freedom in Natchez, Mississippi—free people abducted in northern states and sold as slaves in the Deep South.  The project will use these lawsuits toward two ends:…

Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Projects


The Slave Societies Digital Archive 

Dr. Angela Sutton, History Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities Jane Landers, History, Principal Investigator and 2016-2017 Mellon Faculty Fellow in Digital Humanities The Slave Societies Digital Archive (SSDA) digitizes and collates historic primary sources from former slave societies. Drawn from a wide range of sources, from Catholic church records to notarial, government, and other secular archives,…

Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Projects


October 31: Talk and Play 02

Talk and Play 02: Horror and Hypertext Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Vanderbilt Center for Digital Humanities (344 Buttrick Hall), 7:00-9:00 pm Join us on All Hallows’ Eve for a night of horror! During the second Talk and Play event for the 2017/2018 academic year, we’ll be playing Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn (2015), a trope-laden, branching-narrative, survival-horror game. Until…

Posted by on October 26, 2017 in Events, Workshops, Drop-in hours, News