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Five College Undergraduate Digital Humanities Fellowship CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Alex Brenon/ September 20, 2018/ 0 comments

The Five College program in Blended Learning and Digital Humanities is pleased to announce that our Undergraduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Junior and senior undergraduate students (and exceptional sophomores) at any of the five colleges are invited to submit proposals for creative and/or scholarly projects that draw together the humanities and substantial work with digital resources and/or technologies.

Virtual Reality in Higher Education: Using VR to Understand and Explore Metaphysics

vadala/ June 26, 2018/ 0 comments

This year’s Five College Postdoctoral scholar of Digital Humanities and Blended Learning, Jeffrey Vadala challenged his Hampshire College class to produce virtual reality representations of ancient beliefs systems for the class Anthropologically Critiquing Reality. Influenced by the “Ontological Turn,” this class explores how ontological and metaphysical systems shape societies around the world. For a semester-long project, Hampshire college students learned to…

Memetic Engines of Anticapitalism (2017-2018 Digital Humanities Undergrad Fellow)

vadala/ June 13, 2018/ 0 comments

By T.X. Watson When I was interviewed for the Valley Advocate podcast, Gina Beavers asked me what my most comfortable medium was as an artist. Since I was on camera, I couldn’t just shrug and say “iunno,” so I put a little effort into coming up with an answer. I wound up citing George Orwell’s essay “Why I Write,” which…

Cycles of Reconciliation by Lehua Matumoto (2017-2018 Digital Humanities Undergrad Fellow)

vadala/ May 28, 2018/ 0 comments

Amherst College’s Lehua Matsumoto built an interactive virtual reality environment that introduces students and interested users to the natural world surrounding Amherst College and the Western Massachusetts area. Noting a general lack of understanding local native American history, knowledge, and epistemology, Lehua’s project is designed to help people explore and create awareness of local indigenous ecological knowledge. This virtual reality experience…

Why Bare Hands? Why RYSE-UP? (2017-2018 Digital Humanities Undergrad Fellow)

vadala/ May 23, 2018/ 0 comments

2017-2018 Digital Humanities Undergraduate Fellow Key Estime is producing a hybrid project that articulates a digital video ethnography with a hypermedia web experience. Called “RYSE-UP,” this work explores the needs of youth in the RYSE Program; which stands for Railroad Street Youth Student Empowerment Program. Why Bare Hands? Why RYSE-UP? By Key Estime In the 21st century, the youth of…

Bailey Fernandez on Generating Myth (2017-2018 Five College Digital Humanities Undergrad Fellow)

vadala/ May 19, 2018/ 0 comments

By Bailey Fernandez My project was a hypertext digital thesis built in Twine and scored within MAX/MSP. Over the course of the project, I developed a critical/theoretical text addressing how mythic structures can be interpreted in a “generative” way across various platforms. Synthesizing the works of Levi-Strauss, Frazer, Barthes, and Derrida—I created an interlocking web of small essays on the…

Uncovering a New England Ghost Town (2017-2018 Five College Digital Humanities Undergrad Fellow)

vadala/ May 16, 2018/ 0 comments

The Five College Digital Humanities Undergraduate Fellowship supports innovative digital humanities projects from a variety of academic disciplines including archaeology, anthropology, English, critical studies, computer science and more. In this blog post, Gwendolyn Ruth Jones (Smith College) describes her cutting digital archaeological project that innovates in the use LiDAR for a historical archaeological survey in the Western Massachusetts region. Read…

Collaborative Creativity: What can art and design teach humanists about working together?

vadala/ April 22, 2018/ 0 comments

The Five College Digital Humanities program is pleased to welcome Prof. Tom Scheinfeldt  (University of Connecticut) for his talk/workshop called “Collaborative Creativity: What can art and design teach humanists about working together?” April 27, 2018 5:00 pm 301 Herter Hall University of Massachusetts, Amherst How can art and design-based approaches to the production of new knowledge inform humanities research? What can…

[Rescheduled] Collaborative Creativity: What can art and design teach humanists about working together?

vadala/ April 6, 2018/ 0 comments

The Five College Digital Humanities program is pleased to welcome Prof. Tom Scheinfeldt Ph.D. (University of Connecticut) for his talk called:  “Collaborative Creativity: What can art and design teach humanists about working together?” How can art and design-based approaches to the production of new knowledge inform humanities research? What can these disciplines teach us about deep and meaningful collaboration in…

[Innovatefellows] Summer’18 Innovate@ Symposium (only open to UMass faculty/staff)

vadala/ April 3, 2018/ 0 comments

UMass Faculty/Staff, We are offering Innovate@ Symposium from May 21-24 as a collaboration between TEFD, the UMass Libraries, and IT, and I am hoping you can share this information with your colleagues. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 20. Participation in the Symposium is supported by a $500 stipend, and faculty agree to deploy one new tool used in…