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DH Graduate Fellows 2021-22

Brandon Bark

Graduate Student in Classics

Project Title: "Style and Language Amid the Fragments of Archaic Latin Literature"

The earliest works of Latin literature survive only in fragments. These fragments come to us thanks to later critics and compilers who quoted excerpts of archaic Latin literature in their own works, often to make generalizations about how Latin language and literature had functioned centuries earlier. I am interested in using Digital Humanities tools to discover new patterns about the language and style used by these earliest Latin authors, as well as to discover novel relationships between these authors and the later critics responsible for their transmission.

Hank Gerba

Graduate Student in Art and art history

Project Title: "Complex Subjects"

In this project I will be researching complexity sciences and their computational deployments from a media philosophical perspective. I will explore the ways in which cybernetic notions of causality, personhood, and sociality persist in, and are expressed through, algorithmic cultures. Following a philosophy of “critical making,” the project’s formal and methodological qualities will emerge as I embed myself in the tools, methods, and infrastructures of computational complexity.

Annie Lamar

Graduate Student in Classics

Project Title: "Foundations for the Alpheios Research Lab"

Working with The Alpheios Project, Ltd., a non-profit organization that develops digital tools for reading ancient languages, I am researching how undergraduates use technology in their first-year ancient language courses. The work done in this project and our initial analysis of the data that Alpheios has collected will serve as the foundation for the research branch of the Alpheios foundation.

Aleksandra Zuzanna Leniarska

Visiting graduate student in English

Project Title: "Return to Realism? Comparing 19th- and 21st-Century Novel Forms"

My research compares the socio-political circumstances that accompanied the rise of the Realist novel in the 19th century with the 21st-century neoliberalism that has coincided with a return to realist narratological strategies in Anglophone fiction. I will use digital tools for distant reading to identify similarities and differences between 19th-century Realism and 21st-century Neorealism with the aim of answering questions about the connections between different forms of capitalism and realism.

Andrew Nelson

Graduate Student in East Asian Languages and Culture

Project Title: "Imperial Vocabulary: Public Political Discourse of Trans-Pacific Japan, 1868-1912"

From Japan to Indonesia to Brazil and beyond, my project leverages digitized archives of Japanese metropolitan and diaspora newspapers to examine how the meanings of newly coined political terms metamorphosed over time and space during Japan's transition into a modern empire.

James Parkhouse

Postdoctoral Scholar in English and at CESTA

Project Title: "Statistical Analysis of Alliterative Collocations in Old Norse Eddic Poetry" 

The metrical form of Old Norse poetry required a certain number of stressed syllables per line to alliterate with each other, resulting in recurring combinations of alliterating words known as collocations. I will be conducting computer-aided statistical analysis of the recurring pairs of alliterating words in the corpus of eddic poetry, to determine which combinations are deliberate stylistic devices and which are likely to have recurred by chance. This will provide valuable insight into the worldviews of the poets and their primary audiences, and inform further studies of the stylistic effects achieved through the use of traditional collocating pairs.

Valentina Ramia

Graduate Student in Anthropology

Project Title: "Fear in the Archive: A Digital Analysis of Ethnographic Concepts in Immigration Judges' Decisions"

This project is part of my dissertation research about how fear is interpreted in asylum law in the United States. Based on archival data collected during fieldwork, I digitally analyze ethnographic concepts related to “pathological” and “reasonable” fear in order to understand how immigration judges interpret what kind of fear makes someone worthy of asylum.

Dewei Shen

Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for East Asian Studies

Project Title: "A Different Kind of Chinese Empire: The City Networks of Chu (c. 350 – c. 100 BCE)"

My overall research focus is on explaining the first wave of imperiogenesis in China from the mid-fourth through the second century BCE. In this DH project, by drawing on a wealth of new archaeological and manuscript evidence, I analyze the extended Chu city networks mainly in South Central China to explore how and why the Chu Empire allowed a higher level of regional autonomy to develop—even when it was under great pressure to politically and militarily reconfigure itself.

Carmen Thong

Graduate Student in English

Project Title: "Encoding the Postcolonial Nation in Place"

I hypothesize that places can be imbued and encoded with ideas that correspond to the overall narrative structure of the nation, and that literature plays a big role in these processes of encoding. I aim to investigate if, for postcolonial nations, this process of place encoding is largely dominated by colonial discourses. If so, how might knowing what has been encoded into postcolonial locales, and how, be used to overwrite these encodings with local narratives?

Iris Zhang

Graduate Student in Sociology

Project Title: "Using Maps and Spatial Data to Investigate Neighborhood Change"

Using data from a variety of sources (Census, maps, interviews), I investigate multiple aspects of neighborhood change associated with different stages of gentrification in the U.S.