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Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning Selects 2019 Fellows

April 16, 2019

As part of the third cohort of Digital Scholarship Fellows, four faculty members and two students will pursue digital humanities research with support from the Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning (CDIL). The Digital Scholarship Fellowship programs are supported by the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) and the University of Idaho Library, as well as the Office of Research and Economic Development, College of Graduate Studies and the Office of Undergraduate Research.

This May, Summer Symposium Fellows will participate in the Palouse Digital Scholarship Symposium, a collaboration between CDIL and Washington State University's Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC). The intensive weeklong event explores a broad variety of tools, techniques, and ideas informing digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

  • Erin James (Associate Professor, English), Summer Symposium Fellow: James is examining how new means of digital reading and the sheer volume of content consumption is changing the cognitive processes of narrative comprehension, and hopes to engage with text-analysis techniques that can inform and reflect this evolving relationship between reading and narrative.
  • Katrina Eichner (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology), Summer Symposium Fellow: Eichner studies the processes of racialization on the American frontier and hopes to explore ways to engage the public in her research in the Fort Davis Archaeology Project (FODAAP), creating new means to explore difficult to access archeological sites, artifacts, and human stories.

CDIL Student Fellows will contribute to the development of existing and new digital scholarship projects while gaining hands-on experience pursuing digital humanities research during their summer long position.

  • Ricky Baldridge (English), COGS/CDIL Graduate Summer Fellow: Baldridge is interested in learning more about text data and analysis to pursue research about public discourse in contentious issues such as climate change in social media. Inspired by the interdisciplinary work starting in Confluence Lab, he hopes to apply literary theory alongside the methodologies of other fields to "explore possibilities for building bridges through polarized discussions".
  • Rylee Robertson (Anthropology and Sociology), OUR/CDIL Undergraduate Summer Fellow: Robertson has been working with 3D imaging to gather morphometric data for Anthropology research with advisor Susan Kuzminsky, and is excited to learn more about digital scholarship. She is particularly interested in the potential of digital publishing tools to increase outreach and communicate research in ways that engage the public beyond campus.
  • Kit Stokes (English), Library Summer Fellow: Stokes, a library employee in addition to graduate student, will explore new ways to reveal the stories of Japanese immigrants in northern Idaho using archival materials from the Potlatch Historical Society and Library Special Collections in digital platforms such as Esri Story Maps to enrich digital collections.

Fall Digital Scholarship Fellows will pursue unique research projects utilizing digital methods with the support of CDIL staff and associated faculty.

  • Sarah Nelson (Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Cultures), Fall Digital Scholarship Fellow: Nelson's project, "The Letters of Marie Mancini", aims to transcribe, translate, and digitally annotate the correspondence of a 17th century Italo-French woman named Marie Mancini (1639-1715), focusing on the use of digital tools to extend her work with the manuscript letters and provide new means of publishing the research on the web.
  • Zachary Turpin (Assistant Professor, English), Fall Digital Scholarship Fellow: Turpin's "Lost Literature & Digital Discovery" project, will expand his research in the recovery of lost or unknown works by American authors from digital archives using text-analysis techniques. He hopes to uncover new texts that fill gaps of in the record of well-known authors and restore important lesser known authors to light, while codifying new methodologies to pursue this scholarship.

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